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EMBO Installation Grants to support eight researchers in establishing laboratories


Updated version, replacing the press release issued 12 December 2016


Heidelberg, 23 December 2016 – Eight life scientists have been awarded EMBO Installation Grants to set up independent research laboratories in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Portugal and Turkey.


 “Through the Installation Grants we encourage some of the best early-career researchers to share their expertise across Europe by setting up laboratories in selected EMBC Member States,” explains EMBO Director Maria Leptin. “Each year, we receive applications from outstanding scientists, and it is a pleasure to be able to support them during this challenging career phase in order to establish scientific excellence across the whole continent.” 


Installation Grants are awarded annually. They are funded primarily by the participating member states Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Portugal and Turkey. Grantees are selected by a committee of EMBO Members on the basis scientific excellence as the primary selection criterion.


Each Installation Grantee receives 50,000 euros annually for three to five years to support the establishment of an independent research group. In addition to financial support, the recipients receive networking opportunities and practical support by becoming part of the EMBO Young Investigator network. 


Since 2006, EMBO has supported 87 group leaders through Installation Grants. Of the most recent awardees, two* will establish laboratories in Turkey, two in Poland, two in Portugal, one in Estonia, and one in the Czech Republic. 


The next application deadline for EMBO Installation Grants is 15 April 2017.



Research interest

Going to

Coming from

Jaan-Olle Andressoo

Gene knock-up to treat Parkinson’s disease

Tallinn Institute of Technology, EE

University of Helsinki, FI

Claus Maria Azzalin

Telomeres, cancer and aging

Institute of Molecular Medicine, Lisbon, PT

Institute of Biochemistry, ETH Zurich, CH

Murat Alper Cevher

Characterization of mediator-estrogen receptor interaction

Bilkent University, Ankara, TR

Rockefeller University, NY, US

Rafal Ciosk

Cell fate plasticity in development and tissue homeostasis

Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Poznan, PL

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, CH

Catarina Homem

Temporal and metabolic regulation of stem cells

Chronic Diseases Research Center, Nova Medical School, PT

Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of Austria, Vienna, AT

Abdullah Kahraman

Non-coding cancer driver mutations in isoform networks

Sabanci University, Istanbul, TR

Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zurich, CH

Vladimír Varga

Construction of the eukaryotic flagellum

Institute of Molecular Genetics of the ASCR, Prague, CZ

University of Oxford, UK

Piotr Ziolkowski

Crossover control in plants

Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, PL

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK


* The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK), had initially pledged to award four grants, but subsequently found that funding was only sufficient to award two.


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