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EMBO Installation Grants support establishment of eight laboratories across Europe


Updated version, replacing the press release issued 18 December 2017


Heidelberg, 18 December 2017 – EMBO announces today eight life scientists as recipients of EMBO Installation Grants. These grants will support the early-career researchers in establishing their independent laboratories in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Portugal and Turkey.


EMBO Installation Grants are awarded on the basis of scientific excellence and international mobility as the primary selection criteria. Recipients must have spent at least two consecutive years outside the country in which they are planning to establish their research group.


EMBO Director Maria Leptin says: “EMBO stands for excellence in the life sciences across Europe. Through the Installation Grants scheme, we encourage young researchers to return or move to countries that find it difficult to compete with large well-funded centers of research in some of the other European countries. We hope to improve the participating countries’ competitiveness in European science by helping talented scientists set up laboratories there.”


“We are pleased to welcome these eight talented researchers to the EMBO community, and look forward to supporting them during this challenging step in their career in order to establish scientific excellence across the whole continent,” Leptin adds.


Installation Grants are awarded annually. They are funded primarily by the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Portugal and Turkey, the participating Member States of the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC), EMBO’s intergovernmental funding body.


Each Installation Grantee receives 50,000 euros annually for three to five years from their host country 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.


The next application deadline for EMBO Installation Grants is 15 April 2018.


Selected statistics

  • EMBO has supported 94 group leaders through Installation Grants since 2006
  • The 2017 grantees will establish two laboratories each in Poland and Estonia, and one each in the Czech Republic, Portugal an Turkey
  • The 2017 Installation Grantees include four women and three men

 Recipients of the EMBO Installation Grants 2017



Research interest

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Bruno Costa-Silva

Exosome populations associated with liver metastasis


Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon, PT

Elif Firat-Karalar*

Dissecting the function and regulation of the centrosome/cilium complex


Koc University, Istanbul, TR

Zuzana Keckesova

Identification of cancer cell vulnerabilities

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, CZ


Ayse Koca Caydasi

Regulation of mitotic exit

Koc University, Istanbul, TR


Elin Org


The interplay between gut microbiota and type 2 diabetes

Estonian Genome Centre, University of Tartu, EE

Wojciech Pokrzywa

Identification of signals coordinating the proteolytic quality control networks

International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Warsaw, PL

Arto Pulk

Neuronal protein synthesis regulation by RNA granules


University or Tartu, Tartu, EE

Agata Starosta

Ribosome specialization in Bacillus subtilis


Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, PL



*Elif Firat-Karalar was awarded an Installation Grant after the original announcement on 18 December 2017.