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For current Young Investigators and Installation Grantees


Since its launch in 2000, the EMBO Young Investigator Programme (YIP) supports independent scientists that are selected as EMBO Young Investigators and Installation Grantees. 


Programme members receive extensive support for networking interactions and other career development opportunities. Some highlights are summarized below.  A more complete list, with details of the levels of support and how to apply for these, is provided in the programme guide (pdf)


  • The programme offers both an annual EMBO Young Investigator meeting for all former and current programme members and more specialized meetings, allowing interaction between programme members. 
  • Networking funds support a wide range of other interactions between programme members – including institute visits and joint group meetings. Student exchanges and meeting grants allow interactions between current EMBO Young Investigator and Installation Grant labs with the wider scientific community.  Additionally, programme members organizing a conference/course can receive sponsorship.
  • The programme raises the profile of Young Investigators by offering EMBO Young Investigator Lecture Grants to programme members, who are invited as speakers at international conferences, and by including their details in the EMBO directory.
  • Support is provided for your lab members – for example, through the annual YIP PhD Course, a course run by Young Investigators for students in Young Investigator laboratories.  Further support for your growing lab includes access to EMBL Core Facilities.

An overview of the financial award for the Young Investigators and Installation Grantees is also provided in the programme guide (pdf).  For details of the payment mechanism (which varies from country to country) please contact the Young Investigator Programme office.


Upcoming events, deadlines, and other opportunities within the programme are  included in the bi-monthly eNewsletter sent to programme members.  

Young Investigator PhD Course 


Organized by EMBO Young Investigators, this PhD course provides students working in the Young Investigators' labs with a broad overview of the biological sciences alongside training in skills required for a scientific career. The international scientific experience of the course organizers and the diversity of both teachers and participants – in terms of scientific interest and nationality – help shape the students' future perspectives.


A major focus is on soft-skills including training in scientific writing and communicating science to a lay-audience. Participants have the chance to practice presenting a poster and giving a short talk, receiving constructive feedback on their talks. An intensive training session provides the opportunity to further improve presentation skills. Practical exercises on grant proposals and reviewing papers are included in the programme, as well as scientific lectures.


The 2014 course will take place from 1 - 6 December 2014.  The provisional programme, including an outline of each module of the course, can be downloaded from the "downloads section".



The deadline for applications to attend the course was 4 July 2014. The course is oversubscribed, we can therefore not accept any late-applications.



Please note, participants (or their labs) must cover their own travel costs. For advice on travel to Heidelberg please see travel to EMBO. EMBO covers course participation, accommodation and meals. 


Young Investigator Meeting 2015


13-15 May 2015


The annual EMBO Young Investigator Meeting provides a forum for the members of the programme to network and exchange ideas. Young Investigators present their research and informal discussions give the opportunity to exchange ideas on scientific or general interest topics.



The official programme starts at lunch-time on Wednesday 13 May 2015 and finishes mid-afternoon on Friday 15 May 2015. The meeting comprises of short talks from all attendees, science policy and publishing sessions, and a discussion of YIP programme activities. Optional training workshop(s) will also be held on the morning of 13 May. Please see the provisional programme for further details.



The meeting will take place at the Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC / UPF), part of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park


Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, Carrer Doctor Aiguader, 88, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

web: http://www.prbb.org/



All current and former EMBO Young Investigators and EMBO Installation Grantees are invited to participate, as well as EMBL group leaders. The registration deadline was 20 March.  If you would still like to register please complete the registration form  and send  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. an email to let us know.



The YIP office / local organisers will arrange accommodation for registered participants. The meeting hotel is:


FourPoints by Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal, Avenida Diagonal 161-163, Barcelona 8018, Spain

phone: (34) 93 486 88 00 | web: http://www.fourpointsbarcelonadiagonal.com/ 



Participants should please book their own travel. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed for all members of the programme (please refer to the travel guidelines for Young Investigators). Please keep us updated with your travel plans, so we can arrange the programme and hotel accommodation accordingly.


Local transport

A taxi is the easiest way to get from the airport to hotel or venue; the trip should take around 30 minutes and cost 35 - 40 euro. To get to the venue, it is also easy to take public transport (~50 minute journey): take the train from terminal 2 of the airport to Passeig de Gràcia station in the city centre, and change there to the L4 (yellow) line of the metro (towards La Pau), exit at Ciutadella / Vila Olímpica station, which is a short walk from the PRBB (see map at back of programme).


For those flying out on Friday evening, we have organised a  bus to the airport after the last session. Buses have also been arranged between the hotel and venue.


For details of public transport in Barcelona please see the website of Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), Catalonia’s main public transport operator..

Find a Young Investigator


Please access the Young Investigator database to find a Young Investigator to invite as a speaker, or to find out more about their research.

Young Investigators


EMBO chooses some of the best young group leaders in Europe, through a highly competitive annual selection to join the EMBO Young Investigator programme.


During their three-year tenure in the programme, EMBO Young Investigators receive a range of financial and practical benefits. These support them during a critical stage of their career, and help them realize their potential as world-class researchers.


A key aspect of the programme is networking. EMBO Young Investigators benefit from a vibrant and broad network of over 300 scientists, made up of current and former Young Investigators, and recipients of an EMBO Installation Grant.


Other initiatives such as EMBO Young Investigator Lecture Grants aim to raise the profile of the young group leaders.

Apply to be a Young Investigator




Applications are accepted from candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • Have been an independent group leader for at least one year at the pre-application deadline
  • Have been an independent group leader for less than four years on 1 January in the year of application.
  • Have at least two years of post PhD scientific experience and an excellent track record.
  • Work in the life sciences in an EMBC member state. Special provisions are made for scientists in Singapore and based at Taiwanese institutes, as part of the Singapore-EMBO|EMBC and Taiwanese-EMBO|EMBC cooperation agreement.
  • Have obtained sufficient funding to run their laboratory.
  • Have published at least one last author research paper in an international peer reviewed journal from independent work carried out in their own laboratory.
  • Are 40 years old or younger on 1 January in the year of application, unless exceptional circumstances have significantly delayed career progression.
  • Are able to attend an interview on 6 or 7 October 2015 in Heidelberg.


Please note:

  • We accept 'last author' research papers that are in submission by the deadline (1 April each year). Last author reviews are not accepted.
  • For female candidates with children, both the limit of four-years since independence and the age limit of 40 is automatically extended by one year per child.
  • Illness, parental leave and extended military service are considered as exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Special provision may also be made for clinical scientists. If you feel your circumstances warrant an extension of the eligibility periods, please contact the EMBO office for advice before applying.
  • When defining independence we take into account whether the scientist writes grants in their own name; reports directly to funding agencies; is able to submit manuscripts as a last author and can be responsible for supervising their own graduate students and/or post docs.



Application to the EMBO Young Investigator Programme is via a two-stage application process. Please read the YIP Application Guidelines (pdf) and check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Deadline for pre-application

1 April, 14:00 CEST*

Pre-application results

20 May

Full applications invited

20 May

Deadline for full application

22 June

Committee meeting & interviews

6 and 7 October 2015



Application process 2015

The pre-application deadline for the 2015 call is 1 April 14:00 CEST. 


Stage 1 Pre-application:

  1. Applicants are asked to submit basic information about their scientific career and track record via our online application system as well as:

     * Important note: The details of the three referees should be submitted as soon as possible. You can continue to update your online form until the deadline. Reference letters are automatically requested, are only accepted via the online system and must be submitted by the deadline.

  2. After the application deadline, we will confirm that the pre-application has been received and is complete.
  3. Pre-applications of eligible applicants are sent to the EMBO Young Investigator Committee for pre-screening.
  4. Following pre-screening approximately 50 applicants are invited to submit a full application and attend an interview with the selection committee.


Stage 2 full application:

  1. Applicants are asked to provide further information via the online system, and a final application form  to be completed and uploaded as a PDF via the online system. Applicants should refer to the YIP Application Guidelines when completing this form.
  2. Full applications are sent to an EMBO Member expert in the area of the applicant's research for a confidential review.
  3. Candidates are interviewed by the EMBO Young Investigator Committee in October. 



The EMBO Young Investigator Committee, is looking for the best and most promising young independent researchers in Europe. The primary selection criterion applied by all EMBO committees is scientific excellence.


The aspects considered in particular by the EMBO Young Investigator Committee when making their decisions are:


Track record

  • Are the publications to date an indication that this is an outstanding scientist?
    • Please note that EMBO is a signatory of DORA and does not use journal-based metrics such as impact factor for evaluation.
  • Has the applicant shown a willingness to change research area, which is an indication of an ability to tackle new and important problems?


  • Is the proposed research ambitious and likely to lead to novel contributions in the field?
  • Does the applicant have the potential to become a future leader in their field?

Group and Research environment

  • Is the research environment conducive to competitive research?
  • Are the number of laboratory members and the available funds sufficient to undertake the described research?


  • Is the candidate intellectually and financially independent? What is the influence of former supervisors and institute heads on the candidate's current research?


Selection process:

  1. At the pre-application stage the committee judge whether the initial application is competitive enough to be considered for the award. About 50 applicants are invited to submit a full application and attend an interview.
  2. Full applications are requested and sent to an EMBO Member expert in the area of the applicant's research for a confidential review.
  3. Candidates attend a panel interview with a subset of the committee. Candidates are asked to deliver a 10-minute presentation summarizing their current results, projects and future directions. The presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. A logical and convincing presentation can be a distinguishing factor between the excellent applications received.

  4. The committee makes a final decision on each application after the interviews based on the performance at interview, the information provided in the application form and a confidential review by an EMBO Member expert in the candidate's field.
  5. All candidates are informed by email of the outcome of their full application.



EMBO Young Investigators benefit from extensive networking opportunities, and other financial and practical support.


EMBO Young Investigators receive a financial award of 15,000 euros in their second year. All current EMBO Young Investigators can also apply for small grants of up to 10,000 euros from funds provided by EMBO Council.


The EMBO Young Investigator Programme is unique in its focus on networking. EMBO Young Investigators are formally programme members for 3-years, and during this time are encouraged to interact with each other, EMBL group leaders and the growing network of former Young Investigators.


Funded activities include:

Detailed information about the benefits are listed in our programme guide (pdf).







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Michele GarfinkelMichele Garfinkel
Programme Manager
T. +49 6221 8891 552


Alessandra BendiscioliSandra Bendiscioli
Programme Officer
T. + 49 6221 8891 119