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EMBO Young Scientists’ Forum


The EMBO Young Scientists' Forum brings together EMBO Installation Grantees, EMBO Young Investigators and PhD students and postdoctoral researchers for an overview of the latest development in the life sciences.

The annual meeting takes place in one of the countries participating in the EMBO Installation Grants (Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Portugal and Turkey) and is organized by local Installation Grantees. It provides European PhD students, postdocs and junior investigators with the opportunity to interact with some of Europe's most promising young scientists.

Students and postdocs have the possibility to present their work as short talks and as posters. Poster sessions and a social event provide a friendly environment for informal discussions of the policies and practices for doing world-class science.

The next meeting will take place in 2018 at Bogazici University | Guney Campus, Istanbul, Turkey.


For more details please visit EYSF 2018


Previous meetings:

EMBO Young Scientists’ Forum 2016 PT-Lisbon 1 - 2 September 2016
EMBO Young Scientists’ Forum 2015 PL-Warsaw 2 - 3 Jul 2015
EMBO Young Scientists’ Forum 2014 CZ-Brno 29 - 30 May 2014
EMBO Young Scientists’ Forum 2013 PT-Lisbon 15 - 16 Jul 2013
EMBO Young Scientists’ Forum 2012 TR-Istanbul 14 - 16 Jun 2012
EMBO Young Scientists’ Forum 2011 PL-Warsaw 30 Jun - 1 Jul 2011
EMBO Young Scientists’ Forum 2010 CZ-Prague 8 - 10 Jun 2010
EMBO Young Scientists’ Forum 2009 HR-Zagreb 15 - 17 Jun 2009
EMBO Young Scientists’ Forum 2008 TR-Istanbul 20 - 22 Feb 2008

Find an Installation Grantee


The Installation Grantee database contains details of all people and projects supported by Installation Grants since their introduction in 2006.

Installation Grants


EMBO Installation Grants support early-career scientists establishing independent laboratories in one of five participating EMBC Member States that fund their respective grantees. At present, Installation Grant applications are accepted annually by the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Portugal, Turkey and Lithuania with the aim of strengthening the life sciences in these countries.


The Installation Grants were launched in 2006. Installation Grantees are selected annually on the basis of high-quality research, and, together with the EMBO Young Investigators, form a prestigious network of Europe’s up-and-coming life scientists.

To date, 78 scientists have been selected as Installation Grantees. Information about the projects that have been funded each year and their recipients is available in the EMBO Installation Grantee database.

Apply for an Installation Grant



EMBO Installation Grantees receive an annual grant of 50,000 euros for three to five years. They can also apply for additional small grants of up to 10,000 euros per year.


Recipients of an Installation Grant are integrated into the EMBO Young Investigator network. As a result, they benefit from the extensive networking opportunities and practical support this programme offers:



  • The annual EMBO Young Investigator meeting
  • Special interest groups organizing sectoral meetings on a number of topics
  • Joint group meetings with other programme member’s labs
  • Visits to discussion a potential collaboration with another programme member
  • Seminars by Young Investigators at another programme members' institute
  • Research visits of a lab member to another programme member’s laboratory to exchange expertise.

Support for Young Investigators:

Support for Young Investigator laboratories:

Detailed information about the benefits is listed in our programme guide for Young Investigators and Installation Grantees (pdf).


Candidates applying for an Installation Grant must:

  • Be negotiating a full-time group leader position at an institute/university in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Portugal, Turkey or Lithuania by the date of application
    OR have established a laboratory in one of these countries in the last two years.
  • Have spent at least two consecutive years outside the country in which they are planning to establish their laboratory in the four years prior to application.
  • Have received their PhD less than 9 years prior to application.

For detailed information on the eligibility criteria, please consult the application guidelines (pdf).




Applications for EMBO Installation Grants are accepted annually and must be submitted through an online system.


Application process

  • Call for 2018 application round is now closed.
  • Selected applicants will be interviewed by an EMBO Member who is an expert in the applicant's research area. Interviews will take place by end of August 2018.
  • Based on recommendations from the EMBO Young Investigator Committee, the Strategic Development Installation Grants (SDIG) Board will make the final decision by the end of November 2018.
  • All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by email.

Required documentation

The complete application for Installation Grants consists of:

  • CV
  • Synopsis of recent work
  • Description of the research programme
  • Short summary of proposed research
  • Publication list and list of two best papers
  • Three letters of reference
  • Description of the receiving institute
  • Information and confirmation of the receiving institute, including a description of
    • the available infrastructure
    • any start-up package provided
    • the duties and benefits of the applicant

EMBO will consider papers published on preprint servers (arXiv, BioRxiv, PeerJ., etc), but a first author publication in an international peer reviewed journal is still a requirement.


Do NOT indicate the journal impact factor. EMBO is a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA, ascb.org/dora/), which recommends “not to use journal based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles, to assess an individual scientist’s contributions, or in hiring, promotion, or funding decisions”.


For detailed information on the eligibility criteria, application process, key dates and required documentation, please consult the application guidelines (pdf).



Selection criteria

The selection committee takes into account the application, interview report and host institute's offer and will rank all applications based on the following criteria:

  • Track record
  • Proposed research
  • Group and research environment
  • Offer by the host institute
  • Financial and intellectual independence

For a detailed list of selection criteria, download our application guidelines.


Selection process

The number of grants available each year is decided by the Strategic Installation Grant (SDIG) Board, which is made up of representatives from participating EMBC Members States. Selection of EMBO Installation Grantees is made by the EMBO Young Investigator Committee.


The selection process involves the following steps:

  • The pre-screening of applications: After this stage, approximately 50% of applicants are selected for an interview with an EMBO Member who is an expert in the applicant’s research area.
  • Ranking by the selection committee: Based on the above selection criteria, the EMBO Young Investigator Committee creates a ranked list of recommended recipients.
  • Final decision: The SDIG Board makes the final decision on the number of awards on the basis of recommendations from the selection committee.
  • All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by email shortly following the board meeting.

Research Integrity

EMBO expects responsible conduct of research from its awardees. All the research activities carried out shall be in compliance with fundamental ethical and research integrity principles. In line with our commitment with these initiatives, we require all Installation Grantees to complete an online course on research integrity.


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