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EMBO New Venture Fellowship




In memory of a bright-minded and passionate scientist, the EMBO New Venture Fellowship will help early career scientists explore topics outside their current area to allow them to pursue a new research direction in their future work.


Suzanne Eaton was an internationally acclaimed scientist, known for her contribution to cell signalling, tissue mechanics and, more recently, regulation of metabolism during development, and mathematical modelling. She was actively engaged in multi-disciplinary research and encouraged others to overcome the challenges of entering a new field for the benefit of intellectual and scientific advancement.


With the desire of many to honour Suzanne as a scientist, mentor, and friend, a fund was established in her memory. These funds can now be invested in science, in Suzanne’s honor. Donations to the Suzanne Eaton Memorial Fund continue to be gratefully accepted at: https://www.betterplace.org/en/projects/71780-suzanne-eaton-fund.



The goal of the EMBO New Venture Fellowship is to support early career scientists, in any field of life science research, who would use this opportunity to enter a new field or bring a new direction to their research efforts. These are career development fellowships with the intention to support high quality candidates to explore feasible projects, generating the preliminary data to help transform their research trajectory.


The projects should address an important problem or a barrier to progress in the field, and should constitute joint research with the hosting laboratory, rather than consultations. Funded applicants will receive travel and subsistence support for international research exchanges of up to three months, in eligible countries.




  • Applicants must be active researchers with a minimum of 2 years’ research experience at the PhD level, and no more than 2 years’ experience as an independent group leader.
  • Projects must have a biological significance and should increase our knowledge on a particular biological process.
  • Applications should promote interdisciplinary research, with the proposed project being different to the applicant’s current topic.
  • Applications should aim to form new collaborations, to help ensure the continuity of the research.
  • The fellowship must involve a research project at the host lab. Applications for consultations only, or to attend courses, workshops, or symposia will not be considered.
  • EMBO does not consider applications for the EMBO New Venture Fellowship to prolong visits begun under other auspices, or as bridging fellowships between, or prior to, long term stays funded by EMBO or other organizations.
  • The fellowships are awarded for exchanges between laboratories in EMBC Member States, Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners. During 2021, applications for research exchanges involving Japan and one of the EMBC Member States or Cooperation Partnersare eligible. Exchanges between two laboratories within the same country are not eligible.




Two application calls will take place, funding up to 3 fellowships per call. The first call will open on 1st March 2021 and accept applications until 13:00 CET on 1st June 2021. Funding decisions will be made in September 2021, and the awards are available from 1st October 2021. The second call will open in spring 2022 (exact dates and details TBC).


The application process is handled via the online application system. Applications and supporting documentation (two references, receiving institute acceptance) are only accepted via the online application system.


Please read the EMBO New Venture Fellowship guidelines before applying online.




All applications are examined by the EMBO Fellowship Office to ensure that they are complete and eligible. Receipt of complete applications will be acknowledged via email. Final decisions will be made by the EMBO Fellowship Head based on reports provided by the EMBO Short-term Fellowship Advisory Board.


Applications are assessed by the following criteria:

  • The biological significance of the project and future work, including its aim to increase our knowledge on a particular biological process.
  • The quality, feasibility, and novelty of the project to be developed/carried out in the hosting laboratory.
  • Justification of the research visit with regard to the applicant’s scientific vision.
  • Justification of why the research project is different from the applicant’s current work.
  • The suitability of the host laboratory for the proposed work.
  • CV of the candidate.
  • Reference letters demonstrating the credibility of the candidate and their ability to succeed in a new area of research.

Candidates will be informed by email by mid-September 2021 regarding the outcome of their application.




Duration of support

The EMBO New Venture Fellowships are intended for visits of up to 3 months (90 days).


Travel costs and stipend

The fellowships contribute towards travel costs and subsistence of the fellow but not of any dependents. The subsistence rate depends on the country being visited.



Applicants and their projects can be advertised via EMBO’s communication channels at the time of the award, and at the conclusion of the fellowship.


End of fellowship


At the end of the fellowship applicants are asked to provide EMBO with a report of their activity at the host institute. The report should be sent to fellowships@embo.org.


The final report must be submitted to the fellowship office within 3 months of completing the research visit. The report should be about two pages and should summarise the results as well as possible plans for further work to be undertaken. It may include diagrams, charts or illustrations. Upon receipt of the final report, the EMBO office will send a certificate stating the start date and duration of the fellowship, the place where it was held, the EMBO New Venture Fellowship number and the title of the project developed.




1 June 2021


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Kelly Sheehan-Rooney

Kelly Sheehan-Rooney
Programme Head
 T. + 49 6221 8891 122



Inga Brak

Inga Brak
Postdoctoral Fellowships Specialist
T. + 49 6221 8891 561


Benardine Ngu

Benardine Ngu
Finance & Fellowships Officer
T. + 49 6221 8891 107


Susi Power

Susi Power
Fellowships Officer
T. + 49 6221 8891 409