Funding for meetings that stimulate exchanges of the latest scientific knowledge

The deadlines for applications are 1 March 2023 and 1 August 2023, 09:00 CET


EMBO is looking to fund meetings that facilitate the exchange of top-level science. In addition, the following aspects are considered by the EMBO Course Committee: 

Scientific programme:

  • The programme should cover interesting and original topics or a combination of topics in breadth and depth.


  • The selected speakers should fully cover the proposed topic.
  • At least 50% of the invited speakers should be based in EMBC Member States or in EMBC Associate Member States or in countries and territories covered by a cooperation agreement. Significant biases from certain states should be avoided.
  • Meetings held outside the European EMBC Member States should have at least 33% speakers based in Europe.
  • There should be a balance between leading researchers in the field and early-career researchers as speakers.
  • At least 40% of the speakers should be from the underrepresented gender.
  • Speakers should be mostly confirmed at the time of the application.
  • While EMBO specifies certain targets of gender and geographic participation to promote inclusiveness and diversity in EMBO Courses and Workshops, we ask organisers to enable diversity across the spectrum, thus ensuring that EMBO Courses and Workshops are a safe, inclusive and welcoming learning space for all speakers and participants regardless of individual beliefs or characteristics.

Networking aspects:

  • Sufficient time should be dedicated to poster sessions and informal interactions.


  • The group of organizers must be scientifically, geographically and gender diverse.


  • The location must be suitable for the planned meeting.

For a detailed list of selection criteria please refer to the application guidelines

Selection process:

  • All applications are screened by the EMBO Courses & Workshops Office to ensure eligibility requirements are met.
  • Each application is assigned to and reviewed in depth by at least two members of the EMBO Course Committee.
  • The final decision on which proposals receive funding is made by the entire committee at meetings in May and October. The success rate of applications is approximately 50%.
  • All applicants are informed of the outcome of their application by email shortly after the committee meeting.