19 October 2021 – EMBO has added activities to existing programmes and is launching new schemes to increase participation of life scientists in or going to those countries that currently benefit less from its programmes compared with others. “Our aim is to counterbalance this uneven spread in participation”, says Maria Leptin, EMBO Director.
Life scientists in EMBC Members States and beyond have access to the EMBO Programmes. But researchers from the different member states do not participate equally: application and success rates vary between the countries. With the new and adapted schemes, EMBO facilitates a more even participation.
For the next three years, life scientists in or going to Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia, and Turkey are eligible to apply to these schemes. Other EMBC Member States can join this set of participating countries by decision of the EMBC, the inter-governmental organization that funds the major EMBO Programmes and activities.
The new and adapted schemes are:
Five additional EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships are now reserved for researchers applying to work in one of the participating countries. In addition, an interview by an EMBO Member or Young Investigator is now guaranteed to the researchers applying to work in those countries, provided their application passes initial screening for overall quality. These will thereby enter the final shortlist for consideration by the Fellowship Committee. Adaptations to this scheme are being implemented in the current selection round.
EMBO Advanced Collaboration Grants are a new scheme for group leaders in the participating countries who wish to visit scientists in other EMBC Member States to develop or carry out collaborative projects, or to prepare joint grant proposals. This scheme will start accepting applications by December 2021.
The EMBO Lecture Courses scheme provides funding for lecture courses to train PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in the participating countries. The application deadline is 1 March 2022.
The EMBO Lecture Series scheme provides funding to invite EMBO Members and Young Investigators to give lecture series in institutions in the participating countries. Applications by hosts of such lecture series are accepted throughout the year.
Excellence of the candidate and the research proposal are the main selection criteria for all schemes. Details about the schemes, including eligibility criteria and the application process, are available at embo.org/funding.