EMBO Global Investigator Network



The EMBO Global Investigator Network was launched in 2019 with the aim to support the next generation of scientific leaders that have started their laboratories in EMBC Associate Member States (currently India and Singapore) or in countries or territories covered by a cooperation agreement with EMBC (currently Chile and Taiwan). The programme provides the selected scientists with opportunities to interact with other researchers in the same region and life scientists based in Europe (particulary EMBO Young Investigators and Installation Grantees), allowing for the establishment of new collaborations. EMBO Global Investigators receive funding for various networking and meeting possibilities.

Funds are available for EMBO Global Investigators for:

  • Visiting other research institutions to give a scientific seminar or to plan/​continue a collaboration
  • Training in research leadership and management skills through EMBO Lab Leadership Courses
  • Inviting researchers to give a scientific lecture at their institute
  • Sending members of their research group to another laboratory to carry out experiments or learn a technique
  • Organising joint group meetings with other laboratories
  • Attending or organising regional or international scientific meetings
  • Attending the biennial EMBO Global Investigator Network meeting
  • A lab retreat
  • Covering fees for publications in EMBO Press journals
  • Childcare support when attending conferences
  • Manuscript editing services
  • Vocational training

Global Investigators are members of the EMBO Young Investigator Network, which also includes Young Investigators and Installation Grantees. Global Investigators are constantly provided with opportunities to meet and interact with their European counterparts.


Applicants must:

  • Have been group leaders of a laboratory for at least one year and for less than six years on 1 January in the year of the application.*
  • Have an excellent track record.
  • Perform life science research in an EMBC Associate Member State (currently India and Singapore) or in a country or territory covered by a cooperation agreement with EMBC (currently Chile and Taiwan).
  • Have published at least one last author research paper in an international peer-reviewed journal from independent work carried out in their laboratory.
  • Have obtained sufficient funding to run their laboratory.
  • Not have applied to the programme more than once in previous years.
  • Be able to attend a virtual interview on 24 November 2021. 

*Extended eligibility period for candidates with children or under exceptional circumstances may apply. For detailed information on the eligibility criteria, please consult the application guidelines.

To Apply

Applications to the EMBO Global Investigator Network are accepted annually via an online system. The application includes an online form and an offline form.

Application process 2021

  • The application deadline is 1 June, 14:00 CEST. After this, the Global Activities office confirms candidates that their application has been successfully received.
  • Applications of eligible candidates are sent to the EMBO Global Investigator Network Committee for screening.
  • Following screening, approximately 20 applicants are invited by email to a virtual panel interview conducted by the EMBO Global Investigator Network Committee on 24 November 2021.
  • A final decision is made at the EMBO Global Investigator Network Committee meeting and candidates are informed of the outcome of their application by email.

Required documentation
The application for the Global Investigator Network consists of:

  • CV
  • Short summary of ongoing research
  • Details of home institute and funding available to the laboratory
  • List of publications and details of applicant’s three best papers
  • List of lab members
  • Description of the applicant’s research vision
  • Three letters of reference

For detailed information on the application process, key dates and required documentation, please consult the application guidelines.

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