EMBO Installation Grants



EMBO Installation Grants support early-career scientists establishing independent laboratories in one of six participating EMBC Member States (Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal and Turkey) that fund their respective grantees. 

At present call in 2021, Installation Grant applications are accepted by the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Montenegro, Lithuania and Turkey* 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, 114 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.

*Estonia does not participate in the call 2021.


Candidates applying for an Installation Grant must:

  • Be negotiating a full-time group leader position at an institute/​university in the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Lithuania, Montenegro or Turkey 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 female candidates with children, 9‑years since PhD is automatically extended by one year per child.
  • For male applicants with children, these limits can be extended by the actual time taken off as paternity leave or – if their partner is working at least 80% FTE (full-time equivalent) – three months per child, whichever is longer.
  • illness and extended military service are considered as exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Special provision may also be made for clinical scientists. If you feel your circumstances warrant an extension of the eligibility periods, please contact the EMBO Young Investigator Programme office (yip@​embo.​org) for advice before applying.
  • Be able to attend an interview in Heidelberg, Germany, on 8 November 2021.

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To Apply

Application round for EMBO Installation Grants opens end of January 2021.

Application process

  • The deadline for pre-applications is 15 April 2021, 14:00 CEST.
  • Approximately 50% of the applicants will be interviewed by the Young Investigator Committee on 8 November 2021.
  • After the interview, the EMBO Young Investigator Committee ranks all applicants and makes a binding recommendation to the Strategic Development Installation Grants (SDIG) Board.
  • Final decisions on the award of an Installation Grant are made by the SDIG Board at the end of November. The decision is based on the ranking provided by the EMBO Young Investigator Committee.
  • All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by email shortly after the board meeting.

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