The international organisation EMBO/EMBC (European Molecular Biology Organisation/Conference) has opened a call for projects under the Strategic Development Installation Grants Programme (SDIG). Scientists in the field of molecular biology, who are returning or have returned in the last two years from a research stay abroad and wish to establish a research team at home, are eligible to apply.
The programme provides annual support in the amount of EUR 50 000, for a period of three years, automatically extended for another two years if the basic conditions are met. The grant comes with additional EMBO networking benefits, such as exchange stays at top European research facilities or the opportunity to attend conferences and workshops. The deadline for applications is 15th April 2022. In the case of the Czech scientists, the grant is largely funded by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Further terms and conditions and the application form can be found at the EMBO websites.
In addition to the installation grants programme, EMBO/EMBC offers a number of other grants and fellowships:
- Postdoctoral Fellowships;
- Scientific Exchange Grants (Short-Term Fellowships);
- Core Facility Fellowships;
- Young Investigator Programme.
Czechia is now classified within a special three-year pilot project as a country with lower participation and lower success rate in the EMBO/EMBC grant competitions. That has brought it a so-called under-participating status. This gives Czech scientists certain advantages in the process of evaluating grant proposals. For example, five new post-doctoral fellowship positions are reserved for applicants from the countries with this status. Also, if their application meets the basic formal criteria, applicants from these countries should be guaranteed access to an interview with the evaluation committee. Special lectures and courses and other benefits are also offered. Further information on the portfolio of these advantages can be found at the EMBO websites.