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EMBO announces 'young investigator' winners

A total of 21 young European life scientists have been selected by the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) to receive support under its Young Investigator Programme.

Chosen from a pool of over 150 candidates from across Europe, the researchers will receive an an...

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A total of 21 young European life scientists have been selected by the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) to receive support under its Young Investigator Programme.

Chosen from a pool of over 150 candidates from across Europe, the researchers will receive an annual award of €15,000 over three years, and will benefit from mentorship, networking opportunities and professional training.

Established in 2000, the EMBO programme supports young researchers who are not far away from establishing their first independent laboratories. The aim is to raise the profile of these researchers and help them to attract new opportunities for funding and collaboration. Some 70 life scientists are currently supported by the programme.

'The EMBO Young Investigator Programme offers a level of support and distinction that is hard to find at this stage in a scientist's career. It tells the scientific community and funding bodies that EMBO is convinced of the quality of your research and that's an impressive credential,' says Gerlind Wallon, Manager of the programme.

The need to help young researchers get started will also be addressed by the new European Research Council (ERC). Due to start in 2007as part of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the ERC's first call for proposals will be open to excellent researchers of any nationality who are in the EU or an associated country, or moving to the region, who are establishing and leading their first research team or programme. The budget for the first call will be around €300 million.