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Fostering trans-national mobility in the Life Sciences - Co-funding of the EMBO Long-term Fellowship Programme

Final Report Summary - EMBOCOFUNDFP7 (Fostering trans-national mobility in the Life Sciences - Co-funding of the EMBO Long-term Fellowship Programme)

The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Fellowship Programme ( supports international mobility and exchange in the molecular life sciences. Renowned for its attention to scientific excellence, the programme has funded thousands of talented young scientists since its establishment in the 1960s. EMBO Long-Term Fellowships support advanced research and training, awarding funds to postdoctoral scientists for research visits between European countries or when justified worldwide. Since 2001, the demand for EMBO Fellowships more than doubled illustrating the continued demand for postdoctoral training in the life sciences.

The COFUND project was used to support two selection rounds (autumn 2009 and spring 2010). Both calls had been publicly announced in various media including the EMBO Life Sciences Mobility portal, CORDIS, Euraxess and the EMBO webpage. After the respective deadlines the submitted proposals (in total 1036, around 520 per call) were evaluated by the EMBO Fellowship Committee, a panel of internationally renowned experts covering the main scientific disciplines of the modern life sciences. In total 215 co-funded fellowships could be awarded, 102 and 113 per respective call. This represents a significant increase of around 30 fellowships per call compared to the number of fellowships that could be awarded prior to receiving co-funding. All selected fellows were highly trained and skilled researchers. As trans-national mobility is a requirement, the COFUND project had and will continue to have a huge impact on the European Research Area.

The selected fellows enjoyed the benefits and the high prestige of an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship - co-funded by a Marie Curie Action.

A list of host institutions is attached and the programme manager, Dr Andrea Hutterer can be contacted via email (

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