Global Investigator Network for Supporting young group leaders

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Designation/Position- Global Investigator Network

EMBO invites applications for Global Investigator Network from eligible and interested candidates

About- EMBO Global Investigators have access to funds for visiting other research institutions, training in research leadership and management skills, inviting researchers to give scientific lectures, sending members of their research group to another laboratory, organizing joint group meetings, attending regional or international scientific meetings, attending EMBO Young Investigator Network annual meetings, arranging lab retreats, covering fees for publications, childcare support when attending conferences, manuscript and grant proposal editing services, and professional development courses.

Research/Job Area- Various

Location- Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan


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 senior 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 28 November 2023.

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

Job/Position Description- 

Funds are available for EMBO Global Investigators for:

  • Visiting other research institutions to give a scientific seminar or to plan or continue a collaboration
  • Training in research leadership and management skills through EMBO Lab Leadership Courses
  • Inviting researchers to give scientific lectures 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 organizing regional or international scientific meetings
  • Attending EMBO Young Investigator Network annual meetings
  • Arranging lab retreats
  • Covering fees for publications in EMBO Press journals
  • Childcare support when attending conferences
  • Manuscript and grant proposal editing services
  • Professional development courses

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.

However, since the aim of the programme is not only to support collaborations with European scientists but also to foster local exchanges and thus help create EMBO communities outside Europe, the benefits received by Global Investigators are not restricted to interactions with other EMBO programme members.

For detailed information on the benefits, please refer to the Programme Guide for Global Investigators.

Selection criteria

Although a geographically balanced set of selected network members is desirable, the primary selection criterion is scientific excellence. Additional aspects considered by the EMBO Global Investigator Network Committee are:

  • Proposed research
  • Group and research environment 
  • Financial and intellectual independence.

For a detailed list of selection criteria, download the application guidelines.

Selection process

The selection process involves the following steps:

  • Pre-selection: The EMBO Global Investigator Network Committee selects a group of applicants for an online interview. The files of the shortlisted applicants are sent to an EMBO Member with expertise in the candidate’s area of research for a confidential review.
  • Interview: Pre-selected candidates attend an online interview with a subset of the Global Investigator Network Committee, where they deliver a presentation summarizing their current results, projects and future directions, followed by discussion.
  • Committee meeting: Following the interviews, the committee meets to make a final decision, and all candidates are informed by email of the outcome of their application.

In case of rejection, pre-selected candidates receive feedback from the committee on their written application and interview performance.

How to Apply- 

Applications to the EMBO Global Investigator Network are accepted annually via an online system (which opens by mid-March 2023). The application includes an online form and an offline form.

Please check the eligibility criteria and carefully read the application guidelines before starting your application.

Application process 2023
  • The application deadline is 1 June, 14:00 CEST. After this, the Global Activities Office informs candidates whether their application has been successfully received.
  • Applications of eligible candidates are sent to the EMBO Global Investigator Network Committee for screening.
  • Pre-selected candidates are invited to a virtual panel interview conducted by the EMBO Global Investigator Network Committee on 28 November.
  • 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 most important papers
  • List of lab members
  • Description of the applicant’s research plan
  • Three letters of reference

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

Last Date for Apply– 1 June 2023

Deadline for applications 1 June
Pre-selected applicants invited to interviews By 31 July
Interviews 28 November
Results announced to applicants By 5 December

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