CRP- ICGEB Early Career Grants (Funding Opportunities) Under Collaborative Research Programme (CRP) ICGEB

Designation/Position- CRP- ICGEB Early Career Grants

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Italy invites application for CRP- ICGEB Early Career Grants Under Collaborative Research Programme (CRP)

About- Funding opportunities are made available through the Collaborative Research Programme (CRP) – CRP-ICGEB Early Career Grant, a dedicated source of funding aimed at financing projects addressing original scientific problems of particular relevance to host country and regional interest. ICGEB Early Career Grants

Established in 1988, the program aims to stimulate collaborative research in Member States and with the ICGEB Component laboratories, promote young scientists’ training, and facilitate the creation of appropriate research facilities. The program supports research projects in basic science, human healthcare, industrial and agricultural biotechnology, and bioenergy. A call for applications is launched yearly. We are pleased to confirm that almost 600 applications, over 100 COVID-related, from across 52 Member States have been received under the 2020 call for Grants.

Research Area- Basic science, human healthcare, industrial, agricultural biotechnology, bioenergy

Location- The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology


Applicants for research grant proposals (identified as “CRPs”) should hold positions at Universities or Research Institutes in any of the ICGEB Member States.

Active collaboration with ICGEB Research Groups is welcome but is not mandatory. Particular attention will be given to projects addressing issues of interest for specific geographic regions and presented by groups collaborating across more than one country.

Investigating groups do not qualify for submission of applications:

  •  if previously awarded projects have not been evaluated and satisfactorily concluded;
  • if the University or Research Institute of the Principal Investigator is based in Italy.

A special category of CRP-ICGEB Early Career Return Grants is intended to fund young researchers with an outstanding track record, who have spent a minimum of 2 years abroad and have recently returned to an ICGEB Member State to establish their own independent laboratories.
Applicants for Early Career Return Grants should be no more than 40 years of age at the time of application.
Applicants should have returned to an ICGEB Member State (except Italy) no more than 2 years prior to submitting the application.

Job/Position Description- 

Grants are awarded for contributing to the implementation of outstanding scientific research projects. An important element of successful applications is the feasibility of the proposed project within the designated time-frame (maximum 36 months). The maximum annual contribution from ICGEB is Euro 25,000.

Funds can only be used to cover expenditures that are directly relevant to the project. This may include purchasing consumable items, scientific literature, and basic standard laboratory equipment. Travel and training costs can also be covered.

Salaries of the Principal Investigators and infrastructural support (e.g., normal administrative and overhead expenses of the Institution, maintenance, and rental of capital equipment, building, etc.) are not admissible and cannot be funded.

To read about the kind of ground-breaking research on infectious diseases, cancer, metabolic and genetic diseases, plant science, immunity, genetics, and many biotechnology applications that ICGEB is supporting, download the information on the ICGEB Research Grants awarded under the 2019 call for Applications.

How to Apply- 

Principal Investigators should submit their complete applications online via the dedicated portal by the deadline of 30 April 2021. A copy of the full application will be accessed by his/her Country representative (Liaison Officer ), who is in charge of endorsing the application at the national level.

Last Date for Apply– 30 April 2022

See Position Details 


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