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European Molecular Biology Organisation

The European Molecular Biology Organisation’s (EMBO) mission is to enable the best science by supporting talented researchers, stimulating scientific exchange and advancing policies for a world-class European research environment.

EMBO membership consists of over 1,800 of the world’s leading life scientists. Its members are dedicated to promoting excellence in Europe’s life sciences by recognising and fostering talented scientists.

EMBO promotes excellence in life sciences by offering funding, training and networking. These activities attract thousands of scientists every year, promoting collaboration in all areas of life science research.

Funding opportunities

EMBO offers awards and financial support for scientists at all stages of their careers that help to create an environment where researchers can achieve their best work. The funding opportunities (full list) include:

  • EMBO Fellowships
    • support postdoctoral and predoctoral research experience in laboratories in Europe and around the world. EMBO Fellowships have supported thousands of talented young scientists since they were first offered in the 1960s.
  • EMBO Young Investigators
    • support talented young group leaders in the first years of establishing independent research laboratories. The first programme of its kind in Europe, young investigators receive financial, academic and practical support and participate in a network of more than 300 young scientists.

The European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC)

The European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC), founded in 1969 and comprising 30 member states, is the intergovernmental funding body for EMBO. The EMBC president, two vice presidents and a secretary general lead the Conference and governments of the member states nominate EMBC delegates. The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) represent the UK as EMBC delegates.

The EMBC is responsible for the General Programme; however, its execution is entrusted by the Conference to EMBO. The General Programme primarily focuses on:

  • the provision of training, teaching and research scholarships
  • the establishment of programmes for courses, workshops in the life sciences.