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Young JU biologists to receive EMBO Installation Grants

Young JU biologists to receive EMBO Installation Grants

On 15 January 2020, the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) has announced the results of the latest edition of the Installation Grants competition, which will provide the awarded researchers with funds to establish independent laboratories in the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, and Turkey. Amongst the nine winners there are two young biologists from the Jagiellonian University.

The EMBO Installation Grants aim to promote the international mobility of scientists, with applicants being required to have spent at least two consecutive years outside the country in which they are establishing their laboratory. The purpose of the grants is to encourage young group leaders to establish their laboratories in countries that find it difficult to compete scientifically with large well-funded research centres in other countries.

‘It is our goal to promote excellence in life sciences across all thirty EMBC Member States and beyond’, said EMBO Director Maria Leptin. ‘We look forward to supporting these talented life scientists at this important stage in their careers, and to contributing to a thriving life science community across all of Europe’.

Amongst this year’s editions winners there are two researchers working at the Jagiellonian University Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology: Dr Yusuke Azuma, with his project Engineered Bacterial Compartments for Protein Design and Production, and Dr Rafał Mostowy, whose project is entitled Co-Evolution Between Bacterial Capsules and Phage Tails.

Installation Grantees receive funding of 50,000 euros per year for three to five years. They also become part of the EMBO Young Investigator Network, through which they gain access to a range of training and networking opportunities.

EMBO is an organisation of more than 1800 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences in Europe and beyond. The major goals of the organisation are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

For more information on the grants and the full list of winners, please visit

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