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The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance & EMBO are looking to fund interdisciplinary meetings that cover the latest developments in research areas under-served in India

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About India / EMBO Symposia

European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance (IA) jointly fund up to three meetings per year in India. The meetings should address discovery and innovation through an interdisciplinary approach, with the speakers and participants discussing important global challenges in the context of the life sciences.

The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance (IA) and EMBO are looking to fund interdisciplinary meetings that cover the latest developments in research areas under-served in India. These meetings should address discovery and innovation through an interdisciplinary approach, with the speakers and participants discussing important global challenges in the context of the life sciences.

The meetings should be small, with 10 to 15 highly acclaimed international speakers and 50 to 75 participants, allowing early to mid career scientists to interact with leading international experts during a period of three days.

Proceedings from the meeting should be drafted as a position paper to advise the India Alliance regarding this area of research. The paper should in particular outline if and how research covered by the meeting could be beneficial to India. India Alliance may consider increasing funding for research in that area following expert advice and review.

Benefits/Funding

The maximum funding available for an India / EMBO Symposia is 60,000 euros.
EMBO also supports the organizers and meeting in the following ways:

  • EMBO creates a dedicated meeting webpage, including registration and abstract submission forms.
  • EMBO provides a poster and advertising in selected print and social media channels.
  • Organizers can apply for funds for an EMBO Young Investigator lecture, EMBO Science Policy lecture and EMBO Women in Science lecture.
Eligibility
  • India / EMBO Symposia must take place in India, but scientists (from anywhere in the world) are eligible to apply, independent of their nationality.
  • India / EMBO Symposia must cover frontier; pioneering and interdisciplinary areas of life sciences that are provided with inadequate facilities & support in India, and include speakers with interdisciplinary expertise. Furthermore, the application should include a list of (mostly) confirmed speakers.
  • For detailed information on the eligibility criteria please refer to the below-mentioned link: Application guidelines
Application process

Applications for India / EMBO Symposia must be submitted through the online system. Organizers should apply at least 6-12 months before the proposed date of the meeting.

  • The deadline for applications is 15 July 2017, 20:30 IST (14:00 CEST).
  • Applicants must complete an online and an offline application form.
  • The decision on which proposals receive funding will be jointly made by the EMBO Course Committee and the India Alliance Meetings Committee in October 2017.
  • All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by e-mail shortly after the committee meetings.

For detailed information on the eligibility criteria, application process, key dates, format of the meeting and required documentation, please consult the application guidelines or visit India EMBO Symposia website.

Required documentation

Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • A list of organizers
  • Proposed title and topic of the meeting
  • Reasons for holding a meeting on the proposed topic
  • Information on any competing or similar meetings held in the current, proposed or following year
  • Proposed date and location
  • List of proposed speakers/instructors
  • Draft programme
  • Participant selection criteria and number of participants
  • Proposal for the position paper
  • Information on the practical component of the meeting (if applicable)
  • Draft budget

For detailed information on required document and rest details please click on below-mentioned pdf link: Click here

Selection process

The selection process involves the following steps:

All incoming applications are screened to ensure eligibility requirements are met.

The decision on which proposals receive funding is jointly made by the EMBO Course Committee and the India Alliance Meetings Committee in May and October, 2017.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by e-mail shortly after the committee meetings.