Back FEBS Excellence Awards Spring 2023

FEBS has designed the FEBS Excellence Awards to financially support early career scientists in countries where FEBS Constituent Societies are established. The Award must be used exclusively to purchase small equipment (for a maximum of 15,000 €) and consumables related to the project. Salaries, stipendia and overheads cannot be paid for by the Award.
These Awards are granted for three years.

This competition closed at 5.00pm CET on Saturday 1st July 2023. If you have a user account registered with this competition, please go to the My Account page to view your data.

Competition Details

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates should be scientists who have obtained their PhD degree up to 8 (eight) years prior to the submission of the project proposal to FEBS.
  • In order to be eligible to apply for a FEBS Excellence Award (FEBS EA), applicants need to be members of a FEBS Constituent Society and must have shown independence as a group-leader, i.e having established and operated at the host institution in a FEBS country for at least one year prior to the submission of the project proposal to FEBS.
  • Applications must be aimed at developing molecular life sciences.
  • Past holders of a Long-Term Fellowship may apply to a FEBS Excellence Award if the visit with the initial Fellowship was carried out in a Host Institution different from that of the project proposal to FEBS.
  • Prior to her/his current employment, the applicant should have worked in a different country for at least two years.
  • Please view the Eligibility Requirements for further details. The FEBS Fellowships Office is unable to answer queries relating to your eligibility; please follow the instructions and refer to the FAQs for more detailed explanations.
  • Candidates must provide details for two referees who have agreed to submit a letter supporting the application through the website. The referees should be established and renowned scientists, and be well acquainted with your work. One of them must be the head at your current host laboratory / department / institute. Letters should be written on headed paper.
  • The application as well as the signed letter of agreement, a statement from the Host Institution establishing that the applicant is employed in a salaried capacity and the duration of the contract with the Host Institution and two referees' letters of support must be submitted online by 5.00pm CET on Saturday 1st July 2023.

FEBS Excellence Award Details

  • In each call, no more than one candidate per given host institution will be granted a FEBS Excellence Award.
  • The amount of the FEBS Excellence Award is fixed to 100,000€.
  • Applications must be completed in English.
  • The FEBS Excellence Award should be taken up within six months of its award. Any delay will require the authorisation of the Chairperson of the FEBS Fellowships Committee.
  • Within six (6) weeks of the first anniversary of the Effective Date:

    The Awardee will report on progress made by Awardee towards implementation of the Project, including meeting any key performance indicators or milestones which may have been included in the Project Proposal.

    The Host Institution (upon request by Awardee or FEBS) will provide a financial report regarding use and spend of any part of the Award already paid by FEBS to Host Institution together with copies of any orders, receipts or invoices for significant costs incurred by Host Institution for Capital Assets and Consumables during the first year of the Term.

    The same documents shall be submitted to FEBS within six (6) weeks of each of the second and third anniversaries of the Effective Date.
  • The FEBS Excellence Award should be acknowledged in any work published relating to the project funded and two reprints of each article should be sent electronically to the Chairperson of the Fellowships Committee.
  • By accepting the FEBS Excellence Award, current senior or recently completed FEBS Excellence Awardees are expected to attend one FEBS Fellows Meeting preceding the annual FEBS Congress, upon invitation from the FEBS Fellowships Chair.
  • Please view the FEBS Excellence Awards page for further information.

Application Timetable

  • The Call is open once a year. The application process begins on Saturday 1st April 2023.
  • The application, the letter of agreement and two letters of support must be submitted through the website by 5.00pm CET on Saturday 1st July 2023. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Decisions will be communicated to the applicants no later than 1st December 2023.
  • The FEBS Excellence Award will start at the earliest on 1st January 2024. The Effective Date will be the later of (i) the date that the letter of agreement is signed by the last signatory (i.e. FEBS) and (ii) a date notified by FEBS to Awardee in the Award Letter. If the Award Letter does not set out an Effective Date, the Agreement will become effective as of the date that it is signed by the last signatory.

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