EU Funding & Career Strategies

windThirsty for scientific adventure in a strange, new world? If so, go ahead and explore. But while, doing research is basically the same wherever you go, obtaining the cash to do so varies from border to border. To give you the chance to roll in research money, Lab Times has put together some basics on local funding schemes for each European country - and more.

From Lab Rat to Science Writer (4.2016)

Often we are asked, how do I become a science writer – what abilities do I need, should I study journalism, is the career detour really worth it? One of our freelance writers, Alex Reis, tells her story... more

Australia (1.2013)
G’Day Oz! Prospering Biomed Research Down Under ... more
Austria (2.2008)
National programmes open to anyone: Austrian Euros ... more
Baltics (3.2011)
Funding opportunities in the Baltics – where things will soon take a great leap forward ... more
Belgium (5.2010)
Funding opportunities in Belgium − where things are slowly getting started ... more
Canada (7.2012)
More than Maple Syrup and Ice Hockey ... more
China (7.2013)
Innovation, which has been declared key to sustained economic growth, and heavy investment into research infrastructure, talent recruitment and beyond are expected to secure the global competitiveness of China... more
China (PT II) (1.2014)
China keeps sending its talents abroad in the hope that they will eventually return and contribute to the advancement of science at home. After decades of ambitious brain gain programmes, China has to recognise that reforms in education and science have to be put into practice now, in order to benefit most of the new arrivals and to retain them for the longer term.... more
Czech Republic (6.2011)
Czech Republic
Funding opportunities in the Czech Republic – where reforms promise to get things rolling ... more
Denmark (2.2010)
Doing a PhD (or more) in Denmark ... more
European Research Council (5.2012)
Awarding Excellent Ideas since 2007 ... more
Science and Society in Horizon 2020 and Beyond (1.2015)
The idea of supporting the best science for the world and not that in the world has become popular. Science-society issues have also gained momentum in the ongoing EU Framework Programme, Horizon 2020. Participating scientists and their institutions are faced with new challenges, including modified rules for publication and data sharing... more
From Finland to the Czech Republic (2.2015)
Thinking about doing research abroad for a while but you have no idea what is waiting for you? Two postdocs from Finland courageously set forth to a foreign country, the Czech Republic, and let us in on the struggles and joys of international work experience... more
Finland (1.2011)
Funding opportunities in Finland – where the research climate gets cosier and cosier ... more
Finland (3.2009)
Doing a PhD in Finland ... more
France (4.2009)
Doing a PhD (or more) in France ... more
Germany (5.2007)
The German perspective ... more
Germany (6.2012)
Postdoc in the German Life Sciences Industry ... more
Greece (4.2011)
Funding opportunities in Greece – where the scientific community recollects old traditions ... more
Hungary (7.2011)
Funding opportunities in Hungary – where foreign scientists need a good funding nest egg ... more
Ireland (6.2010)
Funding opportunities in Ireland – where things are currently at the crossroads ... more
Israel (3.2010)
Doing a PhD (or more) in Israel ... more
Italy (1.2010)
Doing a PhD (or more) in Italy ... more
Netherlands (4.2008)
Funding opportunities in the Netherlands open to anyone ... more
Norway (4.2010)
Funding opportunities in Norway − where research is gradually becoming a priority ... more
Poland (2.2011)
Funding opportunities in Poland – where radical reforms will shake up old research structures ... more
Portugal (5.2009)
Doing a PhD (or more) in Portugal ... more
Russia (5.2011)
Funding opportunities in Russia – where patience is still needed in many areas ... more
Singapore Part I (3.2013)
Majulah Singapura - From Fishing Village to Asia’s Biopolis ... more
Singapore Part II (4.2013)
Majulah Singapura - From Fishing Village to Asia’s Biopolis ... more
Spain (6.2009)
Doing a PhD (or more) in Spain ... more
Sweden (2.2009)
Funding opportunities in Sweden ... more
Switzerland (1.2008)
Swiss Fraenkli ... more
Turkey (2.2013)
Türkiye Merhaba - One Hundred Experienced Scientists from Abroad Wanted ... more
UK Part 1 (5.2008)
Science by the Pound (1) ... more
UK Part 2 (6.2008)
Science by the Pound (2) ... more
Ukraine (4.2015)
Research and innovation have never been top priorities in post-Soviet Ukraine. Full access to EU research funds and the prospect of new legal provisions for science offer opportunities for a brighter future ... more
US - Howard Hughes Medical Institute (1.2012)
Pennies from Heaven ... more
US (2.2012)
Uncle Sam wants YOU! ... more
US - The NIH (3.2012)
Dinosaur or Biomedical Powerhouse? ... more
US - Cold Spring Harbor (4.2012)
Lab on Course to Expansion ... more
Western Balkans (3.2008)
Western Balkans
Brain gain schemes in the Western Balkans ... more

From Mutterland to Mutterland via Vaterland (3.2016)

Fascinated by Germany, Indian neuroscience graduate, Vasudharani Devanathan, packed up all her bags and started her PhD in Hamburg. After ten years in Europe, expanding not only her scientific skills, she’s now back in India at a shiny new institute, bringing in all the know-how gained during her German adventure. Here’s her story... more
FP7 under Investigation (2.2016)

Research and innovation are seen as key enablers for sustained economic and social prosperity. Tight research budgets force EU countries to reconsider their spending habits... more
Interview with Thomas Henkel, CEO of Targos (1.2016)
From biology student to CEO of a successful company developing and applying clinical biomarkers, Thomas Henkel has surely made his way in the scientific world. Lab Times talked to him about his career and the challenges of running a service company in times of rapid technological changes and growing globalisation... more
Tenure Track (6.2014)
Tenure track at European universities complements existing career paths to a professorship. In a currently published advice paper, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) defined tenure track as a fixed-term contract advertised with the perspective of a permanent position at a higher level... more
Now Bring me that Horizon (5.2014)
Horizon 2020, the largest EU programme for research and innovation ever, just started. Jump on the bandwagon and take your chance.... more
Science for the Masses (3.2014)
In the last issue of Lab Times, biotechnologist, Troy Hibbard, gave us plenty of good tips on how to write an article for an academic journal. Now, he tackles a second but not less important issue in the life of a modern scientist or an aspiring science writer: how to communicate one’s results to a non-scientific audience.... more
Making a Career in Biophysics (2.2014)
There’s also a successful professional life for scientists outside of academia. Biophysicist, Andrea Brüggemann, is the Chief Science Officer at Nanion, a company specialising in the development of electrophysiology devices. She spoke with Karin Hollricher about her passion for her work and her enthusiasm for her job.... more
Beginner’s Guide to Scientific Publishing (2.2014)
Writing a manuscript, especially if it’s your first one, is a difficult task. Troy Hibbard, biotechnologist at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, has some tips to help you get started. And finish successfully.... more
Molecular Plant Research (5.2013)
How do molecular plant scientists fare in Europe’s biotechnology-opposing environment? Lab Times inquired with company representatives and academics from Germany, Switzerland and the UK... more
Am I Good Enough to be a Scientist? (3.2015)

Countless students, around the globe, ask themselves this question every day. Not long ago, Antonio Marco was one of them but then he found his answer from an old source. Now, the evolutionary geneticist is a successful group leader at the University of Essex. Here’s his advice... more
“I’m Interested in Different Types of Questions about Science” (5.2015)

For our irregular series “Alternative Careers in Science”, we talked to Emma Frow, who at some point realised cell biological research couldn’t excite her anymore. That’s when her career path took a detour ... more
Interview with Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker (6.2015)

The 74-year old Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker has had many jobs throughout his career, both in academia as well as policy-making. Recently, he retired from his post at the Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO), freeing up time to go back to the lab, reflect about the state of European science and play piano... more