Your donation can be specifically targeted to strategic projects or programmes:
The Environmental Research Initiative (ERI)
EMBL is in a unique position to contribute to finding solutions to society’s biggest environmental challenges, such as climate change, pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Therefore, in 2020, EMBL Director Prof. Matthias Hentze initiated the Environmental Research Initiative to enable creative new research across all EMBL sites to tackle some of the biggest environmental challenges. By harnessing the power of EMBL’s cutting-edge technologies and world-class infrastructure, interdisciplinary collaborative scientific culture, proven research mentorship capabilities, and global strategic partnerships, ERI will empower top research scientists to use any aspect of modern biology to find innovative, impactful, and sustainable solutions.
We are looking for partners to engage with us on this journey and provide financial support for this vital, exciting initiative. Find out more about how your donation will help EMBL accelerate the drive to find relevant solutions for our planet, and read about EMBL’s environmental research projects that have already been enabled through philanthropy.
Advancement of women in science
Despite numerous initiatives towards combating gender inequalities all over the world, women remain to occupy only approx. 25% of research positions in science and engineering. Therefore, in 2019 EMBL has launched a focus project for “Advancement of Women in Science”, to nurture the talent of women as they advance in their scientific careers towards leadership positions. With your donation to this project you support equality in scientific research through nurturing and assisting female talents.
Director General's Fund
EMBL’s Director General is responsible for the overall success of the organisation and manages its budget. Over the course of EMBL’s five-year budget cycle, unforeseeable opportunities and sometimes challenges occur. Your donation to the Director General’s Fund empowers the Director General to set new directions for the Laboratory by initially financing projects that emerge before the completion of a budget cycle, and to react adequately should unforeseen events require a different course of action than the one accounted for in the EMBL budget.
Close to one million men worldwide are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. Although the chances of survival are fairly high, available treatments can involve agonising decisions and severe consequences for quality of life. Find out how your contribution can change the outlook for prostate cancer patients.
The two-and-a-half-year TARA Oceans expedition constitutes the largest ever sampling of our oceans, in order to learn more about the impact of climate change on ecosystems. EMBL Senior Scientist Eric Karsenti, founder of EMBL’s Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit, is coordinating an international consortium of researchers who will interpret and use the information collected by TARA. EMBL is uniquely placed to use its advanced facilities and expertise to put the crowning analysis atop one of the most ambitious projects of our time. Read more about the EMBL ocean biodiversity research project.
EMBL International PhD Programme
The EMBL International PhD Programme is one of the most competitive in the world. As for postdoctoral research positions, only the best are admitted, and consequently only the best enter the workforce. Your support will enable EMBL to broaden this mission and continuously attract and train outstanding global talent.
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a genetic disease that occurs when the heart muscle dilates, cannot contract normally, and therefore cannot pump blood efficiently. It is one of the main causes of heart failure and the leading reason for heart transplantations. Our mission is to find a cure for this deadly disease and help all affected families, as currently there are no targeted treatments. The funds will be used for collaborative research led by Dr. Lars Steinmetz, Senior Scientist at EMBL, Professor of Genetics at Stanford University, and Co-Director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center. Your contribution to the Steinmetz Cardiomyopathy Fund will help us make crucial discoveries that could improve the lives of millions of DCM patients.
By gathering unique material about the Laboratory, its scientific achievements and its staff, the EMBL Archive will tell the story of molecular biology first-hand and safeguard the institution’s history for future generations. Find out how you can contribute to the EMBL Archive.
European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS)
European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS) is EMBL’s education facility launched to bring secondary school teachers and students into the research lab. Through its multifaceted training activities ELLS provides high-school science teachers with the first-hand expertise and theoretical know-how to bring concepts of molecular biology into the classroom. Your donation to ELLS will support continued professional development courses for teachers, science projects with schools, exhibitions and workshops at national and international science festivals and conferences, guided group visits to EMBL and the annual EMBL Insight Lecture.
EMBL Stanford Life Science Alliance
EMBL’s long-standing and successful relationship with Stanford University in California has prompted the launch of the Life Science Alliance whose primary mission is to train the next generation of thought leaders. Funding will provide the opportunity for new postdoctoral fellows, to experience science across the Atlantic by engaging in high impact, interdisciplinary projects involving PIs at both institutions. The first fellows will focus on Precision Health using biomedical “big” data from wearables, electronic medical records, and lifestyle monitoring technologies to improve health care. By building on the strengths of both organizations, the Alliance intends to create an interdisciplinary research network for the benefit of the life science community worldwide.