Closed | 1 February – 15 March, 2024

The IBRO Parenthood Grant aims to support early-career Principal Investigators on parental leave (due to recent childbirth or adoption) or approaching parental leave (due to pregnancy or impending adoption) by providing supplemental laboratory funding.


About the Program

Pregnancy, maternity leave, adoption leave, and primary caregiving responsibilities significantly disrupt the continuity of a researcher’s engagement in scientific research. This interruption usually poses a particular challenge for early career researchers in the process of building their families as they often become less competitive in terms of producing results, publishing papers, and obtaining research grants.

To mitigate this disadvantage, the IBRO Parenthood Grant aims to lessen the burden through grants that could be used towards covering research-related expenses such as reagents, facility costs, outsourcing experiments or data acquisition to external organizations, transportation of non-commercial samples or reagents, etc. By supporting early career researchers in such costs, the grant seeks to empower and enable them to navigate the balance between family-building and advancing their scientific endeavors.

Applications dates:
1 February – 15 March 2024

Apply HERE

Please note you will be re-directed to the IBRO Grants Portal, where you will be prompted to create a user account before applying.

Maximum grant amount:
3,000 EUR

For any queries, please contact

Who Can Apply?
  • Applicants should be early career principal investigators (seven years or less in this role).
    • Any extended breaks from research (e.g. previous maternity or adoption leave) are accepted and should be justified in the application.
  • Applicant must have at least one published, peer-reviewed paper as the corresponding author as a minimal requirement for the status of an independent researcher.
  • Applicants or their partner must either
    • be pregnant (at least 4 months),
    • have given birth in the last four months before the grant application deadline, or
    • be close to adoption, assuming the role of the primary caregiver.

Project Timeline
  • The proposed projects should be completed in a maximum of one year from the proposed project start date.
  • The required grant report should be submitted no later than 3 months following the conclusion of the proposed project.

Funds will be transferred according to an 80:20 format. This means that 80% of the grant will be awarded two months prior to the start
date of the project, whereas the remaining 20% will be processed upon completion of the project and submission of the required grant report.

How to Apply?

Please note you will be redirected to the IBRO Grants Portal.