Núria López-Bigas, Senior researcher of the GRIB’s research group of Computational Genomics, has been awarded with a Career Development by the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) to investigate a case study entitled "Causes and mechanisms of tumour development: a computational approach". The Career Development Award rewards young scientists who return to their home countries after postdoctoral training abroad and need support in the critical period of setting up their independent laboratories.
This year, the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO), based in Strasbourg (France), has recognized a record number of young scientists with the Career Development Awards. Specifically, in 2006, 29 scientists from 14 different home countries have obtained this economical support. Besides, in a move to increase the impact of these start-up awards, this year the HFSPO has increased the amount of each Career Development Award from a total of $180,000 spread over two or three years to an award of $100,000 per year for three years.
HFSPO receives financial support from the governments or research councils of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, UK, USA, as well as from the European Union.