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International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)
International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)
28 December 2017
Last modified: 28 December 2017
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  • facilitate high level research on the field of molecular biology and biotechnology;
  • promote cooperation through scholarship programmes, with special regard to the needs of less developed regions of the world.

Description of activities:

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) has 64 member states currently, with Hungary joining the organisation in 1987.

The ICGEB operates a total of three central laboratories in Trieste, Delhi, and Cape Town, and employ some 400 researchers from 38 different countries. The central management body is the Board of Governors, with each governor being a delegate of a member state.

Each year, the ICGEB publishes a call for research projects to be implemented under the framework of a cooperative research programme (Collaborative Research Programme – Research Grants:, for various scholarships (PhD, Postdoctoral fellowships:, and for organising conferences, and trainings (Meetings and Courses: Project heads also need to submit their applications to the liaison officer of their country, who are responsible for evaluating and approving such applications at national level. The ICGEB also offers short-term fellowships at its own laboratories (

Year of joining: 1987

Membership fee: USD 40,300 per annum

Advantages of membership:

  • For Hungarian researchers, membership offers the possibility to apply for grants for advanced biotech research (Collaborative Research Programme, CRP), PhD and doctoral fellowships.
  • Between 1988 and 2016, a total of 27 Hungarian research groups received USD 1,530,635 for participating in collaborative research (CRP).
  • Between 1988 and 2015, 26 Hungarian researchers received USD 634,642 in PhD and doctoral fellowships.


Updated: 28 December 2017
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