Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationSince 2004, the Marine Microbiology Initiative (MMI) has invested in the development of conceptual breakthroughs, new technologies and modeling approaches to reveal the immense diversity of marine microorganisms, as well as a hint of the multitude of functions they serve in the oceans to influence the planet’s elemental cycles. In our initial phase, a significant effort was focused on sequencing genomes and metagenomes of marine microbes and microbial communities. Now, we are tackling other great needs that have been identified by the scientific community. We enable research to uncover the principles that govern the interactions among microbes by exploring the questions of who interacts with whom, how, when, where and the consequences, such as virus–host relationships, predation, mutualism, commensalism, amensalism, parasitism and competition. And in concert we also enable research to uncover principles that govern microbially mediated nutrient flow to understand how microbes shape the nutrient fields around them as well as how the nutrient field in turn selects for a specific community of microbes.

EMBO Young InvestigatorSelected by EMBO Members annually for their high research standards, EMBO Young Investigators are some of Europe’s most talented young scientists who benefit from financial, academic and practical support during the start up of their first independent research laboratories.The programme draws attention to the research of these outstanding young group leaders as they develop reputations in the scientific community.
EMBO Young Investigators join a vibrant network of more than 200 scientists and may be mentored by EMBO Members – themselves recognized for their excellence in research.

The Royal SocietyThe Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. They aim to expand the frontiers of knowledge by championing the development and use of science, mathematics, engineering and medicine for the benefit of humanity and the good of the planet.

BiodivERsABiodivERsA is a network of 21 research-funding agencies across 15 European countries. It is a second-generation ERA-Net, funded under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research, and works to coordinate national research programmes on biodiversity across Europe and to organize international funding for research projects in this field, on a competitive basis.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research CouncilBBSRC is one of 7 Research Councils that work together as Research Councils UK (RCUK). It is funded from the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). BBSRC’s budget for 2011-12 is around £445M. It supports a total of around 1600 scientists and 2000 research students in universities and institutes in the UK.

Natural Environment Research CouncilNERC funds world-class science in universities and their own research centres that increases knowledge and understanding of the natural world. They are tackling the 21st century’s major environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity and natural hazards. NERC lead in providing independent research and training in the environmental sciences.

The Leverhulme TrustThe Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the First Viscount Leverhulme with the instruction that its resources should be used to support “scholarships for the purposes of research and educationâ€. With annual funding of some £50 million, the Trust is amongst the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK.

Natural History MuseumThe museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. The museum is a world-renowned centre of research, specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Darwin.

University of ExeterBiosciences at the University of Exeter is a rapidly expanding international centre for research and teaching in the biological and biochemical sciences; committed to providing high quality education across the spectrum of the biological sciences at both our Exeter and Cornwall campuses.