NAS Lab Exchange Grants

Open call. Apply for up to EURO 2 500 for a research stay

in any lab in the world for 5 – 90 days.

Eligibility and Assessment criteria:

– The applicant must be a NAS member
– The grant can be used for economy travel and accommodation. The grant does not have to cover all the costs. The grant does not support research costs.
– Quality and relevance of the application
(i) Relevance of the research proposal in relation to the field of autophagy
(ii) Quality of the research proposal and the value of the research stay
(iii) Quality of the host laboratory
(iv) Applicant’s quality (CV with publication list)
– Young researchers, such as PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and other young investigators will be favored
– Gender and nationality balance
– Selection will be done by the NAS Grant Committee and approved by the NAS Board.



Within 4 weeks after the Lab exchange, a written report (~ 1-2 pages) should be sent to the “NAS Grant Committee”. The report should contain:
– Details of the Lab exchange (your name, name of your university/institution, country, name of your host, host university/institution, host country, the title of your Lab Exchange grant application, the duration of your visit)
– An abstract with title, describing the purpose of the visit, the work carried out during the visit, the methods learned, the main results obtained (sensitive, unpublished information may be excluded), and a graphical depiction of outcomes
– Pictures from the stay (preferably with the applicant on one of the pictures)
The host should confirm that she/he has approved the report. The report, or parts of the report, will be published on the NAS webpages. Please note that reporting is mandatory. NAS will request grant money to be paid back to NAS if the grant receiver does not submit a grant report that satisfies the requests in the call.


How to apply

Apply by sending an email to the NAS chair (, with the application attached as a single PDF file. The application should contain (in the following order):
– A cover letter containing: (i) your name, current position, and affiliation, (ii) the name and affiliation of the host lab, (iii) a short description the purpose of the lab exchange, (iv) the length of the stay, and (v) the grant sum (in EURO) you are applying for.
– A research proposal with title, and containing information about the research project and its relevance to autophagy, the purpose of the stay, and the intended lab work/methodology and experiments to be performed
– A budget showing the expected travel and accommodation costs (in EURO). The anticipated costs must be documented.
– An invitation letter from the host laboratory (required)
– A recommendation letter from the group leader of the home laboratory (optional)
– Your CV with publication list



The application must be received at least 6 weeks before the Lab Exchange starts.



Applicants will receive a written decision (per email) within 4 weeks after the “NAS Grant Committee” has confirmed receipt of the application. Upon a favorable decision, the grant sum will be transferred immediately after the application has been accepted. However, please note NAS will request grant money to be paid back to NAS if the grant receiver does not document the actual relevant costs within 4 weeks after the grant period, or if the grant receiver does not submit a grant report that satisfies the requests in the call.