In 2012, EMBO received 160 applications for the Young Investigator Programme. The 22 successful candidates come from twelve countries and include the first scientist from Singapore to join the network. Awardees receive 15,000 euros per year for three years directly from the member state where their laboratories are located. The distinction of being an EMBO Young Investigator helps to raise the visibility of young researchers in the life science community. They also receive funding to attend conferences for themselves and their group members, practical training in laboratory management and access to core facilities at EMBL, among other benefits.