Current call OPEN

The third Call for CABANA secondments is now closed

Deadline for Applications Friday 12th February  2021 5.30pm GMT

This call is targeting collaborative research mainly, but not exclusively, between CABANA partner institutions in Latin America. There are no openings for research in the UK for this call.

The main research topics of interest, host institutions and countries are listed below. Please ask your host for a full copy of the proposal as part of your application:

The secondments will also be advertised by the host institution. Applicants are requested to submit their application online (see link to application form below). Completed application forms will be forwarded to the relevant academic host for review.

Due to current travel restriction it is likely that part of the secondment will be conducted remotely with online support from your host and possible mentoring from a scientist at EMBL-EBI. We are adapting the secondments to shifting travel and employment guidelines. You should not be distracted from applying in this new reality! We will provide support, opportunities for future visits and conferences and most importantly you will be connecting with an extraordinary community of bioinformaticians. All applicants are therefore requested to discuss with their potential host supervisor how the project could be implemented virtually. All applicants must submit a summary of how they plan to complete their project virtually. This is a very important part of any application to be considered. 

The outcomes of the secondments will be placed in the public domain:

  • Research papers will be published in open-access journals
  • Software will be licensed under open source licenses
  • Datasets will be made openly available (unless there are ethical reasons for controlling access) through public data resources and tools (including but not limited to those hosted by EMBL-EBI)
  • Training materials will be given a CC-BY-SA license and made freely available through the CABANA project’s e-learning platform.

Secondment allowances

Benefits will be in line with the secondment rules and policies of the host institution. Plans must be in place to complete the project in the event that travel to the host lab is not possible or advisable.

Eligible expenses include the following:

  • Return travel to the host institution (economy flights; second class rail or equivalent)
  • Return travel to and from home after 3 months on secondment if required to visit family. This may be substituted for travel to a relevant conference to present the secondment project and its outcomes.
  • A living expense allowance (LEA) in line with host institution’s secondment policy, not to exceed £1,000 month less any local taxes required by the host nation such as National Insurance Contributions 
  • If the secondment is supported by other means, the LEA is reduced accordingly.
  • Contribution of £450 per month towards accommodation in line with the National host’s secondment policy.
  • The allowance will be adjusted downwards, in line with reduced expenses, if the secondee is unable to attend the Host institute.


We anticipate placements to host institutions commencing in February and March 2021. 

CABANA is committed to recruiting and developing a diverse pool of talent. The CABANA partners are committed to maintaining a modern, inclusive environment where people value diversity regardless of characteristics, including: sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age or working  experience, physical or mental challenges, physical appearance, body size, pregnancy, familial status, ethnicity, national origin, race,  citizenship, language, socio-economic status, technical choices,  experience level, political or other opinions, religious beliefs (or lack  thereof) or educational or social background.  

To be eligible for a CABANA secondment you must normally reside within Latin America.

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Deadline for Applications Friday 12th February  2021 5.30pm UK Time. Contact if you have problems with the application form.

You are encouraged to contact your host well in advance of the closing date of the application to obtain more information on the project that you are considering to apply for. There will be opportunities to further fine-tune your proposal with your host, if your application is shortlisted, after the application deadline.


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