Early Stage Training in Advanced Genetic Analysis

The Marie Curie AGAPE programme has delivered early stage training in the latest genetic analytical approaches that are exploiting genome sequence data and revolutionising biological and biomedical sciences. Training combined cutting-edge science and technology transfer with, specialist taught courses and generic skills, tailored to meet the needs of the individual research fellow. The key element of the programme has been the use of an integrative approach to address major research areas in the post-genomic biology of animals, plants and microbes. A total of 31 fellows from 21 countries have benefited from this EU mobility initiative receiving training to underpin their future careers.


AGAPE has provided training for PhD, Masters and short visit early stage researchers who are qualified to undertake doctoral studies, but are not nationals or residents of the UK.

PhD Fellows

Masters (MRes) Fellows

Short Visit Fellows

The programme was delivered by an interactive group of 23 scientists with a wide range of research interests and complementary expertise in advanced genetic analyses. The training site was the Faculty of Biological Sciences at Leeds, which is rated excellent in postgraduate training and has first-rate research facilities.

This programme was funded by an award of €2,355,624.00, from the Human Resources and Mobility (HRM) division of the EU Sixth Framework Programme, which supports training and mobility activities for researchers. These activities, known as the Marie Curie Actions, are aimed at the development and transfer of research competencies, the consolidation and widening of researchers' career prospects, and the promotion of excellence in European research. The detailed principles of Marie Curie Fellowships for Early Stage Training are explained in the following Handbook (pdf 1043 Kb).