The concept of emerging collaborative topics (EcTops) is based on internal discussions in CellNetworks and recommendations of the Scientific Advisora Board (SAB), which in its 2010 mid-term meeting suggested an internal funding program for scientifically challenging projects linking researchers from different disciplines and research areas. A particular focus was placed on quantitative analysis and links to computational sciences and biophysics. Proposals were solicited by an open call to all CellNetworks members and selected on the basis of a SAB vote, placing particular emphasis on the crossdisciplinary approach and integration of groups from different CellNetworks areas.



This led to the 6 EcTops. All EcTops are intended as start-up funding to develop emerging fields with strong interdisciplinary potential into a mature research program that can then be successful in an alternative funding line.