Research Infrastructures

31 May 2018

European Commission and EIROForum organisations confirm key role of Research Infrastructures for science policy

On Wednesday, Jean-Eric Paquet, the European Commission's Director-General for Research and Innovation and Ian Mattaj, the current Chair of the European Intergovernmental Research Organisation forum (EIROforum), signed the work plan 2018-2020 to implement the Statement of Intent between the Commission and EIROForum, dated from 2010. The Forum represents Europe’s eight largest research organisations: CERN, EMBL, EUROFusion, ESA, ESO, ESRF, European XFEL and ILL.

The three-year plan focuses on European science policy and the innovation potential and industry involvement in Research Infrastructures. Special attention will be given to the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and the long-term sustainability of Pan-European Research Infrastructures.The Commission and the EIROforum Council also discussed how science contributes to solving societal challenges, and the role of Research Infrastructures in Horizon Europe – the EU's next research and innovation funding programme that will follow Horizon 2020 – and in science diplomacy.

The Commission and EIROforum shared their commitment to foster scientific excellence, strengthen science policies, increase the impact on citizens' lives and boost technological development.

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3 May 2018

ELIXIR report demonstrating the importance of public bioinformatics data to SMEs

The EU-funded European Life-science Infrastructure for Biological Information (ELIXIR) aims to construct and operate a sustainable infrastructure for biological information to support life science research and its application in medicine, environment protection, the bio-industries and society.

ELIXIR's recently published report confirms that small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in Europe greatly rely on open bioinformatics data for doing innovative projects. For example, the Spanish SME Mind the Byte is developing new computer modelling used in drug discovery services by pharmaceutical companies, which would not be possible without unrestricted access to public databases. Through analysing the business models of SMEs, the report systematically maps the ways open data contribute to innovation and generate business value for the companies. It features case-studies of seven innovation-driven European SMEs, each with different business model and with a different way of using open bioinformatics data.

ELIXIR involves 20 countries and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) as members. In addition, ELIXIR coordinates and receives funding from several grants through the EU's Horizon 2020 Programme, including ELIXIR-EXCELERATE and CORBEL.

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20 March 2018

New Pan European Research Infrastructure for Chemical Biology

The European Commission has granted the status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to EU-OPENSCREEN setting up a Pan European RI for Chemical Biology.

Hosted in Germany and based in Berlin, the new ERIC will provide a single access point to screening platforms as well as chemistry and biology facilities.

The services offered will include access to resources, tools and facilities to researchers from Europe and beyond providing high quality infrastructure service for research on the molecular mechanisms of biological processes. International interdisciplinary research and collaboration with Industry will be at the centre of the activities.

The preparatory phase of EU-OPENSCREEN received EU funding of EUR 3 700 000 from the 7th Framework Programme.

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