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ERASYSBIO+ Report Summary

Project ID: 235447
Funded under: FP7-GA
Country: Germany

Periodic Report Summary 2 - ERASYSBIO+ (The consolidation of systems biology research ? stimulating the widespread adoption of systems approaches in biomedicine, biotechnology, and agrifood)

Project context and objectives:

Life sciences are certainly one of the most innovative and fascinating fields of research in Europe and systems biology clearly is a driving force in 21st century life sciences. It provides an excellent approach to understanding dynamic interactions between components of a living system, between living systems and their interaction with the environment. Addressing biological questions by integrating experiments in iterative cycles with computational modelling and simulation to test and create new hypotheses is suitable for versatile applications, e.g. biomedicine, agrifood and biotechnology.

Project results:

The systems biology call ERASYSBIO+ was published in October 2008 in all partner countries inviting research consortia to apply for funding. A total number of 127 pre-proposals were submitted to the call office at Project Management Juelich, Germany via a state-of-the-art electronic tool until 5 January 2009. A peer-reviewed international Scientific advisory board (SAB) evaluated all applications and recommended the top-ranked 51 joint projects for invitation to the full proposal stage. Detailed project descriptions were submitted until 4 May 2009 for scientific evaluation. All applications were again thoroughly assessed by the reviewers. Open questions were addressed to the coordinators in a rebuttal process and were returned for the concluding full proposal evaluation meeting. As result the SAB recommended the top-ranked 20 projects for further negotiations.

Finally, with the support from the European Commission (EC) settled at EUR 5.5 million and national budgets of EUR 18.5 million the best 16 consortia were selected for funding. These projects cover a wide range of biological aspects from development to decision making, from animals to plants and from birth to apoptosis. All projects started their work synchronously on 1 March 2010. For each consortium a short presentation is given under

Project coordinators, data management representatives, SAB and funding partners met on 17-18 May 2010 in Paris for the kick-off meeting. Following 1.5 years of scientific work, the next joint event took place on 13-15 September 2011 in Vienna. The scope of this mid-term meeting was to evaluate the progress of the projects on the basis of talks and posters. All groups were able to demonstrate considerable achievements and perspectives. This was reflected by the positive SAB evaluation and a number of scientific publications.

Potential impact:

It is the aim of ERASYSBIO+ to consolidate systems biology research by stimulating the widespread adoption of the approach in the above mentioned fields. Ten funding partners from Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands and United Kingdom with support through the European Research Area network Plus (ERA-Net) scheme of EC are committed to combine their systems biology research in a transnational initiative.

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Veronika SIMONS, (Scientific Officer)
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Record Number: 55781 / Last updated on: 2013-01-18
Information source: SESAM
Collaboration sought: N/A
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