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Centre of Excellence for Biomolecular Research

Objective

Life Science research has become increasingly digital, and this development is accelerating rapidly. Biomolecular modelling techniques such as homology modelling, docking, and molecular simulation have advanced tremendously due to world-leading European research, resulting in extreme demands for better computational performance and throughput as these tools are used in applied research and industrial development. This research has direct influence on our daily life in areas such as health and medical applications, the development of new drugs, efficient drug delivery, biotechnology, environment, agriculture and food industry. Life Science is one of the largest and fastest growing communities in need of high-end computing, and it is a critically important industrial sector for Europe. However, compared to some other disciplines, the use of e-Infrastructure is still relatively new - many advanced techniques are not applied commercially due to limited experience. It requires significant support to:
• Make e-Infrastructure useable by researchers who are not computing experts,
• Improve the performance and applicability of key life science applications,
• Handle large amounts of data in computational workflows.

BioExcel proposes to tackle these challenges by establishing a dedicated CoE for Biomolecular Research, covering structural and functional studies of the building blocks of living organisms - proteins, DNA, saccharides, membranes, solvents and small molecules like drug compounds - all areas where with large academic and industrial users bases in Europe. Specifically, BioExcel will
• Improve the efficiency and scalability of important software packages for biomolecular research;
• Improve the usability of ICT technologies for biomolecular researchers in academia and industry;
• Promote best practices and train end users in making good use of both software and e-Infrastructure.
• Develop appropriate governance structures and business plans for a sustainable CoE.

Call for proposal

H2020-EINFRA-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-EINFRA-2015-1

Coordinator

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Net EU contribution
€ 1 084 750,00
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Sweden

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Region
Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 084 750,00

Participants (10)

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 279 000,25
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht

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Region
West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 279 000,25
FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA BIOMEDICA (IRB BARCELONA)
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 225 000,00
Address
Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12 Parc Scientific De Barcelona
08028 Barcelona

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 225 000,00
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 259 773,75
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Düren
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 259 773,75
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 1 001 226,00
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh

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Region
Eastern Scotland Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 001 226,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 345 875,00
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester

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Region
North West (England) Greater Manchester Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 345 875,00
EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 598 411,00
Address
Meyerhofstrasse 1
69117 Heidelberg

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe Heidelberg, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 598 411,00
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 315 000,00
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 315 000,00
FORWARD TECHNOLOGIES AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 264 500,00
Address
Stureplan 15
11145 Stockholm

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Region
Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 264 500,00
BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 225 000,00
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 225 000,00
IAN HARROW CONSULTING LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 183 750,00
Address
Kd Tower Plaza Suite 9 Cotterells
HP1 1FW Hemel Hempstead

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
East of England Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Hertfordshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 183 750,00