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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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software

Call for proposal

H2020-EINFRA-2015-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 084 750

Participants (10)

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 279 000,25
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA BIOMEDICA (IRB BARCELONA)
Spain
EU contribution
€ 225 000
Address
Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12 Parc Scientific De Barcelona
08028 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 259 773,75
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 001 226
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 345 875
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY
Germany
EU contribution
€ 598 411
Address
Meyerhofstrasse 1
69117 Heidelberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 315 000
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
FORWARD TECHNOLOGIES AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 264 500
Address
Stureplan 15
11145 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER - CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 225 000
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
IAN HARROW CONSULTING LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 183 750
Address
Kd Tower Plaza Suite 9 Cotterells
HP1 1FW Hemel Hempstead
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)