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Centre of Excellence for Biomolecular Research

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.
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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)

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UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 279 000,25

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA BIOMEDICA (IRB BARCELONA)

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 225 000

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 259 773,75

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 001 226

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 345 875

EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 598 411

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 315 000

FORWARD TECHNOLOGIES AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 264 500

BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER - CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 225 000

IAN HARROW CONSULTING LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 183 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 675728

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.4.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 782 286,25

  • EU contribution

    € 4 782 286

Coordinated by:

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden