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A European Network for Integrated Genome Annotation

Objective

The objective of the BIOSAPIENS Network of Excellence is to provide an infrastructure to support a large scale, concerted effort to annotate genome data by laboratories distributed around Europe. This will use both informatics tools and input from experimentalists. Experimental validation of a statistically significant subset of the predictions will be an integral part of the process, leading to an iterative improvement in methods. The
Network will bring together many of the best laboratories to create a European Virtual Institute for Genome Annotation, divided into nodes, each focussed on one aspect of genome annotation. Through integration the institute will help to improve bioinformatics research in Europe, by providing a focus for annotation and by the organisation of European meetings and workshops to encourage cooperation, rather than duplication of effort. It will also be pro-active in forging closer integration between the experimentalists and bioinformaticians, through a directed programme of genome analysis, focused on specific biological problems. The annotations generated by the Institute will be available in the public domain and easily accessible through a single portal on the web. This will be achieved through a distributed annotation system (DAS), which will evolve to take advantage of new developments in the GRID. The BIOSAPIENS NoE will increase European competitiveness, especially for SME's, by new discoveries, increased integration, expert training and improved tools and services. The Institute will establish a permanent European School of Bioinformatics, to train bioinformaticians and to encourage best practice in the exploitation of genome annotation data for biologists throughout Europe. In summary the Institute will further a European Research area for Bioinformatics, enhancing Europe's role in the academic and industrial exploitation of genomics'.

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Coordinator

THE EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY

Address

Meyerhosstrasse 1
10.2209 Heidelberg

Germany

Administrative Contact

Janet THORNTON (Professor)

Participants (27)

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GSF - FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER UMWELT UND GESUNDHEIT, GMBH

Germany

UNIVERSITÉ LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

INSTITUT MUNICIPAL D'ASSISTENCIA SANITARIA

Spain

GENOME RESEARCH LTD

United Kingdom

MAX-PLANCK-SOCIETY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE

Germany

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMICAL SCIENCES UNIVERSITY OF ROME "LA SAPIENZA"

Italy

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

SWISS INSTITUTE OF BIOINFORMATICS

Switzerland

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK

Denmark

UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

Finland

UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA

Switzerland

INSTITUTE OF ENZYMOLOGY, BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER, HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Hungary

UNIVERSITÄT ZU KÖLN

Germany

INSTITUT PASTEUR

France

BIOLNFOBANK INSTITUTE

Poland

CONSORTIUM NATIONALE DE RECHERCHE EN GÉNOMIQUE

France

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA

Italy

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

FUNDACION CENTRO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES ONCOLOGICAS CARLOS III

Spain

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT CAROLO-WILHELMINA ZU BRAUNSCHWEIG

Germany

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

CENTRE DE REGULACIÓ GENÒMICA

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 503265

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    30 June 2009

Funded under:

FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 000 000

  • EU contribution

    € 12 000 000

Coordinated by:

THE EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY

Germany