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Infrastructure Funding in the Life Sciences

Infrastructure Funding in the Life Sciences

Objective

It has become increasingly obvious that concepts and strategies for research infrastructure (RI) funding should be harmonised and coordinated within the EU. ESFRI has determined requirements for European RI funding and has presented a roadmap. Growing attention is paid to life sciences that rely on RIs of a less centralised, but more networked dimension. There is a clear need for action in the interdisciplinary area between physics, chemistry, biology and medical sciences as cutting edge instrumentation becomes increasingly expensive and, yet, indispensable for world-class research. However, promotion of research policies, apart from the ESFRI projects, has been restricted so far to national efforts without managing these actions with a European view. Funding and research organisations can not afford to remain at the national stage with world-wide competition for the best scientists and the most promising projects. Frontier research is international since long and funding organisations have to follow scientists to the European level. ERA-Instruments aims at initiating coordination and a sustainable network of ministries, charities, funding agencies and research councils active in funding of life science RI. This European platform of relevant stake-holders will set up comprehensive tools for adequate treatment of instrumentation related topics enabling conclusions for research policies on both a national and European level. The ERA-NET will focus on bioanalytical instrumentation (incl. post-genomic high-throughput techniques) such as NMR, mass spectrometry, microscopy, microarray platforms etc. These mid-size equipments have become an essential and strategic strength for European countries. The ERA-NET can build on the broad experience with RI funding of its partners. Contacts to the scientists will thus remain close and continuous. Promotion of RI funding in FP-7 and support for new member states will also strengthen the position of European research.

Coordinator

DEUTSCHE FORSCHUNGSGEMEINSCHAFT

Address

Kennedyallee 40
53175 Bonn

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 208 620

Administrative Contact

Johannes Janssen (Dr.)

Participants (15)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 106 700

BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 138 800

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 103 822

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 103 822

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 106 700

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 84 188

HARIDUS-JA TEADUS MINISTEERIUM

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 84 188

RANNSOKNAMIDSTOD ISLANDS

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 95 872

ETHNIKO IDRYMA EREVNON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 84 423

THE CZECH SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 30 688

FONDS VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK-VLAANDEREN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 10 700

HERMANN VON HELMHOLTZ-GEMEINSCHAFT DEUTSCHER FORSCHUNGSZENTREN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 10 700

THE WELLCOME TRUST LIMITED

United Kingdom

BUNDESMINISTERIUM FUER DIGITALISIERUNG UND WIRTSCHAFTSSTANDORT

Austria

MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 30 688

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211928

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2008

  • End date

    30 September 2011

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 497 196,85

  • EU contribution

    € 1 199 911

Coordinated by:

DEUTSCHE FORSCHUNGSGEMEINSCHAFT

Germany