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European Virus Archive

Objective

During the past 70 years or more, thousands of viruses have been isolated and partly characterised by experts working in different countries worldwide. These viruses potentially provide a unique and extremely valuable medical and educational resource for research and development to understand the basis of virus diseases, and to develop modern state of the art strategies for disease control. However, nowhere in the world has there been an attempt to coordinate these collections of viruses so that they can be authenticated, amplified under quality-controlled conditions, stored long-term, and disseminated worldwide to laboratories engaged in fundamental and/or applied research. Without carefully coordinated intervention, these valuable resources will be lost to science and medicine. The objective of this project is therefore to develop a readily accessible virus reference library at the European level through the creation of the European Virus Archive (EVA). Since it would create insurmountable problems to develop such a collection in a single laboratory, EVA will utilise the expertise and facilities of recognised centres of excellence in virology within Europe. EVA will also exploit the high international reputations of these centres to obtain viruses currently held outside Europe. The management structure of EVA will ensure the highest standards of quality assurance, security, traceability and dissemination for the benefit of science, medicine, education and global information. The EVA network will develop appropriate protocols for virus amplification, supported by sustainable long-term storage facilities. The resource will be available to all users who can demonstrate the appropriate biosecurity credentials. An associated technology transfer centre will develop products for diagnosis, research, therapeutic application, education, and training. The EVA consortium contains internationally recognised experts in all aspects of the proposal. EVA is therefore an exciting, ambitious and realisable concept that can work for the benefit of mankind.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/virology
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/infectious disease/RNA virus/coronavirus

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-CSA-Infra - Combination of CP and CSA

Coordinator

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
Address
Boulevard De Dunkerque 44 Cs 90009
13572 Marseille
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 868 888,80
Administrative Contact
Ariel Crozon (Ms.)

Participants (9)

Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 575 166
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tony Fooks (Prof.)
BERNHARD-NOCHT-INSTITUT FUER TROPENMEDIZIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 574 977
Address
Bernhard Nocht Strasse 74
20359 Hamburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stephan Guenther (Dr.)
UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM BONN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 485 287
Address
Venusberg-campus 1
53127 Bonn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Drosten Christian (Prof.)
Public Health England an Executive Agency of the Dept of Health

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 743 204,52
Address
Waterloo Road
SE1 8UG London
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Lewis (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE

Participation ended

Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 520 117,90
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniel Pinschewer (Prof.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 526 624,20
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tatjana Avsic-Zupanc (Prof.)
VIROLOGICKY USTAV SLOVENSKEJ AKADEMIE VIED
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 467 546,80
Address
Dubravska Cesta 9
84505 Bratislava
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marcela Krasulova (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE
France
EU contribution
€ 1 535 085,20
Address
Boulevard Charles Livon 58
13284 Marseille
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Celine Damon (Ms.)
Department of Health
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 3 102,58
Address
Quarry House, Quarry Hill
LS2 7UE Leeds
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bryan Bolton (Dr.)