News from CRG, UPF and IMIM
The European life-science infrastructure for biological information, ELIXIR has been awarded €19 million from the EU to accelerate the implementation of Europe’s life-science data infrastructure over the next four years. From September 2015, ‘ELIXIR-EXCELERATE’ will facilitate the integration of Europe’s bioinformatics resources, supporting all sectors of life-science R&D. It will deliver excellence to ELIXIR’s users by fast-tracking the development and deployment of essential data services.
EXCELERATE funding will help ELIXIR coordinate and extend national and international data resources to ensure the delivery of world-leading life-science data services. It will support a pan-European training programme, anchored in national infrastructures, to increase bioinformatics capacity and competency. It will also provide efficiencies in management and operation throughout the infrastructure, which is distributed amongst 17 countries. Luis Serrano, CRG director says, “Now, all the partnering institutions and countries will be able to improve their national nodes and infrastructures for a better service and data access. It will have an effect on new and outstanding biomedical research projects throughout Europe.” Also, Arcadi Navarro, EGA team leader at the CRG adds, "ELIXIR is crucial for biomedical research projects and this new EU funding will definitively contribute to the integration of the EGA database to the Elixir infrastructure".
At Spanish level, the National Institute of Bioinformatics (INB-ISCIII) is the node composed by several Spanish research institutes that participates in this project with a total funding of 1.5 M€. The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) coordinates this node, which includes the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), the IRB Barcelona, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the National Center of Genomic Analysis (CNAG).