Our H2020 Projects

In addition to the core activities, Instruct-ERIC is actively working in partnership with others across the Life Sciences field to share expertise and work together on European projects which will benefit the Life Science community more generally. Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the EU Research and Innovation Programme which provides funding in key research areas. Details of our projects are given below, many of which relate to improving research infrastructure, data and training.  

Instruct-ULTRA was launched in January 2017 to deepen and widen access to innovative high-end structural biology techniques within Europe and beyond. It aims to accelerate and expand membership of Instruct-ERIC to new member countries, with the possibility to trial access beforehand. The launch of pilot projects will aid development and refinement of new innovations in structural biology techniques, allowing niche bespoke methods to find broader application across the wider scientific and medical research community. The aims of the project are:

  • Achieve long‐term sustainability by expanding membership to provide services valued in the global context

  • Enhanced delivery of world‐leading structural biology services to academic and industrial users

  • Raise standards and competence in structural biology in Europe and globally

  • The Instruct-ULTRA project is supported and staffed by Instruct-ERIC, and receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

    www.instruct-ultra.eu








    Instruct-ULTRA was launched in January 2017 to deepen and widen access to innovative high-end structural biology techniques within Europe and beyond. It aims to accelerate and expand membership of Instruct-ERIC to new member countries, with the possibility to trial access beforehand. The launch of pilot projects will aid development and refinement of new innovations in structural biology techniques, allowing niche bespoke methods to find broader application across the wider scientific and medical research community. The aims of the project are:

    • Achieve long‐term sustainability by expanding membership to provide services valued in the global context
    • Enhanced delivery of world‐leading structural biology services to academic and industrial users
    • Raise standards and competence in structural biology in Europe and globally
    The Instruct-ULTRA project is supported and staffed by Instruct-ERIC, and receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
    www.instruct-ultra.eu


    CORBEL is an initiative of eleven biological and medicalresearch (BMS-RI) infrastructures to create a platform for harmonised useraccess to biological and medical technologies, biological samples and dataservices required by cutting-edge biomedical research. Goals of the project are:

    • Provide access to resources and services that enable cutting-edge biomedicalresearch. Instruct will lead work to develop a common access framework thatfacilitates user access to services and resources across the involved RIs. 
    • Deliver the implementation of core, sustainable services necessary to supportinter BMS ESFRI data standardization, integration, management, deposition and access. 
    • Identify the competency requirements of staff in BMS RIs for the newlyidentified services proposed by this application and use organising a pilot training programme 




    West-life is an initiative under the Virtual ResearchEnvironment (VRE) e-Infrastructure programme (EINFRA-9-2015).  The goals of the project are:

    • Pilot an infrastructure for storing and processing data to support the growing use of combined techniques.
    • Develop automated and integrated data management and processing pipelines forstructural biology 
    • Expand the work of the previous WeNMR and BioMedBridges EU projects in order to coverall aspects of structural biology to serve the Instruct community.  




    iNEXT is an infrastructure for NMR, EM and X-rays for Translational Research. It can support researchers from all EU and associated countries but also (in a more limited capacity) from international labs, to perform a variety of structural biology experiments with a translational research component, in the fields of X-ray crystallography, SAXS, NMR, EM, light imaging and Biophysics for Macromolecular Interactions. The goals of the project are:

    • Provide access to state-of-the-art infrastructures for structural biology.
    • Translate fundamental research into bio-scientific applications.
    • Stimulate access for non-structural biologists. 




    The OPEN SESAME project will ensure optimal exploitation of the Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) light source. The consortium is composed of ten European institutes (six light sources, The Cyprus Institute, CERN, CNRS and Instruct-ERIC) along with SESAME itself. The three goals are:

    • Train SESAME staff in the storage ring and beamline instrumentation technology, research techniques and administration for optimal use of a modern light source facility.
    • Build-up human capacity in Middle East researchers to optimally exploit SESAME’s infrastructure.
    • Train SESAME staff and its user community in public outreach and corporate communications, and to support SESAME and its stakeholders in building awareness and demonstrating its socio-economic impact to assure longer term exploitation.




    The AARC2 project aims to address policy and technical interoperability gaps that prevent researchers from accessing the whole research and infrastructure service portfolio with one login (SSO), regardless of where this takes place in the ecosystem. By enabling SSO among infrastructures, scientists worldwide will be able to seamlessly and securely access infrastructure services, reducing administrative overhead and improving international collaboration. The goals of the project are:

    • Enable federated access in selected research communities
    • Assist research communities to map their requirements to a concrete service offer
    • Support research infrastructures and e-infrastructures to implement the recommendations of the AARC Blueprint Architecture and Policy Framework
    • Offer training to enable communities adopt AARC results when designing new services
    • Enhance the blueprint of the integrated architecture by supporting additional features






    TRANSVAC2 focuses on making new vaccines quicker. The  consortium comprises a comprehensive collection of leading European institutions that propose to further advance with the previous initiative towards the establishment of a fully operational and sustainable European vaccine R&D infrastructure. 

    TRANSVAC2 supports innovation for both prophylactic and therapeutic vaccine development based on a disease-overarching and one-health approach, thereby optimising the knowledge and expertise gained during the development of both human and animal vaccines. By bridging the translational gap in biomedical research, and by supporting cooperation between public vaccine R&D institutions of excellence, related initiatives and networks in Europe, and industrial partners, TRANSVAC2 complements and integrates with existing European research infrastructures in both the public and private sectors.



    Past EC funded projects

    Instruct-ERIC has collaborated in several key European Research Projects which have already come to their conclusion, including BioStruct, Prime-X, Bio-NMR and WeNMR. Click here for more information.