What is Instruct-ERIC?

Instruct-ERIC is a pan-European distributed research infrastructure making high-end technologies and methods in structural biology available to users.

Our aim is to promote innovation in biomedical science and operates on a non-economic basis within the scope of the ERIC Regulation.

Instruct-ERIC is comprised of 12 Member States: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and United Kingdom and two Observers: Greece and EMBL as an Observer International Organisation.

Instruct-ERIC provides open access to cutting edge structural biology, specifically supporting research that uses integrated approaches and technologies. It operates with the following principles: a) scientific excellence is our priority in the services we provide and the research we support; b) transparency, equality and legality is the cornerstone of our operational model. 

The history of Instruct-ERIC

Instruct began in the European Research Infrastructure Preparatory Phase of the ESFRI roadmap, followed by a transitional phase and into the operational phase from 2012. Instruct was recognised as a Landmark Project on the 2016 ESFRI Roadmap


Open Access to the Instruct infrastructure, expertise and methods is available to academic and industry researchers from all countries. Researchers from Instruct Member countries are eligible to apply for funding. Read more about who can apply.

Access is granted subject to scientific peer review and is available either:


For academic research (users agree to publication of data). Researchers from member countries can apply for funding.


On a service basis for commercial use (user access is on a fee for service basis; no obligation to disclose or publish data)

How is Instruct funded?

Instruct-ERIC infrastructure is supported primarily by Member State funding that provides a long-term foundation for Instruct. Each member country pays an annual subscription to Instruct-ERIC. Subscriptions are tiered based on the number of scientists that country represents, and in return the country has full access to laboratory visits, training, R&D funding and internships.

Instruct-ERIC also receives external funding through EU and other programmes to provide funding for Instruct services. Instruct is a partner of seven Horizon 2020 projects and coordinates Instruct-ULTRA, where sixteen partner institutes are working together to enhance and develop Instruct-ERIC.

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Who’s behind Instruct and how we fit within the wider structural biology research community?

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What is Structural Biology?

A brief introduction to this field of research for those in the broader life science community.

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Instruct for Industry

Providing cost-effective access to cutting-edge technology for those working in industry. How to apply for access.

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Our Services

What kind of training, research services and expertise  does Instruct-ERIC provide?

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Our History

Instruct has operated since 2012, providing access and training to users. We have built alarge user community and train the next generation of structural biologists.

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Biennial Conference

The next European Structural Biology conference hosted by Instruct-ERIC will be 22-24 May 2019, in Madrid Spain.

Access to Instruct infrastructure can help advance your research

More than 350 peer reviewed publications acknowledge
Instruct infrastructure.

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