Instruct Horizon 2020 projects


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.


  • To 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.
  • To deliver the implementation of core, sustainable services necessary to supportinter BMS ESFRI data standardization, integration, management, deposition and access.
  • To identify the competency requirements of staff in BMS RIs for the newlyidentified services proposed by this application and use organising a pilottraining programme Budget


West-life is an initiative under the Virtual ResearchEnvironment (VRE) e-Infrastructure programme (EINFRA-9-2015).


  • To pilot an infrastructure for storing and processing data to support the growing use ofcombined techniques.
  • To develop automated and integrated data management and processing pipelines forstructural biology
  • To 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.


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


Instruct-Ultra is key to achieving this in a timely fashion and to keep pace with the accelerating demand for Instruct services. Essential to expansion is the further consolidation of the financial foundations and operational sustainability of the infrastructure.

Instruct-Ultra will achieve this goal by addressing specific objectives: to expand the Instruct membership by targeted interactions with countries, to widen the user base by engaging with new European and international communities and to improve efficiencies in service delivery to enhance the scale and reliability of the infrastructure.


  • Achieve long‐term sustainability by expanding membership to provide servic 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


OPEN SESAME project will ensure optimal exploitation of the Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) light source. With this aim, OPEN SESAME has three key objectives:

  • To train SESAME staff in the storage ring and beamline instrumentation technology, research techniques and administration for optimal use of a modern light source facility.
  • To build-up human capacity in Middle East researchers to optimally exploit SESAME’s infrastructure.
  • To 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.


  • Provide a stimulating learning and training environment for the next generation of science administrators/managers around SESAME to contribute to an efficiently managed and administered science-support system in the Region;
  • Build networks and cooperative relations on the administrative level between stakeholders in the Region, including policy-supporting bodies;
  • Promote cooperation and better integration - also on the administrative level - between SESAME (and other relevant Middle East institutions) and EU organisations/institutes;
  • Investigate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of SESAME as a “socio-economic engine” and to identify future trends and potentials;
  • Formulate a set of recommendations and guidelines that aids in defining practical socio-economic categories and variables relevant for SESAME, reporting/monitoring tools and others guidelines/best practice proposals to enhance the socio-economic effects of SESAME to the Region.


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 (using their existing credentials) to seamlessly and securely access infrastructure services, reducing administrative overhead and improving international collaboration.


  • Support e-infrastructures to integrate AARC results by deploying components of theintegrated AAI and adopting AARC/AARC2 policy and best practices.
  • Support research communities to adopt federated access and to develop any missing components to address their needs following AARC/AARC2 recommendations.
  • Support open access


TRANSVAC2 is the follow-up project to its successful predecessor project TRANSVAC, the European Network of Vaccine Research and Development funded under FP7. The TRANSVAC2 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.

Past projects

For information about historical H2020 structural biology projects which Instruct-ERIC has participated in, click here.