Past EC-funded Projects

In recent years, Instruct-ERIC has partnered in several successful H2020 funded projects, which have now come to completion.




Instruct-ULTRA was launched in January 2017 to deepen and widen access to innovative high-end structural biology techniques within Europe and beyond, through expansion of Instruct-ERIC to new member countries and raising standards and competence in structural biology globally. 14 partners worked together on the H2020 project, which was headed up by the Instruct hub. 

Total grant: €3,950,000

January 2017 to December 2020




CORBEL was an initiative of eleven biological and medical research infrastructures (BMS-RI) to create a platform for harmonised user access to biological and medical technologies, biological samples and dataservices required by cutting-edge biomedical research. Instruct-ERIC lead work to develop a common access framework that facilitates user access to services and resources across the involved RIs. 

Total grant: €14,837,800

September 2015 to May 2020




The OPEN SESAME project ensured optimal exploitation of the Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) light source based in Jordan. The consortium was composed of ten European institutes and trained SESAME staff  in instrumentation technology, research techniques and administration for optimal use of a modern light source facility and build-up human capacity in Middle East researchers to optimally exploit SESAME’s infrastructure. 

Total grant: €2,100,800

January 2017 to December 2019




iNEXT is an infrastructure for NMR, EM and X-rays for Translational Research. 

It provided access to state-of-the-art infrastructures for structural biology, translate fundamental research into bio-scientific applications and stimulate access for non-structural biologists. iNEXT primarily focused in the fields of X-ray crystallography, SAXS, NMR, EM, light imaging and Biophysics for Macromolecular Interactions.

Total grant: €9,999,500

September 2015 to August 2019




The AARC2 project addressed 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. 

Total grant: €2,999,900

May 2017 to April 2019




BioStruct-X ran from September 2011 to February 2016. It was a consortium of 19 leading European synchrotron facilities and associated infrastructures for protein production located in 11 EU member and associated states. BioStruct-X provided and managed trans-national access to these synchrotron facilities. The large section of the structural biology community served by BioStruct-X had a common aim; to visualise molecular structures at the highest resolution.

BioStruct-X was coordinated with, and supported by, Instruct and was funded by the EU. BioStruct-X was managed by Dmitri Svergun at EMBL-Hamburg. More information is available on the BioStruct-X website.



Prime-xsPRIME-XS was a consortium of twelve partners, all leading in the field of proteomics. PRIME-XS provides European Union funded access to an infrastructure of state-of-the-art proteomics technology to the biological and biomedical research community in Europe. In addition to providing access, PRIME-XS developed new technologies to better aid the research community in answering current day scientific questions, and organizes courses and meetings. Since 2011, PRIME-XS provided open and competitive access to proteomics technology at its six access sites. The project has now ended.PRIME-XS was coordinated and managed by Albert Heck at Utrecht University supported by Instruct. More information on how to apply for access to the PRIME-XS proteomics facilities is available on the PRIME-XS website.


Bio-Nbio-nmrMR (NMR for Structural Biology) was a project funded by the EC under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for supporting research infrastructures in the provision of transnational access and technological advancements in bio-NMR. The project has now ended. iNEXT (infrastructure for NMR, EM and X-rays for Translational research) will provide high-end structural biology instrumentation and expertise, facilitating expert and non-expert European users to translate their fundamental research into biomedical and biotechnological applications. More information is available at the iNEXT website.



WeNMRWeNMR was an e-infrastructure that provides a computational and collaborative platform for structural biology in general and for users of existing European infrastructures in particular. The main objectives were to provide the end users, especially from the NMR and SAXS research communities, with a platform integrating and streamlining the computational approaches necessary for data analysis and structural modeling. WeNMR grouped its users into a Virtual Research Community, providing user-friendly access to Grid computing resources via web portals, tutorials and support to both end users and software developers in an integrated online support and help center.

WeNMR was supported by the 7th Framework Programme, combining services, research and networking activities towards novel computational approaches. It was officially recognized by the European Grid Initiative (EGI) and represented the largest Virtual Research Organization in the area of life sciences. WeNMR also had strong connections to the Instruct Centre for Computational Biology.

WeNMR was coordinated by Alexandre Bonvin at the Bijvoet Center of Utrecht University. More information about WeNMR is available on the WeNMR website.


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