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, through expansion of Instruct-ERIC to new member countries and raising standards and competence in structural biology globally. 14 partners work together on the H2020 project, which is headed up by the Instruct hub. 

Total grant: €3,950,000




EOSC-Life launched in April 2019 as the life-science domain specific area of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The project aims to further cloud adoption through life sciences, increase data standards and interoperability and improve access to tools and data. Instruct-ERIC is utilising it's cross-research infrastructure support tool, ARIA, to support the project activities and enhance integration with other research infrastructures in the life-sciences domain. As co-leads of WP5 Instruct-ERIC will also be supporting the delivery of Life Science Login, a single sign on technology that will allow for seamless data sharing across multiple life-science domains.

Total grant: €23,700,000


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RI-VIS is a Horizon 2020 project launched in February 2019 to expand the visibility of European research infrastructures. RI-VIS will target new communities within Europe such as new scientific communities, policy-makers, industrial communities and the general public, but also to reach out to new target regions internationally through cultivating partnerships between European and international research infrastructures and local experts. RI-VIS is supported by its consortium of 13 partners from 12 research infrastructures in the biomedical, social, and environmental sciences. The project is coordinated by the Instruct-ERIC hub team.

Total grant: €1,500,000




EU-LAC ResInfra

The main goal of the EU-LAC ResInfra project, 'Towards a new EU-CELAC partnership in Research Infrastructures', is to enhance the bi-regional collaboration regarding Research Infrastructures. Within this project Instruct-ERIC is responsible for the Pilot on Infrastructure cooperation and coordination on Structural Biological for Health. The project is a Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action that will run until 31 May 2022.

Total grant: €1,499,719




iNEXT-Discovery aims to enable access to structural biology research infrastructures for all European researchers, and especially non-experts in structural biology. For that reason it brings together a diversity of large research facilities and other groups in a single consortium. Instruct provides the proposal system for the project and the use of our facilities also contributing to networking and communication activities. Instruct is responsible of the sustainability planning for the activities of the project.




The OPEN SESAME project will ensure optimal exploitation of the Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) light source based in Jordan. The consortium is composed of ten European institutes and aims to train 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





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. 

Total grant: €2,999,900





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. It bridges the translational gap in biomedical research, and supports cooperation between public vaccine R&D institutions of excellence, related initiatives and networks in Europe, and industrial partners.

Total grant: €10,600,000




ERIC Forum

ERIC stands for European Research Infrastructure Consortium and is one of the 5 European legal instruments especially set up by the European Union in 2009 to provide a legal framework for (multisite) European research infrastructures. The objectives of the forum are to identify common challenges affecting the Forum Members as entities subject to the ERIC Regulation; to collectively response to these challenges; to contribute to the further development of the ERIC Regulation, ESFRI framework and European and international research context; and lastly to foster the visibility, impact and sustainability of ERICs.

The total grant: €1,495,281.





Information on our previous projects can be found here.