8th Instruct Training Call

All Instruct supported training courses should adhere to the following guidelines:

Instruct training courses that have been approved by the Training Committee and are supported by central Instruct funding should:

  • Include the word Instruct in the title
  • Promote an integrated approach of structural biology  techniques
  • Be implemented according to agreed standards set by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), Education and Training body funded by the European Union.

The criteria for Instruct courses are:

  • Defined admission criteria: courses should be advertised openly on the Instruct website and on other websites to attract a broad uptake. Where admission is limited, these limits should be made clear on or before application. Evaluation of applicants should respect the principles of offering equal opportunities with regard to gender, disability or ethnicity.
  • Predefined set of teaching objectives leading to defined outcomes: Course content should be tailored to the academic level of applicants with realistic expected outcomes (e.g. independent implementation of software at applicant’s home lab; basic understanding of new technologies applicable to specific experimental scenarios; independent planning for an integrated approach). The objectives of the course should be clearly described in the call for applications.
  • Excellent facilities, infrastructure, expertise and leadership to support the course content. These parameters will be evaluated by the Instruct Training Committee in their evaluation of the proposal: the Committee expects these standards to be delivered.
  • Assessment of outcome and standard of training offered: a system to collect feedback from attendees should be in place and a report to the Training Committee should summarise this information and any suggestions for improvement.
  • Provision of updated reference material: where appropriate, updated information following the course should be made available to course participants, either via the Instruct website or other electronic means.
  • Focus on integrative structural biology

All courses supported with Instruct funds will have a page or a link on the Instruct website.

Courses should have a webpage with the following relevant information (this can be on the Instruct website – contact admin@structuralbiology.eu, and/or on your institutional website. If the latter, a link for the Instruct website must be provided):

  • details of registration
  • fees (if appropriate) including bursary or other fee waiver opportunities
  • venue (including map)
  • travel and accommodation arrangements (especially local travel information; trains, buses, taxis with indication of approximate costs)
  • program
  • social events (group dinner)
  • acknowledgement of Instruct funding, including the logo (go to http://www.structuralbiology.eu/background/press/press-office)

Call Submission Guidelines

Instruct Course Application Template

Please submit a 2 page (max) proposal including the following details:

Title of the course (it should include the word Instruct)

Venue and host Instruct Centre

Aims of the course and expected impact for young researchers

Opportunity for participants to work (at least partly) with their own samples Proposed dates (or interval during which the course may be held)

Lead contact

Outline course content (indicate lecture/practical content as applicable)

Number of participants anticipated

List of confirmed course tutors

Detailed budget (venue, catering, staff costs/fees, accommodation costs for participants and speakers)

The training courses should be scheduled within the period indicated in the call. Instruct contributes to fund general course expenses and support the participation of young researchers. The courses will be open to investigators at all levels. Proposed courses and workshops should be hosted by, and specifically utilising the capabilities of Instruct Centres. Courses co-organized with industrial partners are encouraged.

Course proposals should adhere as far as possible with the criteria defined by EMTRAIN (an EU Innovative Medicines Initiative project, of which Instruct is a member). EMTRAIN is establishing a comprehensive online searchable database (on-course) of training courses that support European life sciences, both for academic and commercial scientists. Instruct has agreed to work with on-course in adopting their criteria of course quality to allow inclusion of our training courses in the database where appropriate. The criteria are set out below:

  • Defined and transparent admission criteria.
  • A predefined set of teaching objectives, leading to defined learning outcomes.
  • Adequate, appropriate and up to date facilities, infrastructure, leadership and competencies available for the support of student learning.
  • Assessment of the students' achievement in accordance with the agreed learning outcomes of the training offered.
  • A system for collecting, assessing and addressing feedback from learners, teachers, technical/administrative staff and programme/course/module managers.
  • Availability of appropriate and updated reference material


Workshop budget


Requested from Instruct

Other funding sources (please specify)







Administration (staff costs/fees)



Travel cost



accommodation costs for participants and speakers



Other (specify)






Call Closes:
14-Nov-2017 17:00 CET

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