June 16, 2015
The European Union has awarded €14.5 million to support efforts to facilitate access to data, medical and biological facilities for life science research which will be coordinated by ELIXIR. The award will be spent over a four year period to establish and support a new model for biological and medical research in Europe by harmonising user access to resources, unifying data management and creating common ethical and legal services. This project involves ‘CORBEL’ (Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-Science Services) building on existing efforts within BioMedBridges to develop the tools, services and data management required by cutting edge European research projects. CORBEL aims to establish a collaborative framework of shared services between the ESFRI Biological and Medical Research Infrastructures that will transform the European research community from discovery of basic biological mechanisms to applied medical translation – through the provision of a unified interface, aligned services and coordinated user access to a range of advanced technology platforms. CORBEL will act as a joint platform that will visibly reduce redundancy and simplify project management, transforming the ability of users to deliver advanced, cross disciplinary research in Europe.
Data management Work Package, EMBL-EBI will work on implementing the necessary data standards, management, deposition and access to unite all of Europe’s lifescience research infrastructures. Apart from being coordinated by ELIXIR CORBEL, the ESFRI Research Infrastructures involved are: BBMRI, EATRIS, ECRIN, EMBRC, EUOPENSCREEN, EuroBioImaging, INFRAFRONTIER, Instruct, ISBE and MIRRI.