Latest News

  • 2018-08-17

    Overview: Open calls for research projects

    The following calls for biological/medical research projects are announced/open:

    • Joint call by Instruct-ERIC and EuroBioNMR: Magnetic Resonance spectroscopies for life science
      --> Applications can be submitted for access to magnetic resonance platforms in Europe     
      --> The next deadline for proposal submission is 15 October 2018
      --> More information can be found here
  • 2018-07-27

    Job vacancies at EMBRC-ERIC

    There are several job vacancies at EMBRC-ERIC:

    • Excecutive Director
    • Scientific Officer & Project Manager
    • Communication Officer
    • Access Officer
    • Administrative Assistant

    More information can be found here.

  • 2018-07-13

    Registration open for 5th MIUF Meeting

    Registration for the 5th CORBEL Medical Infrastructure/Users Forum (MIUF) meeting (15 October 2018, Paris) is now open. Please find more information in the Event announcements.

  • 2018-07-13

    CORBEL extended until May 2020

    In the course of a recent grant agreement amendment, the European Commission approved the cost neutral extension of CORBEL until the end of May 2020. The consortium is very grateful for the chance to extend and expand its efforts to support European biological and medical research by harmonising user access to biomedical research infrastructures, unifying data management, creating common ethical and legal services, and offering joint innovation support!

  • 2018-07-11

    CORBEL 2nd Open Call - third submission round has started

    During the second submission round of the CORBEL 2nd Open Call for research projects, several applications were received and are now being evaluated.

    Due to the rolling deadline of the Open Call, researchers are now encouraged to submit their proposals during the third submission round.

    Please be aware that all interested researchers are required to talk about potential applications with the contact person(s) at the prospective service providers before submitting their project proposal.

    The third submission round will close on 31 August, 2018.

    For more information visit the Open Call webpages.

  • 2018-05-14

    CORBEL 2nd Open Call - second submission round has started

    The first submission round of the CORBEL 2nd Open Call for research projects closed on April 30, 2018. The evaluation process has started and applicants will be notified about the outcome of the evaluation soon.

    As the Open Call has a rolling deadline collecting applications at the 1st of every 2nd month, researchers are now encouraged to submit their proposals during the second submission round.

    Please be aware that all interested researchers are required to talk about potential applications with the contact person(s) at the prospective service providers before submitting their project proposal.

    The second submission round will close on 30 June, 2018.

    For more information visit the Open Call webpages.

  • 2018-04-05

    CORBEL 2nd Open Call launched

    On 26 March CORBEL launched its 2nd Open Call for research projects.

    This call offers all academic and industrial scientists in Europe the unique chance to accelerate their research by using state-of-the-art technologies and services from more than 20 facilities from 10 different research infrastructures.

    The first submission round will close on 30 April, 2018.

    For more information visit the Open Call webpages.

  • 2018-02-19

    New Candidate genes for diabetes found in mouse phenotyping study

    Scientists at the Helmholtz Center Munich (HMGU) have identified a network of genes that could play a vital role in the development of metabolic diseases such as diabetes. The study for which INFRAFRONTIER provided the research infrastructure marks a substantial progress in the fight against diabetes: In order to identify candidate genes for the wide spread metabolic disease, the research team of the German Mouse Clinic (GMC) examined `knockout mice´ – each lacking a specific gene – for metabolic dysfunction.

    Cooperating with a worldwide group of colleagues in the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC), the scientists discovered a total of 974 genes whose loss had strong effects on glucose and lipid metabolism. The functions of 51 of these genes in the mouse were hitherto completely unknown. The genes were similar in their structure: Many of them had common genetic elements. Compared with genome data collected in humans, 23 genes appeared to play a role in human diabetes. Read more here

  • 2018-02-07

    Hot off press: Publication on sharing data from clinical trials

    As a follow-up to the consensus paper published end of 2017, ECRIN-ERIC released their publication on Classification of processes involved in sharing individual participant data from clinical trials.
    It is accessible from here.

  • 2017-12-18

    New publication: Sharing and reuse of individual participant data from clinical trials: principles and recommendations

    CORBEL WP3, lead by ECRIN-ERIC, published a consensus paper on data sharing of data from clinical trials.

    The publication can be accessed here.

  • 2017-12-13

    Report: IP issues in Open Science, pre-competitive Research and Open Innovation

    The report "IP issues in Open Science, pre-competitive Research and Open Innovation", produced by the CORBEL innovation specialists (CORBEL WP8), is now online available.

  • 2017-11-22

    Catalogue of Services online!

    The CORBEL Catalogue of Services offers an overview on what kind of services (access to samples and technologies, data, tools, expertise etc.) can be accessed from the participating research infrastructures. Researchers from academia, clinics and industry working on a complex project often do not have access at their home institution to the cutting-edge technologies they would need to boost their research – especially these researchers can benefit from utilising a research infrastructure.

    The catalogue includes state-of-the art services from the fields of advanced imaging technologies, biobanking, clinical trial, databases, functional genomics, marine model organisms, microorganisms, pathogenic microorganisms, plant phenotyping, screening and medicinal chemistry, structural biology, systems biology and translational research. Searching the catalogue, researchers do not only obtain an overview on available services, they also receive information on access modes, costs and much more.
    Planning a complex research project it is also possible to use services from different research infrastructures subsequently. Examples of such service pipelines are given on the website.

Event Announcements

  • Europe Biobank Week 2018: Biosharing for Scientific Discovery

    04. – 07. September 2018

    Co-organised by BBMRI-ERIC and ESBB, the Europe Biobank Week 2018 will take place in Antwerp  (Belgium) September 4-7, 2018.
    More information is available from the conference website.

  • ICRI2018 - 4th International Conference on Research Infrastructures

    12. – 14. September 2018

    The 4th International Conference on Research Infrastructures will take place in Vienna (Austria) on  September 12-14, 2018 and will be co-organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) and the European Commission.

    ICRI 2018 aims at:

    • providing a forum for strategic discussion on international cooperation for research infrastructures at global level;
    • highlighting the essential role of research infrastructures in addressing global challenges and contributing to Sustainable Development Goals;
    • reflecting on the needs, development, and operation of global and national research infrastructures;
    • building on the outcomes of ICRI 2016, discussing existing and emerging challenges faced by RI stakeholders and investigating policy options and possible steps forward.

    Participants from more than 50 countries are expected to take part in this event. Speakers representing high-level stakeholders from across the globe and highly profiled institutions will intervene in the debate.

    The detailed programme for ICRI 2018 is currently being developed. Participation in ICRI 2018 will be possible by invitation only. More information is available here.

  • 5th MIUF Meeting

    15. October 2018

    The CORBEL Medical Infrastructure/Users Forum (MIUF) meets for the fifth time on October 15, 2018 in Paris (France) to continue the discussion of efficient development and use of bio-medical RIs. The meeting is open to scientific communities interested in medical research and is intended to discuss

    • the structuring of medical research communities at the pan-European level
    • the emerging needs of medical research projects in the context of the big data and personalised/stratified medicine approach
    • and the challenges raised in terms of development and deployment of data services

    Registration for the meeting is possible here until September 15, 2018. Registration is free, but mandatory in order to attend. The preliminary program is available here.

    The CORBEL MIUF (WP3.1) is designed to promote close collaboration, at the pan-EU level, between medical research communities, funding bodies, and medical research infrastructures. In particular, its mission consists of

    • promoting the establishment of pan-European scientific communities, providing the scientific content and access to patients
    • clearly defining the respective roles of infrastructures vs. scientific communities, avoiding gaps, overlaps and fragmentation
    • capturing the needs of the scientific communities and of the funders in terms of infrastructure services
    • ensuring the appropriate development and deployment of these services by one or multiple research infrastructures.
  • Joint Institut Pasteur and INFRAFRONTIER meeting in Paris: Modeling microbial ecosystems of mammals

    15. – 16. October 2018

    Institut Pasteur in Paris and INFRAFRONTIER will offer a joint meeting featuring the challenges and the current tools used in modeling the microbial ecosystems of mammals. The microbiota plays an important role in the development, immunity and physiology of its mammalian host.
    The aim of the meeting is to bring together the specialists of the field to discuss novel insights into the microbiota-host mutualism and parasitism, and focus on the new models and approaches to explore this relationship. In the near future, these advances will lead to the development of preventive and therapeutic strategies based on microbiota manipulation, and allow the microbiota to become a key diagnostic component in precision medicine. For detailed informations and registration, please visit the meeting website

  • ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: Data Driven Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology

    15. – 16. October 2018

    This free ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum on Data Driven Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology in Frankfurt is open to both large and small companies and aims to inform about ELIXIR resources and create a space to network for industry and academia.


    • Big Data Challenges and Opportunities
    • Data driven Biotechnology in Germany and Europe
    • Services offered by de.NBI and ELIXIR
    • Flash Talks from companies showcasing their products

    More information can be found here.

  • 3rd Annual General Meeting

    16. – 17. October 2018

    CORBEL's next AGM takes place October 16-17, 2018 in Paris.

    More information coming soon...

  • Machine Learning for Image Analysis

    29. – 31. October 2018

    CORBEL, EMBL, German BioImaging and NEUBIAS are organizing a joint blended learning course on Machine Learning for Image Analysis. The course will be a great mix of intensive learning, extensive hands-on and community networking, consisting of

    • Up-front online sessions
    • On-site workshop
    • Follow-up online sessions (optional)

    For more information click here.

  • INFRAFRONTIER / IMPC Stakeholder Meeting 2018

    03. – 04. December 2018

    The jointly organised INFRAFRONTIER/IMPC stakeholder meeting will take place in Munich, with the thematic focus on advancing Rare Disease research and gene therapy applications with animal models.
    More information is available on the website.

  • 4th Health-RI Conference 2019

    17. January 2019

    The 4th Health-RI conference will be held in Utrecht (Netherlands), on Thursday, 17 January 17 2019. The program will focus on the future of Health and Medicine and the required support role of science and research infrastructure as innovations around ‘big’ complex data facilitate a vitally functioning and healthy society.
    More information is available on the website.

  • Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Conference 2019

    23. – 25. May 2019

    The next Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Conference takes place May 24-25, 2019 in Alcalá de Henares (Spain).
    More information coming soon...

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654248.


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