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  • 2019-01-14

    Workshop "Data Visualisation for Biology" - Registration closes 25 January 2019

    The EBI training team in association with CORBEL will be running the course

    "Data Visualisation for Biology: a practical workshop on design, techniques and tools”

    from 11-15 March 2019 at EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK. In this 5-day workshop, we will dive into the topic of biological data visualisation and how it can be used to gain insight in and get a "feel" for a dataset, so that targeted analyses can be defined.

    This course is targeted at biologists who want to explore, and gain further insight, into their own data through the use of visualisation and design approaches.

    More information and the registration link is available here.

    Register now to secure your place! Applications close 25 January 2019.

  • 2019-01-11

    CORBEL 2nd Open Call for research projects closed

    On 31 December 2018, the CORBEL 2nd Open Call for research projects was finally closed. Since its launch in March 2018, it generated a lot of interest among European scientists: 23 project applications from academia and industry covering all of the five offered Access Tracks were received. From all eligible projects, 13 applications were finally accepted as CORBEL user projects after undergoing a thorough scientific and technical review, and the latest applications are still being evaluated. The users now have the unparalleled chance to access the requested high-end technologies and services at more than 20 service providers from 10 European biomedical research infrastructures in order to advance their projects.

    Most of the user projects already took up their work – the time frame is rather tight as the service provision has to be completed until the end of the CORBEL project in May 2020. All projects will receive continuous support by the CORBEL Open Call project managers during the access phase as needed.

    The experience gained with the user projects will directly inform CORBEL’s strategy to establish an enduring foundation of collaborative scientific services for biomedical research in Europe and embed the combined infrastructure capabilities into the scientific workflow of advanced users.

  • 2018-12-21

    INFRAFRONTIER2020 Trans-national Access Call: Derivation of germ-free mice (axenic service)

    Call topic: Derivation of germ-free mice (axenic service)

    One of the INFRAFRONTIER2020 project aims is to develop pilot platforms and services supporting microbiome research. A service to derive germ-free (axenic) mice is now provided by three infrastructures with a long standing expertise and track record in the derivation of axenic and gnotobiotic mice, namely the Axenic / Gnoto Facility of the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, the Karolinska Institutet Core Facility for Germ-free Research, and the CNRS Service Isotechnie of the PHENOMIN-TAAM infrastructure. The participating INFRAFRONTIER infrastructures are among very few dedicated facilities in Europe who have the required equipment and expertise to generate germ-free and gnotobiotic mice. All infrastructures routinely offer their services to external users. The participating axenic- and gnotobiology platforms support research into host-microbiota interactions to study the role of the microbiome in both health and disease. This has been the subject of extensive research and established the involvement of the microbiome in metabolism, nutrition, physiology, and immune function and showed that mammalian microbiota play crucial roles in the pathogenesis of many diseases. Access to the axenic service will be granted on the basis of scientific excellence and supports pilot projects for the derivation of-germ-free mice. Further breeding and characterisation of axenic mice or the development of gnotobiotic models can be offered on a fee-for-service or on a collaborative basis.

    More information and the call application form is available here.
    Proposal submission to proposals(at) by 31 January 2019.

    INFRAFRONTIER is the European Research Infrastructure for phenotyping, archiving and distribution of model mammalian genomes. The INFRAFRONTIER Research Infrastructure provides access to first-class tools and data for biomedical research, and thereby contributes to improving the understanding of gene function in human health and disease using the mouse model. The core services of INFRAFRONTIER comprise the systemic phenotyping of mouse mutants in the participating mouse clinics, and the archiving and distribution of mouse mutant lines by the European Mouse Mutant Archive (EMMA).



  • 2018-12-14

    CORBEL 2nd Open Call - FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE 31 December 2018!

    The CORBEL Open Call for research projects is going to close finally on 31 December 2018. Applications from companies are especially welcome in this last submission round of the Call. Both SMEs and large enterprises can get support to move their R&D project a step forward. Special information for industrial R&D projects is given on the website focusing on applicants from industry.

  • 2018-11-23

    European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) officially launched

    The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) was officially launched on 23 November 2018 in Vienna. The event highlighted the importance of the EOSC for European research and introduced the new EOSC Portal which provides access to data, services and resources and through which users and service/resource providers can engage with the EOSC.  

  • 2018-11-21

    Overview: Open calls for research projects

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


    • European Plant Phenotyping Network (EPPN): 3rd call for transnational access
      --> Deadline: 28 January 2019 at 17:00 (German time)
      --> More information can be found here
    • EurOPDX: 1st call for access to patient derived xenograft (PDX) models, resources & expertise
      --> As part of the EU-funded EDIReX project, the EurOPDX consortium is offering free-of-charge access to the PDX models, resources, and expertise of the EurOPDX Research Infrastructure (RI)
      --> Deadline for proposal submission: 31 January 2019
      --> More information can be found here
    • INFRAFRONTIER: Trans-national Access call on Derivation of germ-free mice (axenic service)
      --> One of the INFRAFRONTIER2020 project aims is to develop pilot platforms and services supporting microbiome research. A service to derive germ-free (axenic) mice is now provided by three infrastructures with a long standing expertise and track record in the derivation of axenic and gnotobiotic mice.
      --> Deadline for proposal submission: 31 January 2019
      --> More information can be found here
    • JPIAMR: Call on Diagnostics & Surveillance 2019
      --> The Call on Diagnostics and Surveillance 2019 will fund joint transnational research projects addressing the development of diagnostic and surveillance tools, technologies and methods to detect antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
      --> Deadline for pre-proposal submission: 18 February 2019 (11:00 CET)
      --> More information can be found here
    • 1st EJP RD Joint Transnational Call for Rare Diseases Research Project (JTC 2019)
      --> The E-Rare ERA-Net has successfully implemented ten Joint Transnational Calls for rare disease research projects since 2006. This effort is now continued in the frame of the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) that has been established to further help in coordinating the research efforts of European, Associated and non-European countries in the field of rare diseases and implement the objectives of the International Rare Disease Research Consortium (IRDiRC).
      --> Topic: Research projects to accelerate diagnosis and/or explore disease progression and mechanisms of rare diseases
      --> Deadline for submitting the pre-proposals: 15 February 2019
      --> More information can be found here
  • 2018-10-05

    Publication: PiGx: Reproducible genomics analysis pipelines with GNU Guix

    A paper on reproducible genomics analysis pipelines (PiGx) for the analysis of RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, Bisulfite-seq, and single-cell RNA-seq was recently published by the group of Altuna Akalin from the Berlin Institute of Medical Systems Biology at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine. Their work was partly supported by CORBEL. Congratulations to the authors!

  • 2018-09-07

    CORBEL 2nd Open Call - fourth submission round has started

    On 1 September 2018, the current submission round of the CORBEL 2nd Open Call for research projects started. Industrial and academic scientists are invited to submit their proposals to access technologies and services offered by the European biomedical research infrastructures.

    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 current submission round will close on 31 October, 2018.

    For more information visit the Open Call webpages and find separate information on applications from industry.

  • 2018-09-07

    Registration open for workshop on “Best practices in Public-private collaborations”

    The CORBEL Innovation Helpdesk team in conjunction with the EATRIS Slovenia National Node and the University of Ljubljana is organizing a best practice workshop on the theme of public-private collaboration on 12-13 December 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Registration is open - please find more information in the Event announcements.

  • 2018-09-07

    Legal templates available on the CORBEL Innovation Helpdesk portal

    One of the objectives of the CORBEL Innovation work package is to provide guidelines or templates for legal agreements applying to research collaborations and material or data transfer situations. Although such agreements require tailor-made approaches, content wise there are common segments to be captured which are provided in templates and guidelines (“tools”). Recently the CORBEL Innovation Helpdesk website has been updated with two documents which provide help:

    If you have questions or require further help please contact the Innovation Helpdesk.

  • 2018-08-24

    Publication: "Mind the Gap: From Tool to Knowledge Base"

    From ELSI to Knowledge Base - the latest paper published by CORBEL WP7 leader Michaela Th. Mayrhofer (BBMRI-ERIC) and Irene Schlünder from TMF e.V. provides an overview of the activities and results toward a comprehensive ELSI support for the biomedical research infrastructures. The work was co-funded by the Horizon 2020 projects ADOPT BBMRI-ERIC and CORBEL. The full text of the paper is available here.

News Archive

  • 2018-07-27

    TRANSVAC: Open Call for Vaccine Development Services

    TRANSVAC is a collaborative infrastructure project funded by the European Commission (EC), designed to accelerate vaccine development by enhancing European vaccine research and training, and increase sustainability of EC vaccine projects by implementing a permanent research infrastructure for early vaccine development.

    The next deadline for applications for services is 15 August 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.

  • 2018-01-11

    Job vacancy at ERINHA AISBL

    ERINHA is looking for a Scientific Project Manager, place of work will be Paris.
    Deadline for applications is February 6, 2018.

    For more information see the vacancy note.

  • 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.

  • 2017-11-29

    Job vacancy at BBMRI-ERIC

    BBMRI-ERIC is hiring a Systems Administrator, being responsible for supporting all office operations regarding IT and the infrastructure operations of Common Service IT. The full-time position is located at Central Executive Management Office of BBMRI-ERIC in Graz (Austria).
    For detailed information see the vacancy note.

  • 2017-11-28

    Transnational Access Call "Precision mammalian model development"

    Main objective of this INFRAFRONTIER open call is to facilitate access for the wider biomedical research community to the unique infrastructure and scientific expertise of the participating INFRAFRONTIER partners, to deliver novel mouse lines that will advance knowledge of human disease and will be of widespread use in biomedical science. Recent advances in genome editing technology will be used to develop new mouse models of human disease.

    For more information visist the INFRAFRONTIER website.

  • 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.

  • 2017-10-30

    2nd CORBEL Annual General Meeting

    End of October the CORBEL consortium met for its 2nd AGM in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
    All participants spent two exciting days, being updated on latest project outcomes and discussing the next steps for their workpackages.

  • 2017-10-25

    4th MIUF Meeting

    On October 24, 2017 the CORBEL Medical Infrastructure/Users Forum (MIUF) met in Amsterdam to continue the discussion on a better cooperation between medical research communities, medical RIs and funders.

  • 2017-10-04

    5th Instruct Internship programme 2017 open!

    Instruct's internships funding has two components: One component covers travel and subsistence expenditures for the fellow up to 6000 Euros. The second component is a regular Instruct Access Project associated to the internship, contemplating a maximum expenditure of 6000 Euros (equivalent to 4 access visits).
    For more information and the call submission guidelines please visit the Instruct website.

    The call closes November 11, 2017 at 17:00 CET.

  • 2017-08-28

    Join us at FEBS2017

    During the FEBS 2017 Early Bird Session 3 (September 12, 2017), the three European Research Infrastructures Euro-BioImaging, EU-OPENSCREEN and Instruct-ERIC will not only present how external scientists from Europe and beyond can use their technologies and services and how scientists can integrate them in their research projects, they will also inform the audience about the opportunities arising from CORBEL.

    Don't miss the session!

  • 2017-08-23

    Framework for Quality Management published

    Within CORBEL, the 13 RIs established a network of quality managers, in order to harmonise quality management approaches across the biological and medical RIs.

    Recently, a framework for quality management (QM) in the biomedical research infrastructures (BMS RIs) has been published, defining a core set of principles in QM all 13 RIs will be compliant with.
    The publication is accessible here.

  • 2017-08-07

    BBMRI-ERIC expands headquarter

    BBMRI-ERIC welcomes its new ELSI Helpdesk Coordinator as well as its
    new Engagement Officer.
    Both support the Central Executive Management Office.

  • 2017-07-26

    Job vacancy at EMBL-EBI

    The EMBL-EBI is looking to recruit a scientist to support our work for the CORBEL project. The role is to work directly with scientists from around Europe in their use of our chemogenomics resources (particularly ChEMBL), to progress their research projects and to develop training programmes.

    Deadline for application is July 31, 2017. More information here.

  • 2017-07-24

    Launch of Instruct-ERIC

    At a Royal Society awards ceremony celebrating the prestigious new European Commission-approved status for structural biology Instruct Research Infrastructure, UK Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Jo Johnson recognised the value and relevance of collaborative work between the UK and European scientists.
    Instruct is a pan-European partnership giving researchers vital access to advanced instrumentation and the necessary training. The equipment is typically very expensive and requires specific technical experience. Technology and infrastructure are at the heart of the revolution to connect atomic resolution of molecular structures with functionality at the cellular level, and technical advances are constantly pushing the science forward.

    The new legal status for Instruct transforms it into a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), joining 16 others across Europe. As the second UK-hosted ERIC, Instruct will provide the European structural biology community with continued access to high-quality, stable and sustainable services. Over the past four decades, European researchers have played a pivotal role in developing increasingly sophisticated technologies including super-powerful cryo-electron microscopes. Instruct has been supported since its inception by the Medical Research Council, on behalf of the UK as the host country.
    Instruct provides access to some of the most sophisticated methods that allows researchers to generate images of molecules at near-atomic level, in far greater detail than was previously possible. This detail allows them to understand how the molecular machines in our bodies work and determine the building blocks of proteins, viruses and cells. Cryo-EM, one of the key technologies at the forefront of the structure revolution, is allowing researchers to better understand how diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease, affect the brain, and how specific molecules involved in causing disease might be targeted with drugs or vaccines.
    Minister Jo Johnson was able to announce at the event new multi-million pound funding for further cryo-EM facilities in UK, some of which will be available through the Instruct Centre UK, located in Oxford and the Harwell Research Campus. This investment combined with the new status of Instruct-ERIC, will enable the best and brightest minds across Europe to continue to share knowledge and state-of-the-art equipment, to advance discovery science and improve human health.
    Professor David Stuart, Director of Instruct-ERIC and MRC Professor at the University of Oxford, said: “Continued stability for partnerships across Europe is invaluable at this critical and exciting time for structural biology. International collaboration has always been important for structural biology as we need the collective knowledge and skills of chemists, physicists, computer scientists and biologists to develop the technology, before we can advance the science. Today’s announcements represent a welcome commitment to strengthening infrastructure, research collaborations and enabling the brightest minds to work together across borders.”
    Dr Nathan Richardson, MRC Head of Molecular and Cellular Medicine and Chair of Instruct-ERIC Council, said: “We’re delighted to be able to provide extra support, complementary to other investments, enabling access for even more researchers to cutting-edge technology at a crucial time, allowing them to tackle the biological questions that will help advance human health.”

    For more information about Instruct-ERIC, please visit their website.

  • 2017-07-05

    BBMRI-ERIC announces new Director General

    The BBMRI-ERIC Assembly of Members recently appointed Erik Steinfelder as the new Director General of BBMRI-ERIC. He will begin this position on 1st August 2017, succeeding Professor Jan-Eric Litton.
    For detailed information please visit the BBMRI website.

  • 2017-07-04

    Instruct-ERIC decision adopted

    The European Commission adopted the Instruct-ERIC decision on the 4th July 2017; Instruct is the 17th ERIC to be adopted. The Instruct-ERIC award ceremony takes place July 18, 2017.
    For more information please visit their website.

  • 2017-06-29

    Innovation by Open Access Meeting - presentations online now!

    Co-organised by the CORBEL partners Medical University of Graz and EATRIS-ERIC, this meeting provided useful indications on how Research Infrastructures (RIs) can boost innovation. After short presentations from the RIs, introducing themselves, various speakers from European Commission, Industry and other European organisations explored the theme of Open Innovation with particular emphasis on pre-competitive research collaboration models.
    After a lively panel discussion with representatives from industry, EFPIA and EMA, the main conclusions of this meeting can be summarized as follows:
    - pre-competitive, open access models can be very valuable as instruments for innovation
    - issues such as intellectual property (IP) rights have to be adequately addressed already in the
    - clear rules on IP issues are particularly important to protect for small and medium-sized
      enterprises (SMEs).

    All presentations given at the meeting are online available.

  • 2017-06-26

    Job vacancies at Genomics Coordination Center (GCC, Groningen)

    The GCC, the ambitious ‘big data’ in biomedicine research & service hub of the UMC Groningen, has the following job vacancies:

    - PhD student or postdoc in Data Science in Health Bioinformatics 

    - Data Manager

    - ICT system administrator 

  • 2017-06-23


    In it's last meeting, the CORBEL Executive Board approved that ERINHA and EMPHASIS join the CORBEL consortium.
    With both RIs on board, CORBEL now unites all 13 bio-medical sciences RIs of the ESFRI roadmap.

    The CORBEL consortium is looking forward to fruitful cooperations!




    ERINHA Research infrastructure, currently under preparatory phase, enters into implementation phase from July 2017. Since then, ERINHA will operate under AISBL legal statutes.
    ERINHA has been conceived to reinforce European research capacities in the field of study of highly infectious emerging and re-emerging diseases bringing together European high containment laboratories and complementary facilities. ERINHA aims to provide a coordinated transnational access to its state-of-the-art BSL4 and complementary member research capabilities and expertise to relevant scientists from academia and industry. It will contribute to more efficient national, European and global preparedness to outbreaks and enhance European capacities in the field of pathogenic agents to prevent and respond to the spread of epidemics with high impact on health, economy and society.



    EMPHASIS aims at the development of an integrated European phenotyping infrastructure able to test genotypes in current and future agro-climatic scenarios and provide services such as access to diverse facilities under controlled and field conditions. An integral part of the EMPHASIS strategy is the link of data acquisition to European data management approaches as well as to crop models simulating performance in current and future climatic scenarios. Additionally, EMPHASIS will develop, evaluate and disseminate novel technologies that can be used beyond plant sciences and, provide new opportunities to European stakeholders from academia and industry.

  • 2017-06-06

    Webinar "User Experience Design for more user-friendly applications"

    The next event in the CORBEL webinar series takes place June 27, 2017 at 15:30 CET. Click here for more information and registration!

  • 2017-05-22

    REGISTER NOW: Innovation by Open Access Meeting

    "How European Biological and Medical Sciences Research Infrastructures boost Innovation by Open Access" - this question is addressed during a workshop organised by WP8, taking place June 20, 2017 in Brussels.
    Participation is free of charge, but participants have to register.
    For detailed information about this meeting clicke here.

  • 2017-05-02

    Job vacancy at CORBEL partner EATRIS

    EATRIS-ERIC is hiring a Scientific Director, for more details click here.
    Closing date for receipt of applications: June 9, 2017.

  • 2017-04-10

    Job vacancies at CORBEL partner EMBRC

    EMBRC Portugal (CCMAR) is hiring
    - a funding development officer m/f
    - an infrastructure manager m/f
    - an entrepeneurship officer m/f
    - a scouting and sponsorship officer m/f
    For more details visit the CCMAR website.

  • 2017-04-10

    Job vacancies at CORBEL partner INFRAFRONTIER

    INFRAFRONTIER is currently looking for
    - a database developer m/f
    - a web developer m/f
    - a communication officer (part-time) m/f
    - a quality manager m/f
    For more details visit the INFRAFRONTIER website.

  • 2017-04-10

    Innovation Helpdesk: new guidelines online!

    The CORBEL Innovation Office Helpdesk, intended to assist Research Infrastructures with collaboration with industry and technology transfer, made available a set of new documents:

    - Basic Aspects for Budgeting
    - Compendium on Elements of Collaboration and Licensing Agreements
    - Guidelines for Technology Transfer and Partnering
    - Good Negotiating Practice
    - Features of Intellectual Property
    - Approaches to Life Science Evaluation

    Enjoy reading!

  • 2017-03-20

    EXTENDEND DEADLINE: CORBEL staff exchanges: Call for Hosts 2017

    The CORBEL consortium launched its call for hosts for its staff exchanges program. This program is for operational staff from the Research Infrastructures participating in CORBEL to develop operational expertise in four areas – data management, service provision, innovation and ethics – by making short knowledge-exchange visits to other Research Infrastructures (RIs) that are noted for their excellence in the same area. The staff exchanges form an integral part of CORBEL’s WP9 tasks.
    More information here.

  • 2017-03-07

    Results of the MIUF Survey

    Within WP3 a questionnaire was created to collect the needs and expectations of medical research communities and overall users regarding the services offered by research infrastructures.
    The responses have been collected and analysed and will be used as input to gather recommendations for continuous improvement and development of new, transversal services.

    The full report can be downloaded here.

  • 2017-01-31

    Launch of the Paediatric Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (PedCRIN)

    Towards better medicines for children: PedCRIN project builds research infrastructure  

    The European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN), partner RI of CORBEL,
    has announced the launch of the Paediatric Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (PedCRIN).  
    The three-year project brings together ECRIN and the founding partners of the European Paediatric Clinical Trial Research Infrastructure (EPCT-RI) to develop capacity for the management of multinational paediatric clinical trials.  

    Children represent 20% of the European population and their health is a major societal challenge for Europe and the world, requiring the development of evidence-based paediatric medicines and treatment strategies. Yet, there is a current lack of data specific to neonates, infants and children; over 50% of the medicines used in these groups have not been tested on them specifically, but rather, on adults. This is problematic as neonates/infants/children and adults differ widely in many ways, from their physiology to their metabolic pathways.  

    It is thus important to conduct paediatric trials to increase the knowledge base to develop appropriate, safe and effective health interventions for neonates, infants and children. However, there are various challenges to paediatric studies including dosage and form, recruitment, and many ethical concerns (informed consent, exposure to molecules while still developing, etc.). Therefore, the management of paediatric trials requires the highest level of ethical standards and scientific rigour.
    Through PedCRIN, ECRIN aims to address the above challenges to paediatric trials. This will be achieved by bridging paediatricians and other partners across Europe (and internationally) to combine resources and expertise to conduct and manage robust studies, while minimising risk and protecting the child participants.  
    The three-year PedCRIN project involves five work packages, including project coordination and implementation; definition of the PedCRIN business strategy and governance structure; development of tools specific for paediatric and neonatal trials (trial methodology and (patient-centred) outcome measures, adverse event reporting, bio-sample management, ethical and regulatory database, monitoring, quality and certification); provision of operational support to selected pilot trials, which will be coordinated by ECRIN with the support of national paediatric coordinators hosted by paediatric networks (that currently exist or are being set-up); and communication targeting user communities (including industry partners) and policymakers, and aiming to empower patients and parents.   ‘Through PedCRIN, we hope to develop the necessary tools and capacity to enhance the high quality and ethical standards of multinational paediatric clinical trials. These tools will be tested through the project, refined, and then shared by the European and international scientific community, ensuring that the project gains become sustainable’, said Jacques Demotes, Director General of ECRIN.
    PedCRIN has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme (INFRADEV-3 call) under grant agreement number 731046.  

    Sabrina Gaber, Communications Officer, ECRIN; +33 1 80 05 86 23
    Begonya Nafria, Patient Advocacy Manager; + 34 93 600 97 67 ext. 2765
    Joana Claverol Torres, Clinical Research Unit Manager; + 34 93 600 97 33 ext. 70035

  • 2017-01-23

    INFRAFRONTIER Open Call open!

    INFRAFRONTIER opened their call on Model development and systemic phenotyping

    Main objective of the INFRAFRONTIER open call is to facilitate access for the wider biomedical research community to the unique infrastructure and scientific expertise of the participating mouse clinics. Mouse mutant lines can be tested through a broad based primary phenotyping pipeline in all the major adult organ systems and most areas of major human disease. Access will be granted on the basis of scientific excellence and supports the development and in depth characterisation of new mouse models for investigating gene function and human pathophysiology. INFRAFRONTIER will provide open access to all newly developed disease models and phenotyping data.

    Deadline for submission of propsoals: 15 February 2017

    For more information click here.

  • 2017-01-23

    RItrain: Calls for Applications for Staff Exchange

    The purpose of RItrain Staff Exchanges is for managerial staff from European Research Infrastructures to learn from managerial and leadership best practices in areas that are new to them, or that they feel their research infrastructure needs to develop specific expertise in, by making exchange visits to research infrastructures that are noted for their excellence in selected areas.

    Update: Please note that the deadline for submission of applications to the “Stakeholder Management and Community Building” module was extended to January 31, 2017!

  • 2017-01-23

    2nd ENVRIplus call for proposals for multi-disciplinary access to Environmental Research Infrastructures open!

    ENVRIplus (Environmental Research Infrastructures providing shared solutions for Science and Society) is a European Horizon 2020 project bringing together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, projects and networks together with technical specialist partners to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable cluster of Environmental Research Infrastructures across Europe.

    ENVRIplus offers opportunities for interdisciplinary research via free-of-charge, hands-on access to the following European research facilities involved in cross-cutting areas covering the atmospheric, biosphere, marine, and solid earth domain:

    • SMEAR II – Hyytiälä (Finland)
    • OSUR – La Réunion (France)
    • ETNA INGV – Catania (Italy)
    • SOERE-ACBB – Lusignan (France)

    Deadline for submission of applications is February 24, 2017.

    For more information please visit the ENVRIplus website.

  • 2017-01-19

    CORBEL Innovation Office @ BioFIT conference

    On 01 December 2016, Kees de Ruig (EATRIS and CORBEL’s Innovation Office) was part of a panel discussion at the BioFIT conference in Lille with the titel “How can deal-making process be accelerated by standardised contracts and conditions?” Other panelists were Lorraine Sautter (Inserm) and Paul Hermant (Bird & Bird) and the session was chaired by Nicolas Carboni (Conectus).

    From the session it was clear that many Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) struggle with contracting with external parties. It is not always easy to negotiate terms and conditions, and in order to ensure consistency as well as to improve quality and reduce timelines, the use of templates is highly recommended. Especially in case multiple projects are conducted with different partners in consortia, the use of a Master Research Collaboration Agreement is very instrumental.
    The good news is that TTO’s don’t need to reinvent the wheel; many resources are available including the Lambert template agreements. Additionally, the Innovation Office of CORBEL provides templates and guidance, as well as ad hoc consultancy. The innovation office can be reached at innovation [at]; more information can be found on the website.

  • 2017-01-03

    Vacancy Note: BBMRI-ERIC Director General

    Job vacancy at BBMRI-ERIC: the research infrastructure offers the position of the Director General, starting August 1, 2017. Place of work is the Central Executive Management Office in Graz, Austria.

    Closing date for receipt of applications: 17:00 CET, 17 February 2017.

    For more details click here.

  • 2016-12-05

    CORBEL Open Call closed

    The 1st CORBEL Open Call is closed.

    Thank you for the great interest!


    Submitted proposals will be evaluated now and applicants will be contacted directly by the Open Call management team.

  • 2016-10-05

    Launch of the CORBEL Open Call

    On 5 October CORBEL launched its 1st 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 80 service providers.

    Project application can be submitted until 30 November.

    For more information visit the Open Call webpages.

  • 2016-07-04

    CORBEL survey on user needs - STILL OPEN

    RIs play a pivotal role in the advancement of knowledge and technology, and represent a powerful instrument to promote, facilitate and enhance regional, national and transnational collaboration through shared access to facilities. Close collaboration with medical research communities is needed to ensure appropriate development of tools and services, and to ensure that researchers across Europe have open access to these resources, facilities, services and data.

    Through this questionnaire, the BMS RIs aim to capture the needs of research communities, in order to foster collaboration with research infrastructures across Europe and to develop specific or common services. As a potential RI user, your input in this questionnaire is extremely helpful.

    Please note that the survey (click HERE to access) will be closed on Monday, July 25, 2016.

  • 2016-06-20

    CORBEL partner Euro-BioImaging starting Interim Operation

    Euro-BioImaging (EuBI) is the European research infrastructure for biological and medical imaging. Recently, EuBI started its Interim Operation, i.e. its services are now open for researchers across Europe.

    European life science researchers now have the possibility to use state-of-the-art imaging technologies, which they do not find at their home institutions or among their collaboration partners.

    For more information please visit the Euro-BioImaging website.

  • 2016-06-02

    CORBEL survey on ELSI support

    Where do you get support with ELSI questions around data and biosamples?

    This questionnaire aims to assess if the tools and platforms you use in relation to your ethical, legal and societal issues are informative for your daily work and which questions are yet to be answered.


    To offer the right service, we need your insight, please take the effort and respond by June 26, 2016. The survey can be accessed here.

  • 2016-04-25

    Europe Biobank Week

    CORBEL partner BBMRI-ERIC, together with ESBB (the European, Middle Eastern & African Society for Biopreservation & Biobanking), organises the first Europe Biobank Week taking place September 13-16, 2016 in Vienna (Austria).
    The Europe Biobank Week is the new platform for a strong debate and collaboration on activities related to biobanking and biopreservation of samples and data for R&D. The focus of this first Biobank Week is on "Biobanking for Health Innovation".

    More information about the Europe Biobank Week can be obtained from its website.

  • 2016-04-14

    Launch of the CORBEL Innovation Office

    Today we are pleased to announce the launch of the CORBEL Innovation Office, intended to provide advice and assistance to streamline research collaboration among Europe’s BioMedical Research Infrastructures (RIs) and the industry.

    The CORBEL Innovation Office aims to increase the utilization of research data and resources through enhanced collaboration and reduced length of matching and negotiation processes.

    At the CORBEL Innovation Office, a team of experienced business developers and legal experts will be available to answer questions and give advice to CORBEL RIs on data sharing, partnering and deal making, with a special focus on public-private partnerships.

    In addition, the Help Desk will share best practices from the RIs and make available online guidelines and template agreements for frequently occurring situations within public-private collaborations.

    The service will soon evolve to include novel collaboration models such as Open Innovation and Expert Centres for sharing data and resources in the pre-competitive phase.

    The Innovation Office team will work closely with related CORBEL work packages in the fields of joint user access (WP5), regulatory and ethical aspects (WP7) and education and training (WP9).

  • 2016-03-10

    Launch of ESFRI Roadmap 2016

    On March 10, 2016, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) presented the 2016 ESFRI Roadmap on Research Infrastructures during a one-day conference in Amsterdam.

    All eleven research infrastructures participating in CORBEL are placed on the roadmap: BBMRI, EATRIS, ECRIN, ELIXIR, INFRAFRONTIER and INSTRUCT are labelled as ESFRI landmarks while EMBRC, EU-OPENSCREEN, Euro-BioImaging, ISBE and MIRRI listed as ESFRI projects on their way to full operability.

  • 2016-03-08

    4th ERIC Networking Meeting

    The 4th ERIC Networking Meeting is co-organised by EATRIS-ERIC and takes place March 8-9, 2016 in Amsterdam.

    For details please visit the EATRIS website.

  • 2016-01-22

    Input requested: survey about training needs

    The EU project RItrain launched a survey addressing training needs in management and leadership of research infrastructures (open until February 9, 2016). The survey can be accessed at surveymonkey.

    The results of this survey will be used to shape a training programme that is tailored to these needs. The start of this process will be a back-to-back series of workshops on February 16–18, 2016, organized by CORBEL and RItrain.

    For detailed information about the workshops please visit the RItrain website.

  • 2015-11-20

    CORBEL Kick-Off Meeting

    On November 19, 2015 the official CORBEL Kick-Off Meeting took place, hosted by ELIXIR at the Wellcome Trust Centre in Hinxton (UK).

    CORBEL brings together 11 ESFRI BMS biological and medical research infrastructures with the objective to establish common approaches across these infrastructures for user access, data management, ELSI (ethical, legal and societal implications) and innovation.

    A significant proportion of the project is dedicated to support advanced user projects that cover the full range of biomedical research – from the fundamental understanding of molecular mechanisms to the outcome from clinical trials. By supporting several pilot projects from different user communities that need access to more than one infrastructure, CORBEL will map and address bottlenecks in the accessing and combining research infrastructure services. The envisaged framework of shared services will overcome these bottlenecks and foster research and development in the life-sciences.

    For 2016, a priority will be to link CORBEL’s data management efforts with other standardisation efforts globally. A second priority will be to bring together ELSI approaches across research infrastructures. Furthermore, several pilot projects will be identified and initiated.

    More general information about CORBEL as well as details on the planned pilot projects can be obtained from this newly launched website or by following the CORBEL Twitter account (@CORBEL_eu; #lifescienceservices).

  • 2015-09-01

    CORBEL Project start

    Today the CORBEL cluster projects starts!

    The main objective of the project is to establish a collaborative and sustainable framework of shared services between the ESFRI BioMedical Sciences research infrastructures (BMS RI).

    Stay tuned for updates!

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