EU Projects

ELIXIR participates in several EU-funded projects to drive the delivery of various bioinformatics services to the scientific community. The EU projects enable ELIXIR to collaborate with other key European and global initiatives and ESFRI Research Infrastructures and e-Infrastructures.

Current projects

B1MG (2020-2023)

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The Beyond 1 Million Genomes (B1MG) consortium will provide coordination and support to the 1+ Million Genomes initiative (1+MG), which is based upon the commitment of 21 European Member States and Norway that have signed the Declaration ‘Towards access to at least 1 million sequenced genomes in the EU by 2022’.
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CINECA (Common Infrastructure for National Cohorts in Europe, Canada, and Africa) aims to deliver a transcontinental infrastructure for data discovery and sharing of human genetic and phenotypic data for research and healthcare. Key project challenges include developing standardised methods and portals for federated search and discovery, an authentication and authorisation infrastructure, and harmonised metadata. A trans-national ELSI framework that enables data-sharing, and which adheres to national and European regulations, is a crucial component of the project.
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ELIXIR-CONVERGE ELIXIR-CONVERGE will drive good data management, reproducibility and reuse across the ELIXIR Nodes. With partners from all 23 Nodes, ELIXIR-CONVERGE will start the work of creating a European data federation where interconnected national operations allow users to extract large, diverse datasets across national boundaries.
More information: ELIXIR-CONVERGE pages

CORBEL (2015-2020)


CORBEL (Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-science Services) aims to establish and support new models for biological and medical research in Europe, by harmonising user access to resources, unifying data management and creating common ethical and legal services. It is a €14.5 million project, bringing together major biomedical Research Infrastructures and coordinated by the ELIXIR Hub.
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EOSC Enhance (2019-2021)

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EOSC Enhance aims to improve and enhance the discoverability of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) services and resources. It will develop and augment the EOSC catalogue, and enrich the EOSC data offering by connecting the thematic clusters and clouds currently in development.
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EOSC-Life (2019-2023)

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The EOSC-Life project aims to create an open collaborative digital space for life science in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The 13 research infrastructures involved in the project will publish data from facilities and data resources in the EOSC. They will link these resources to open and reusable Tools and Workflows accessible to users via Europe’s national and international life-science clouds. EOSC-Life also aims to connect users across Europe to a single login authentication system and develop the policies needed to preserve and deepen the trust given by research participants and patients volunteering their data and samples.
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FAIRplus (2019-2022)

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The FAIRplus project aims to develop tools and guidelines for making life science data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). The project has 22 partners from academia and industry, and runs from January 2019 to June 2022.
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The European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (2019-2023)

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The European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) brings over 130 institutions from 35 countries to create a comprehensive, sustainable ecosystem to support effective use of Rare Disease (RD) data and resources. The project will maximize the potential of already funded tools and programmes by scaling them up, linking, and adapting them to the specific needs of RD researchers. It will also develop a model of financial support for RD research coupled with accelerated translation of research results into clinical practice.

Together with three other biomedical research infrastructures (BBMRI, ECRIN and EATRIS), ELIXIR plays a crucial role of providing research infrastructure services and resources for efficient deposition, discoverability, access, and advanced use of RD data, samples, patients and tools. In particular, ELIXIR will work within Pillar 2 (Innovative Coordinated Access to Data and Services) in Work Package 10 (User-driven strategic planning and transversal activities for data ecosystem), Work Package 11 (Virtual platform for data and resources) and Work Package 12 (Enabling Sustainable FAIRness and Federation at the Record Level for RD Data, Patients and Samples).
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EU-STANDS4PM (2019-2021)


EU-STANDS4PM will initiate an EU-wide mapping process to assess and evaluate strategies for data-driven in silico modelling approaches. A central goal is to develop harmonised transnational standards, recommendations and guidelines that allow a broad application of predictive in silico methodologies in personalised medicine across Europe.
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RI Impact Pathways (2018-2020)

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RI Impact Pathways is an €1.5 million project which aims to develop a model to describe the socio-economic impact of research infrastructures and their related financial investments. The model is intended to be applicable to research infrastructures across all domains and will be tested on ELIXIR, Cern, Alba and Desy.
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eTRANSAFE (2017-2022)


The eTRANSAFE project aims to “Enhance TRANslational SAFEty” assessment through integrative knowledge management of the drug discovery process. A consortium of 26 organisations funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), eTRANSAFE will work towards the establishment of overarching policies and guidelines for data sharing, secondary use of human safety data and use of pooled data and models in drug safety assessment. 

ELIXIR will be leading two main tasks: (1) creating a policy framework that allows industry and other organisations to share drug safety data and adhere to consistent guidelines for predictive toxicology models, and (2) data interoperability and integration.
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Past projects

The projects are listed alphabetically.

BioMedBridges (2012-2015)

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BioMedBridges (Building data bridges between biological and medical infrastructures in Europe) was a joint effort of twelve biomedical sciences research infrastructures on the ESFRI roadmap. The project developed a shared e-infrastructure — the technical bridges — to allow data integration in the biological, medical, translational and clinical domains and thus strengthen biomedical resources in Europe. It was coordinated by the Eurpean Bioinformatics Institute (EBI).
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EMBRIC ( 2015-2019)


Funded with €9 million by the HORIZON 2020 programme, EMBRIC (European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster)  connects marine biotechnology research infrastructures that focus on science, industry and regional growth. The project is coordinated by the ESFRI Research Infrastructure EMBRC - European Marine Biological Resource Centre.
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EMTRAIN (2009-2016)


EMTRAIN (European Medicines Research Training Network) establishes a sustainable, pan-European platform for education and training, from basic science through clinical development to drug safety. The public consortium consists of six pan-European biomedical research infrastructures from the ESFRI roadmap, covering a broad spectrum of competencies from molecules to humans and with a pan-European dimension.
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ENVRIPlus (2015-2019)

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ENVRIplus is a Horizon 2020 project bringing together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable cluster of Environmental Research Infrastructures across Europe. ELIXIR is involved in Theme 2 Data for science, which focuses on the interoperability of data among the Research Infrastructures, data identification and citation services, data processing and curation.
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EOSCpilot (2017-2019)

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The European Open Science Cloud for Research pilot project (EOSCpilot) is supporting the first phase in the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) as described in the European Commission Communication on European Cloud Initiatives. It is a consortium of 33 pan-European organisations & 15 third parties with the objective of reducing fragmentation and improving interoperability between European data infrastructures. ELIXIR is a partner in the Data Interoperability Work Package and in the Governance Work Package.
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EXCELERATE (2015-2019)


EXCELERATE is a €19 million HORIZON 2020 project to help ELIXIR coordinate and extend national and international data resources and ensure the delivery of world-leading life-science data services. It supports a pan-European training programme, anchored in national infrastructures, to increase bioinformatics capacity and competency. Coordinated by the ELIXIR Hub, it involves 47 partners from 17 countries.
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