EXCELERATE funding (2015-2019) will help ELIXIR coordinate and extend national and international data resources to ensure the delivery of world-leading life-science data services. It will support a pan-European training programme, anchored in national infrastructures, to increase bioinformatics capacity and competency. It will also provide efficiencies in management and operation throughout the infrastructure, which is distributed amongst 17 countries.

The tasks in EXCELERATE are divided into Work Packages (WPs).

Dedicated use cases defined in close partnership with diverse research communities, will help ELIXIR grow in keeping with the needs of scientists working on rare diseases, biomedical and human genomics, marine and plant sciences and other specialized areas (WPs 6 - 9 above). This will ensure that ELIXIR’s services for data, tools, interoperability, compute, training and industry support are rooted in user needs, and can deliver benefits to existing and future research projects.

ELIXIR was invited to apply to a dedicated call within Horizon 2020 following the ESFRI and European Council decision in 2014 to categorize ELIXIR as one of Europe’s three priority new Research Infrastructures. ELIXIR-EXCELERATE represents ELIXIR’s submission to this Call.

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EXCELERATE consortium partners


  • Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB)

Czech Republic

  • Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Masaryk University


  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
  • Aarhus University (AU)
  • University of Southern Denmark (SDU)


  • Tartu University


  • CNRS
  • INRA
  • Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)
  • Institute Pasteur


  • CSC-IT Center for Science Ltd


  • Biomedical Science Research Center "Alexander Fleming"
  • Athena RIC


  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem  


  • CNR

The Netherlands

  • Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre


  • Gulbenkian Foundation
  • INESC ID Lisbon
  • Instituto de Biologia Experiment al e Tecnologica (iBET)
  • Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR)


  • Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO)
  • Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
  • Centro de Investigacion Principe Felipe
  • Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)
  • University of Malaga
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center
  • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
  • Pompeu Fabra University
  • Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG)
  • Fundacio Institut mar d’Investigacions Mediques (IMIM)


  • University of Bergen
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • University of Tromso
  • University of Oslo


  • University of Ljubljana
  • National institute of Biology


  • Linköping University


  • SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

United Kingdom

  • University of Oxford
  • Earlham Institute
  • University of Manchester


  • The European Molecular Biology Laboratory European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)

ELIXIR-EXCELERATE is funded by the European Commission within the Research Infrastructures programme of Horizon 2020, grant agreement number 676559.