Impact

Explore examples of ELIXIR's impact through this selection. Please suggest additional examples to corinne.martin [at] elixir-europe.org.

We often explain and communicate the impact of work funded by, and through, ELIXIR using categories (or areas) of impact. Use the below accordion menus to learn about these categories and also to search our collection of examples.

If you are part of ELIXIR, you can access numerous resources related to performance and impact evaluation through the Impact Focus Group.

Discover ELIXIR's impact categories

Literally any activity done under the umbrella of ELIXIR can be attached to one or more of these impact categories:

  • Benefits of working together: (also known as relationship capital), we facilitate knowledge-sharing and cooperation.
  • Bioinformatics resource uptake: we work to increase their usage and appreciation by users.
  • Equal opportunity: we raise awareness of diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Policy influence: we ensure that policy-makers are aware of the benefits of Open (FAIR) Science.
  • Public awareness: we raise the public's awareness of bioinformatics and open science, including their socio-economic benefits.
  • Research dissemination: our scientific legacy ensures increased awareness of developments related to research infrastructure and their resources.
  • Research efficiency: we make infrastructure, resources and processes faster, easier to use, and more integrated.
  • Research infrastructure sustainability: we work to increase its visibility and appreciation by funders.
  • Skills development: (also known as human capital), we foster better skills for users and service providers.

Visual versions of the above definitions are freely available for use in presentations, reports and any other media, and can be cited as Martin et al. (2021).

Search the examples of impact

This international and multidisciplinary project aims to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of pandemic response to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. It will do so by working to make COVID-19 data more easily findable and useable by researchers, in line with the open science principle.
(News, 13 October 2021)
Impact category: Bioinformatics resource uptake, Policy influence, Research dissemination, Research efficiency
An excellent example of the value of knowledge-exchange, in this case enabled by a Collaboration Strategy between two sibling research infrastructures (ELIXIR and the Australian BioCommons). The impact of being able to draw on the experience of international peers is demonstrated by the launch of a new training events and materials portal for Australasia based on ELIXIR’s TeSS.
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development
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This ELIXIR UK resource has received a hidden REF award, as part of a national ‘competition’, supported by publishers and learned societies. This competition is designed to celebrate and recognise the range of important research achievements that may not fit neatly into traditional research impact metrics.
Impact category: Policy influence, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability
Packed full of testimonies from private-sector users of open bioinformatics resources, along with quantitative evidence of the usefulness of these resources to support innovation beyond academia. This report contributes to the growing body of evidence of the public value of national investments in bioinformatics resources and the underlying research infrastructures.
(News, 29 July 2021)
Impact category: Bioinformatics resource uptake, Policy influence, Research dissemination, Research efficiency
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This page provides selected examples of what ELIXIR is doing to help manage the huge increase in life science data, deal with the increasing complexity of data, make it easier to find the right tools and training, build a more robust bioinformatics infrastructure, and drive innovation and industry usage.
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development
ELIXIR contributed seed funding and coordination, which helped Bioschemas on its successful journey towards recognition by prestigious members of the international Schema.org community.
(News, 8 July 2021)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency
ELIXIR News - ELIXIR Publishes its 2020 Annual Report
This Annual Report contains evidence of ELIXIR's value against all its impact areas.
(News, 6 May 2021)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Equal opportunities, Policy influence, Public awareness, Research dissemination, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development
These ELIXIR-funded projects aim to make ELIXIR's bioinformatics services more relevant to their users, as well as further increasing the integration of services across the pan-European research infrastructure.
(News, 25 June 2021)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability
The annual ELIXIR All Hands Meeting helps raise awareness of latest developments in the pan-European infrastructure. Participation of selected external guests helps bring new perspectives and enrich discussions.
(News, 18 June 2021)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Research dissemination
ELIXIR-CONVERGE releases the RDMkit to make research data management easy
This research data management kit guides its users so that their data practices are better aligned with the open science principles, in support of increased research efficiency.
(News, 30 March 2021)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Policy influence, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development
The ELIXIR SME and Innovation events aim to increase awareness and appreciation of public bioinformatics resources by private sector users (industry), along with promoting a better two-way cross-sectoral understanding.
(News, 22 March 2021)
Impact category: Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency
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These resources help increase the interoperability of databases and metadata, in line with the open science principles and in support of increased research efficiency.
(News, 15 February 2021)
Impact category: Policy influence, Research infrastructure sustainability
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These Core Data Resources play a critical role in the long-term preservation of life science data, in line with the open science principles and in support of increased research efficiency.
(News, 24 December 2020)
Impact category: Policy influence, Research infrastructure sustainability
ELIXIR is implementing technical solutions that make it easier for researchers to access the data they need for developing new therapies, together with ensuring safeguarding of sensitive datasets and the respect national-level regulations and laws.
(News, 1 December 2020)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Research efficiency
ELIXIR news banner | First virtual BioHackathon Europe a success
By bringing together participants with a range of expertise, the Biohackathon Europe events accelerate progress towards outcomes for hacking projects that are collaboratively worked on, along with fostering professional and personal outcomes.
(News, 1 March 2021)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency, Skills development
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Responding to needs on the ground, ELIXIR developed a technical solution to make it easier for data producers to upload their datasets to an international public-funded database, in line with the open science principles and in support of increased research efficiency.
(News, 16 November 2020)
Impact category: Research efficiency
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This podcast series focuses on the rapid growth of the bioinformatics industry and the crucial role played by open data and open science more generally.
(News, 21 October 2020)
Impact category: Policy influence
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ELIXIR is implementing technical solutions that make it easier for researchers to access the data they need, together with ensuring safeguarding of sensitive datasets and the respect national-level regulations and laws.
(News, 30 September 2020)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Research efficiency
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The role played by research infrastructures in providing essential services in support of COVID-19 research is increasingly recognised.
(News, 25 September 2020)
Impact category: Public awareness
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ELIXIR is implementing technical solutions that make it easier for researchers to access the data they need, together with ensuring safeguarding of sensitive datasets and the respect national-level regulations and laws.
(News, 7 September 2020)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Research efficiency
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ELIXIR works with partners in the private sector to help them make their datasets Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable from the onset, hence increasing research efficiency.
(News, 31 July 2020)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Research efficiency
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ELIXIR in numbers, including selected bioinformatics resources.
Impact category: Bioinformatics resource uptake, Policy influence, Research dissemination, Skills development
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A real-life example of a key impact area of ELIXIR: relationship capital or... the benefits of working together
(News, 25 June 2020)
Impact category: Benefits of working together
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This memorandum of understanding aims to facilitate collaboration, knowledge-exchange between these two sister research infrastructures, and the co-design of best practices in support of open science.
(News, 4 June 2020)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Research efficiency
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By developing guidance to implement personalised medicine, this project will contribute to the development of more efficient national health systems, faster and more accurate diagnosis, as well as better health and quality of life.
(News, 4 June 2020)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Policy influence, Public awareness, Research efficiency
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ELIXIR has collaboratively developed a set recommendations to make training material findable, (re)usable and adaptable, thereby contributing to equipping users of biological resources with the skills they need to practice Open Science.
(News, 21 May 2020)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Research dissemination, Skills development
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Countries tackling the COVID-19 pandemic were able to capitalise on existing public-funded research infrastructures and services in the biological domain, thereby increasing the speed and effectiveness of their response efforts.
(News, 24 March 2020)
Impact category: Policy influence, Research efficiency
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Progress towards outcomes of economic and societal benefits can be significantly slowed down by scientific practices that do not follow the Open Science principles.
(News, 27 February 2020)
Impact category: Policy influence, Research dissemination
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This EU funded project involves all ELIXIR member countries and aims to support the provision of data management across Europe, so that data practices are better aligned with the open science principles and hence foster increased research efficiency.
(News, 31 January 2020)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development
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ELIXIR Platforms are technical domains of implementation with regards to bioinformatics services, and their leadership plays a key role in collaboratively driving developments in these domains
(News, 12 December 2019)
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