More examples of ELIXIR's impact

We often explain and communicate the impact of work funded by, and through, ELIXIR using impact areas i.e. impact categories.

Discover ELIXIR's impact categories

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

  • Research efficiency

    We make infrastructure, bioinformatics resources and processes faster, easier to use, and more integrated

  • Scientific legacy

    We create and disseminate new knowledge on research infrastructure, bioinformatics resources and related guidelines.

  • Benefits derived from working together

    We facilitate knowledge-sharing and cooperation

  • Public awareness

    We raise awareness of socio-economic and societal benefits of bioinformatics and Open Science

  • Policy influence

    We shape policy in the area of Open Science

  • Equal opportunity

    We raise awareness of diversity and inclusiveness

  • Skills development

    We upskill resource users and service providers

  • Research infrastructure sustainability

    We work to increase ELIXIR’s visibility with, and appreciation by, its funders

  • Bioinformatics resource uptake

    We work to increase resource usage and appreciation by users

Slides and icons are freely available for further use, and can be cited as Figure 1 in Martin et al. (2021). Martin et al. (2021) also provided (as Supporting Information) an initial list of indicators for monitoring the performance and impact of ELIXIR: an updated version is available.

If you are part of ELIXIR, you can access numerous resources related to performance and impact evaluation through the Documents area of the Impact Group (requires login).

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SWISS-MODEL and ModelArchive selected as ELIXIR Core Data Resource and ELIXIR Deposition Database

Two resources of ELIXIR's Swiss Node, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics SIB have been recognised as crucial to the international life science community. SWISS-MODEL and ModelArchive developed at SIB are integral to structural biology and essential in life science research.

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Public awareness, Research dissemination, Research efficiency

SwissDrugDesign: 10,000 Citations Milestone

ELIXIR Swiss Node, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics SIB resource SwissDrugDesign has accumulated over 10,000 citations, marking a significant milestone. This achievement highlights its profound impact on the scientific community, driving collaborative efforts and revolutionising drug design methodologies.

Impact areas: Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research dissemination, Research efficiency

ELIXIR excels in research infrastructure monitoring exercise

ELIXIR's recognition in the ESFRI monitoring exercise affirms its prestigious standing in the European Research Area, with the 50-page submission highlighting scientific excellence, global impact, robust leadership, and adaptability to emerging trends, including the success of Core Data Resources and an 'excellent' training program (News, 5 January 2024)

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Equal opportunities, Policy influence, Public awareness, Research dissemination, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability

Curated collection of impact-related materials and events on ELIXIR’s training resources platform (TeSS)

This Collection provides access to a range of impact-related materials and events that will be useful to those wishing to demonstrate and communicate the performance, impact, and ultimately public value of their research infrastructure

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Equal opportunities, Policy influence, Public awareness, Research dissemination, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development

New toolkit for impact evaluation in research infrastructures

ELIXIR has released a comprehensive Impact Toolkit, offering valuable insights into impact evaluation in the context of research infrastructures. This resource compiles diverse materials such as training modules, examples, factsheets, indicator lists, key publications, case studies, and presentations. Additionally, an Annotated Bibliography has been published, providing an overview of published materials on the subject of impact assessment. (News, 6 October 2023)

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Equal opportunities, Policy influence, Public awareness, Research dissemination, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development

Impact of ELIXIR Italy

ELIXIR Italy tracks its scientific impact using text-mining and presents related metrics on this dynamic dashboard

Impact areas: Research dissemination

Our impact in five benefits for society 

SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is ELIXIR's Swiss Node. Their impact page presents concrete examples of how the life science infrastructure and data science expertise at the institute contribute to a better world and a stronger Switzerland

Impact areas: Bioinformatics resource uptake, Public awareness

ELIXIR’s role in shaping policy

This overview summarises ELIXIR's efforts to shape policy in the area of research infrastructures and open science. In 2022, ELIXIR's publications were cited extensively in policy documents, showcasing its tangible impact on national, European, and global policies. (News, 10 July 2023)

Impact areas: Policy influence, Research infrastructure sustainability

Taking stock – the ELIXIR innovation and industry programme

Covering a decade of ELIXIR's Industry programme (2013-2023), this overview explores its impact on research and innovation as enabled by open science. Highlighting industry events, collaborative projects, and engagements with ELIXIR Communities, it also describes socio-economic impact through an indicator highlighting the use of ELIXIR resources by those filing patent applications. (News, 14 April 2023)

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Equal opportunities, Public awareness, Research dissemination, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability

GBIF staff join the FAIRsharing Community Champions Programme

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility, GBIF, has joined ELIXIR's FAIRsharing Community Champions Programme, as a result of their collaboration on the EU-funded BiCIKL project

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability

Highlights of ELIXIR-supported publications in 2022

ELIXIR funded 145 scientific papers in 2022, spanning genomics, applied research, and plant science. Notable contributions include studies on diabetes, leukaemia detection, and hop plant properties. The paper "Introducing the FAIR Principles for research software" gained early scholarly impact. (News, 16 March 2023)

Impact areas: Research dissemination, Research efficiency

Building European capacity in single-cell omics

This ELIXIR-funded staff exchange allowed bioinformaticians to network and develop skills. The six-month initiative established a network among Czech university researchers specialising in single-cell experiments for understanding cancer, with knowledge dissemination through the ELIXIR Single-Cell Omics Community. (News, 3 March 2023)

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Equal opportunities, Skills development

How open bioinformatics resources foster innovation in industry; a short interview

PathOS aims to identify how impact pathways of open science develop, as well as recommendations for policy interventions to enable further impacts. ELIXIR takes part through a case study focused on industry use of its resources

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Policy influence, Public awareness, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development

Measuring the impact of ELIXIR’s training

The ELIXIR Training online database is a valuable resource that allows to access information on the quality of events, the attendees, along with overall ELIXIR’s scale of training activities accross its Nodes as well as longer-term impact of the courses. (News, 30 January 2023)

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Skills development

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The road to success: drawing parallels between 'road' and 'research data' infrastructures

This policy brief takes an ‘out-of the box’ approach to explaining what research infrastructures are and do by drawing parallels between the two classes of infrastructure.

Impact areas: Policy influence, Research infrastructure sustainability

Global biodata coalition announces the first set of global core biodata resources

No less than 12 ELIXIR Core Data Resources have been awarded this status: BRENDA, ChEBI, ChEMBL, Ensembl, Europe PMC, ENA, InterPro, Orphadata Science, Reactome, Rhea, STRING, UniProt

Impact areas: Policy influence, Research infrastructure sustainability

Providing safe access to sensitive human data across borders: Federated EGA becomes a reality

ELIXIR has enabled the development of a technological solution for the safe cross-border access to sensitive human data. (News, 21 September 2022)

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Research efficiency

Building capacity in impact evaluation at ELIXIR

A good summary of the work undertaken as part of ELIXIR's impact portfolio between 2018 and 2022 (News, 18 August 2022)

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Equal opportunities, Policy influence, Public awareness, Research dissemination, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development

EMBL-EBI Impact report 2021

This report estimates the impact and value of EMBL-EBI managed data resources. It provides a rich update to the 2015 seminal report by the same specialised consultancy, Charles Beagrie

Impact areas: Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency

The story of the Data Stewardship Wizard

The birth and impact of a key ELIXIR resource supporting data management, FAIR and Open Science more broadly. An inspiring story of two ELIXIR Nodes (Czech Republic and the Netherlands) who worked together over the years

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Research efficiency

ELIXIR community meets in Amsterdam for All Hands 2022

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. It was fantastic to finally meet in person again! (News, 17 June 2022)

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Research dissemination

Querying human genomic data becomes more powerful with the release of Beacon V2

A technical solution for researchers to query sensitive human data from across country boundaries, without compromising privacy. This enriched version allows a more rapid identification of specific sequences across multiple datasets, avoiding unnecessary access requests. Also a great example of ELIXIR's long-standing collaboration with the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (News, 25 May 2022)

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Research efficiency

European Commission report on FAIR data highlights ELIXIR

A great example of how ELIXIR partners mobilise themselves to influence policy - the resulting report mentions numerous ELIXIR resources and projects (News, 13 May 2022)

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Policy influence

ELIXIR AAI migrates to Life Science Login

The precursor of the Life Science Login was the ELIXIR Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (ELIXIR AAI), a flagship ELIXIR resource, which has received significant investment from its member countries. The Life Science login is now integrated with services provided by 12 other life science research infrastructures, and still operated by ELIXIR (News, 4 April 2022)

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Research efficiency

ELIXIR staff exchange between the German and Italian ELIXIR Nodes

A good example of a successful use of ELIXIR core funding to brings opportunities for our ELIXIR bioinformaticians to connect, share knowledge and get experience and training beyond their home institutes

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Equal opportunities, Skills development

29 new projects funded by ELIXIR

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, 1 February 2022)

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability

Research Infrastructure’s impact assessment shouldn’t be a lonely journey

ELIXIR started its collaboration with EFIS (European Future Innovation System Centre) during the EU-funded RI-PATHs project as part of a case study. EFIS has continued to support ELIXIR's impact portfolio through the provision of specialist training and mentoring of partners in ELIXIR Nodes

Impact areas: Benefits of working together, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development

BY-COVID: A new EU project coordinated by ELIXIR

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 areas: Bioinformatics resource uptake, Policy influence, Research dissemination, Research efficiency

Collaboration creates a new national registry of training events, materials and trainers

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 areas: Benefits of working together, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development

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Hidden REF award to Guide to Pharmacology

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 areas: Policy influence, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability

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