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

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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, 6 December 2019)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency, Skills development
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This ELIXIR-funded project aims to unlock ‘cloud-native’ potential for Big Data in computational biology, enabling researchers developing tools and workflows to "think cloud” from the onset, moving away from lesser performing traditional approaches.
(News, 8 November 2019)
Impact category: Research efficiency
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This Technopolis Group study used surveys and interviews to compile quantitative and qualitative data for calculating a variety of economic values related to Europe PMC, a scientific literature resource maintained and curated by EMBL-EBI.
Impact category: Research efficiency
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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, 31 May 2019)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability
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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, 2 May 2019)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Research efficiency
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This research publication presents solid evidence on how extensively these Core Data Resources are used by bioinformaticians and life scientists globally. Together, they represent an infrastructure that makes everyday research more efficient and hence cost-effective for those who fund it.
(News, 24 April 2019)
Impact category: Policy influence, 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 January 2019)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Research efficiency
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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, 16 July 2018)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Research efficiency
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ELIXIR works to make Open Science a reality by equipping users of biological resources with the necessary data science skills, within and beyond Europe.
(News, 8 October 2018)
Impact category: Skills development
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Open biological databases are behind the mere existence of a number Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), thereby creating employment and tax revenues for the areas where they are based.
(News, 22 March 2018)
Impact category: Policy influence
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This publication demonstrates how ELIXIR Finland, operated by CSC – IT Center for Science, supports life science research, biotechnological innovation and its translation into the knowledge economy. The publication features 19 user case stories, presenting the full breadth of infrastructure services offered by ELIXIR Finland.
Impact category: Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency, Skills development
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With Open Science as its founding principle, ELIXIR provides the tools, skills, knowledge and infrastructure that are required for effective data management, as a driver of research efficiency.
(News, 7 September 2017)
Impact category: Policy influence, Research efficiency
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These 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 July 2017)
Impact category: Policy influence, Research infrastructure sustainability
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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, 3 January 2017)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Research efficiency
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The extensive reuse of data from bioinformatics resources in research articles and patents is used to demonstrate long-term value of biological data in life science research and biotechnology industry. Two of ELIXIR's services, the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) and the Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe), are among the repositories examined.
(News, 14 April 2016)
Impact category: Research efficiency
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This EU funded project was instrumental in building ELIXIR as a pan-European research infrastructure for life science data. Due to the breadth of activities undertaken, the impacts are broad-ranging, yet increased research efficiency is likely to be the major contribution made by the project.
(News, 8 May 2015)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Policy influence, Research dissemination, Research efficiency, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development
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This online database streamlines data collection, storage, and visualisation related to ELIXIR-badged training courses taking place across its Nodes. The portal allows to access information on the quality of events, the attendees, along with longer-term impact of the courses.
Impact category: Bioinformatics resource uptake, Skills development
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The main intended outcome from this ELIXIR-funded project is an increased capacity at Node level to demonstrate and communicate public value to funders and other key stakeholders, thereby contributing to long-term sustainability of Node-led activities.
(Activity, 2 June 2021)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Policy influence, Research dissemination, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development
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ELIXIR SME and Innovation events increase the awareness/appreciation of public bioinformatics resources by private sector users (industry), along with better two-way cross-sectoral understanding. These events also offer networking opportunities for academia and industry (especially in the country hosting the event), which may lead to collaborations and projects.
(Event, 2 July 2019)
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This event provided impact evaluation skills to those undertaking case studies as part of the ELIXIR-funded Strategic Implementation Study on Impact.
(Event, 20 October 2021)
Impact category: Skills development
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The annual meet-up for the broader ELIXIR community, to assess progress on ELIXIR-funded work, coordinate activities, network, exchange knowledge, and present service-related research findings
(Event, 12 December 2019)
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This workshop built capacity of ELIXIR Nodes in better understanding, and communicating with, their key funder/policy-maker stakeholders, in support of their long-term sustainability.
(Event, 8 January 2021)
Impact category: Policy influence, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development
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This preprint presents practical ways to measure the public value of a major ELIXIR-funded event, through three complementary approaches: survey-based, publication-based and GitHub-based measures.
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research dissemination, Research efficiency, Skills development
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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.
(Event, 9 March 2021)
Impact category: Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency
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ELIXIR is working to increase awareness of diversity and inclusiveness across its Member countries.
Impact category: Equal opportunities
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The ELIXIR Bioinformatics Industry Forum facilitates discussions around visionary ideas, bottlenecks and solutions to some of the major challenges in the data driven life science sector.
(Event, 4 April 2021)
Impact category: Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency
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The ELIXIR Bioinformatics Industry Forum facilitates discussions around visionary ideas, bottlenecks and solutions to some of the major challenges in the data driven life science sector.
(Event, 24 May 2021)
Impact category: Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency
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This event provided impact evaluation skills to those undertaking case studies as part of the ELIXIR-funded Strategic Implementation Study on Impact.
(Event, 28 September 2021)
Impact category: Skills development
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This page provides a one-stop shop to learn about the impact of one of ELIXIR's largest and well-established Nodes, including a seminal report (2015) by Charles Beagrie on a large-scale, economic analysis of the institute’s impact on research practice and the global economy.
Impact category: Bioinformatics resource uptake, Research efficiency
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This ELIXIR-funded project increased capacity at Node level to demonstrate and communicate public value to funders and other key stakeholders, thereby contributing to long-term sustainability of Node-led activities.
(Activity, 28 January 2020)
Impact category: Benefits of working together, Research infrastructure sustainability, Skills development

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