ELIXIR Staff Exchange Programme

ELIXIR staff exchange - collaboration

The ELIXIR Staff Exchange programme allows members of an ELIXIR Node to travel and work in other ELIXIR Nodes,  or to attend a specific ELIXIR-related event. The programme covers projects of various lengths, from conference or workshop travel grants and short term visits, to longer-term stays (up to six months). See the full list of Staff Exchange projects for examples.

The aims of the ELIXIR Staff Exchange programme are to strengthen the links between ELIXIR Nodes, facilitate capacity building in ELIXIR Nodes and support the exchange of best practices in bioinformatics service provision. 

The ELIXIR Staff Exchange programme has three components:

  • Staff Exchange projects support the exchange of staff between ELIXIR Nodes for short periods of time (around 3-6 months) or for a series of shorter trips over a similar timeframe.
  • Travel grant scheme provides funding to people in ELIXIR Nodes to attend ELIXIR-related events or to travel for short-term visits to another ELIXIR Node or to the ELIXIR Hub.
  • Knowledge Exchange Scheme allows ELIXIR Node members (individuals or teams) to spend a short period of time working at industry partners’ facilities.

Open Calls

The programme financial support covers travel, accommodation and other expenses related to a specific Staff Exchange project (e.g. workshop organisation). It was originally planned as part of the ELIXIR-EXCELERATE project; and is funded through the ELIXIR Hub budget.

The Staff Exchange programme was launched in 2017. The first seven Staff Exchange projects started in December 2017 and included 10 ELIXIR Nodes, additional two projects were launched In 2018.

Current Staff Exchange projects

Project name Nodes involved Duration
Efficient operation of bioinformatics cores in the era of single cell omics ELIXIR Switzerland, ELIXIR Sweden March 2020 to September 2020
Empowering ELIXIR Nodes to measure and communicate their performance and impact ELIXIR Portugal, ELIXIR Italy, ELIXIR Norway January 2020 to June 2020
Empowering ELIXIR PT capabilities to deploy and operate Local EGA instances ELIXIR Portugal, ELIXIR Spain January 2020 to June 2020
Enabling FAIR plant phenotyping data submission through the Breeding API ELIXIR Portugal, ELIXIR Netherlands, ELIXIR France, ELIXIR Belgium November 2019 to April 2020
Expertise building on Galaxy Administration, Pulsar, and CernVM File System ELIXIR Italy, ELIXIR Germany April 2020 to June 2020
FAIRDOM ELIXIR Belgium , ELIXIR UK, ELIXIR Norway, ELIXIR Germany January 2020 to December 2020
Indexing and search support for single-cell cytometry data repositories ELIXIR Czech Republic, ELIXIR Luxembourg February 2020 to May 2020
Integration of bio.tools and the new Tools Platform Ecosystem ELIXIR Norway, ELIXIR Denmark, ELIXIR France, ELIXIR Germany December 2019 to June 2020
InterMine-Institut Pasteur knowledge exchange ELIXIR UK, ELIXIR France February 2020 to May 2020
IntermiRMine ELIXIR UK, ELIXIR Italy January 2020 to April 2020
LEAP - Linking Expertise and Analysis in Pathways ELIXIR Slovenia, EMBL-EBI April 2020 to June 2020
Life-cycle long data management and handling of sensitive data ELIXIR France, ELIXIR Norway February 2020 to June 2020
Transfer and development of cancer sequencing data analysis to Faculty of medicine in Pilsen, Charles University with focus on single cells ELIXIR Czech Republic, ELIXIR UK January 2020 to July 2020
Transfer of de novo sequencing wet-lab and dry-lab expertise – ASCeND ELIXIR Slovenia, ELIXIR Sweden January 2020 to September 2020
Unification of Alternative forms of chemical entities with collaborative effort EMBL-EBI, ELIXIR Switzerland December 2019 to May 2020