Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange

The purpose of the  Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange programme is to strengthen the links between ELIXIR Nodes, facilitate capacity building in ELIXIR Nodes and support the exchange of best practices in bioinformatics service provision.

This programme is expected to cover ad-hoc needs, accommodate innovative, emerging ideas, or newly onboarded people requiring capacity building and knowledge exchange outside of the activities already funded through ELIXIR Commissioned Services. The Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange programme instruments can be applied for with separate forms below.

Applications that seek to interact with organisations beyond Europe, in support of implementing ELIXIR’s International Strategy, may also be considered. If interested in submitting such a proposal, in the first instance, the External Relations team at the Hub needs to be contacted.

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Travel Grant

The purpose of the ELIXIR Travel Grant Scheme is to support:

  • individuals in ELIXIR Nodes to attend ELIXIR-related events;
  • travel between ELIXIR Nodes;
  • travel between the Nodes and the Hub.

Applications must be submitted with at least 30 day’s notice.  

Due to separate resources already allocated to ELIXIR Nodes, travel to the following meetings are not eligible for Travel Grant:

  • Heads of Nodes and Technical and Training Coordinators' meetings;
  • ELIXIR All Hands meeting;
  • Biohackathon;
  • Annual Platform F2F meetings.

Travel grants will cover conference registration fees, transportation, accommodation, and subsistence. These will be reimbursed through ELIXIR external expenses. 

Staff Exchange

The ELIXIR Staff Exchange allows members of an ELIXIR Node to travel and work in other ELIXIR Nodes, or to attend a specific ELIXIR-related event. 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 Staff Exchange will cover the cost of  transportation, accommodation, and subsistence to a maximum budget of €15,000. The applicable rules and regulations of the home institution/Node must be used as a basis for the cost estimation and PM costs of a maximum 1 PM per person.

These costs will be reimbursed to the travelling Node through a Proposal of Funding Letter and invoicing after the Staff Exchange has been completed and a report has been submitted to the Hub.

Knowledge Exchange

ELIXIR supports collaborative partnerships between industry and ELIXIR members to drive innovation in bioinformatics.  See the detailed Information about the 2023 Open Call for details of the application process. See past projects here.

The Knowledge Exchange will cover the cost of  transportation, accommodation, PM costs of a maximum 1 PM per person, and subsistence to a maximum budget of €15,000. These costs will be reimbursed to the travelling Node through a Proposal of Funding Letter and invoicing after the Knowledge Exchange has been completed and a report submitted to the Hub.

Please note that ELIXIR cannot fund industry partners in any way. 

Industry Engagement Days

Industry Engagement Days will give the Nodes a chance to reach out to relevant companies and industry associations, communicate ELIXIR services and forge strong links with the local representatives.

The costs covered for the event will include the venue, catering, and travel expenses to a maximum of €7,000. These costs will be reimbursed to the organising Node through a Proposal of Funding Letter and invoicing after the event, and a report submitted to the Hub. 

Please note ELIXIR cannot fund industry partners in any way.