Connect and align ELIXIR Nodes to deliver sustainable FAIR life-science data management services


The diversity, complexity and volume, as well as privacy and regulatory considerations, necessitate a collaborative and federated approach to life-science data. For scientists to find and share data across Europe and world-wide, ELIXIR needs to continuously develop and connect its services. The international ecosystem provided by ELIXIR – with 220 institutes in 23 Nodes, connecting hundreds of bioinformatics services – is globally unique and a competitive advantage for European research. Through our national Nodes ELIXIR has the geographical spread, service portfolio and expertise to fulfil our ambition that every European project uses FAIR data based on common standards, tools and services. The initial operational phase of ELIXIR, supported by the H2020 ELIXIR-EXCELERATE project, focussed on the coordination and delivery of bioinformatics services from national Nodes. This lay the foundation for a coordinated European infrastructure. ELIXIR-CONVERGE will build on these achievements to deliver another critical component: the provisioning, across Europe, of distributed local support for data management based on a toolkit for researchers that enables lifecycle management for their research data according to international standards. ELIXIR-CONVERGE will develop the national operations of such a distributed research infrastructure to drive good data management, reproducibility and reuse in a heterogeneous funding landscape. Over 36 months and with partners from our 23 Nodes, ELIXIR-CONVERGE takes the next step to realise a European data federation where interconnected national operations, strategically managed via national research infrastructure roadmaps, allow users to extract knowledge from life science’s large, diverse and distributed datasets. By connecting ELIXIR Nodes to provide FAIR data management as a service, ELIXIR-CONVERGE will build national capacity and create a blueprint for operating sustainable Nodes in distributed research infrastructures.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Pier Luigi Martelli

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Farmacia e Biotecnologie

EMBL - European Molecular Biology Laboratory - Hamburg(Germany)

Other Participants:
Termeszettudomanyi Kutatokozpont (Hungary)
Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian - Biblioteca De Arte (Portugal)
Uppsala Universitet (Sweden)
The University Of Manchester (United Kingdom)
University Of Tartu (Estonia)
Hits Ggmbh (Germany)
University College Dublin, National University Of Ireland (Ireland)
The Cyprus Foundation For Muscular Dystrophy Research (Cyprus)
University Of Cyprus (Cyprus)
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark)
Biomedical Sciences Research Center Alexander Fleming (Greece)
Universite Du Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Universitetet i Bergen - University of Bergen (Norway)
Univerza V Ljubljani - University Of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional De Supercomputacion (Spain)
Inra Cnrgv (France)
Athina-Erevnitiko Kentro Kainotomias Stis Technologies Tis Plirofoforias, Ton Epikolnonion Kai Tis Gnosis-Imis Athena Research And Innovation (Greece)
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (Italy)
Stichting Dtl Projects (Netherlands)
USTAV ORGANICKE CHEMIE A BIOCHEMIE, AV CR, V.V.I.-Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (Czech Republic)
Centre For Research And Technology Hellas (Greece)
Inesc Id - Instituto De Engenhariade Sistemas E Computadores, Investigacao E Desenvolvimento Em Lisboa (Portugal)
Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
Sib Institut Suisse De Bioinformatique (Switzerland)
University Of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Vib Nucleomics Core (Belgium)
C.N.R.S. Delegation Centre-Est (France)

Third parties:
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 7.800.000,00
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/02/2020
End Date: 31/01/2023

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Industry, innovation and infrastructure This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871075