CORBEL – Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-science services – is a Horizon2020 project uniting 13 European Biological and Medical Science Research Infrastructures (RIs), BBMRI-ERIC being one of them. CORBEL aims to harmonise access to the resources offered by these RIs, joining their various expertise across the range of life science disciplines. This is of particular relevance for advanced interdisciplinary research projects: they often rely on a variety of different technologies and services and face the challenge that resources are not always easily available. European scientists now have the chance to accelerate their research with CORBEL support – by applying to the current Open Call for research projects!
Via the Open Call, CORBEL invites European academic and industrial researchers to apply to access high-end technologies and services offered by more than 20 facilities from 10 RIs across Europe. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to access multiple RIs with just one application and to benefit from their state-of-the-art offers from the fields of advanced imaging, biobanking, clinical and translational research, curated databases, marine model organisms, mouse mutant phenotyping, high-throughput screening, structural biology as well as systems biology.
Available services are grouped into five different Access Tracks:
1. Genotype-to-phenotype analysis
2. Predictive systems pharmacology for safer drugs and chemical products
3. Structure-function analysis of large protein complexes
4. Marine metazoan developmental models
5. Complex multimodal biomarker profiling
Importantly, the grouping of services into Access Tracks is flexible, and also alternative combinations can be requested. Access to service providers will be granted without access fee (extra costs for consumables may apply) and there will also be limited funding available for travel and accommodation. Projects will be supported at every stage, with CORBEL project managers helping scientists to navigate between different service providers and exploit the full potential of the offers available. Crucially, data that is generated stays with the scientist and can be used for publication.
Learn more about the CORBEL Open Call by visiting the website. In the success stories, scientists talk about how their research could benefit from access to multiple RIs. They successfully applied to the 1st CORBEL Open Call in 2016, in which above 50 % of the applications were accepted. The current 2nd Open Call has a rolling deadline, collecting applications at the 1st of every 2nd month. The current submission round will close on August 31, 2018.