EC H2020 funds for Euro-BioImaging Preparatory Phase II: Full-speed towards operation


In the scope of the EC call for scientific infrastructure development (INFRADEV), Euro-BioImaging (EuBI) was granted € 1.5 Mill for its Preparatory Phase-II, to take the final steps needed to start full operation for open user access by 2017. In the next 2 years, the legal documents and contracts that will establish EuBI as a new European Research Infrastructure Consortium called EuBI ERIC, will be finalized and signed by its European member countries and international organizations such as EMBL. By joining the EuBI ERIC, its members put EuBI commonly on the infrastructure map of Europe and open its doors for access and services in imaging technologies to all researchers.

The countries are now establishing the first generation of EuBI Nodes to be ready for operation. In this regard, the Preparatory Phase II grant also provides the means to prepare the procedures for including additional Nodes in the future and to identify exciting novel imaging technologies that were developed just recently and may be suitable for open user access as part of EuBI. In Preparatory Phase II, the comprehensive EuBI training program for researchers of all levels, as well as the advanced training for core facility staff will be put in place, and the training sites will be prepared for running first courses upon start of the EuBI ERIC. In parallel, the EuBI partners can now develop and test the concepts for future EuBI Image Data Repositories, which will host and offer access to large-scale, high-quality image data sets of common interest for the scientific community.

Gradually taking over tasks from the EuBI Interim Phase working groups and support staff, the future EuBI Hub will be put in place in the next 18-24 months, then coordinating all activities at the European level of the EuBI ERIC. In summary, the EC H2020 grant for Preparatory Phase-II paves the way for EuBI to go full speed into operation in 2017.