Instruct-ERIC Funding Opportunities

What does Instruct fund?

Access to infrastructure

Instruct funds access to innovative equipment to industry and academic users worldwide. 

To make it easy for you to further your research, Instruct offers open access to structural biology infrastructure at our Instruct Centres. The application and review process is efficient, transparent and quick.

Applications for access can be submitted at any time. Periodically, special calls for access will be published with a defined deadline. These special calls carry specific criteria, so please read the calls carefully.

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Training Courses

Our education programme helps to train a cadre of European structural and cell biologists who are proficient in a raft of technologies, not just one specialism. These researchers will be able to integrate different technologies to open up new areas of research, enhancing the reputations of their research institutes and companies.

Instruct is able to offer a range of workshops delivered at Instruct Centres by internationally recognised experts. The last call for training courses closed on the 28th April 2017 for courses that will run 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018.

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R&D Pilot Research Award

Instruct allocates resources to support a limited number of pilot studies proposed by researchers from Instruct member countries (currently BE, CZ, DK, ES, FR, IL, IT, NL, PT, SK, UK). Pilot projects may be funded up to a maximum of 15000 Euros. The funds are expected to cover research expenses but not normally salaries. The intent of this support is to help researchers develop external funding for projects, i.e. the expectation is that a pilot study will lead to a grant submission to national or international funding bodies.

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Internships facilitate valuable collaborations with Instruct research groups applying techniques that are not available in the applicant’s laboratory and the longer duration of awards allows interns to gain in depth experience in the host laboratory. Applications should specifically focus on the benefit to the applicant’s research. Internships funding has two components: One component covers travel and subsistence expenditures for the fellow up to 6000 Euros. The second component is a regular Instruct Access Project associated to the internship, contemplating a maximum expenditure of 6000 Euros (equivalent to 4 access visits), following standard cost rules for Instruct Access Projects. 

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Instruct Biennial Structural Biennial Conference

Instruct organises a scientific conference biennially to showcase integrative structural biology and its impact on biological research and biomedicine. The inaugural conference took place in Heidelberg in 2013 and attracted 200 structural biologists with the participation of our colleagues from other biomedical research infrastructures. The 2nd Biennial took place in Florence and continue the integrative line with an increased focus on innovation. More than 250 scientists and fantastic industry sponsors attended the 3rd Instruct Biennial which took place in Brno, Czech Republic, from May 24 till May 26, 2017. Brno is the city of Gregor Johann Mendel, a founder of modern genetics and one of the first scientists who applied multidisciplinary approach to explain his observations. The next edition will take place in Alcalá de Henares near Madrid organised by Instruct-Spain.

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How is Instruct funded?

Instruct-ERIC infrastructure is supported primarily by Member State funding that provides a long-term foundation for Instruct. Instruct-ERIC also receives external funding through EU and other programmes to provide funding for Instruct services. Instruct is a partner of seven Horizon 2020 projects and coordinates Instruct-ULTRA

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