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Jean Emmanuel Faure

  1. 1. The European Union actions for Research Infrastructures The case of biobanks Jean-Emmanuel Faure European Commission [email_address]
  2. 2. Our global position Japan 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 R&D intensity (%GDP) EU-27 USA China R&D investment (%GDP) R&D funded by private sector (%) EU-27 1.8 55 USA 2.6 64 Japan 3.3 75 China 1.4 65
  3. 3. ERA building blocks Well-coordinated research programmes and priorities (joint programming) Effective sharing of knowledge Opening to the world through international cooperation in S&T World-class research infrastructures Single labour market for researchers European Research Area Excellent research institutions and universities
  4. 4. Importance of Research Infrastructures for Europe <ul><li>Facilities, resources, and related services used by the scientific community </li></ul><ul><li>At the core of the Research, Innovation, Education triangle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Extending the frontiers of knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting industrial innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exchanging and transmitting knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training the next generation of top researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For their construction and operation: A European market of 9 billion Euro per year , with an annual growth of 5.5% </li></ul>
  5. 5. Towards a coherent policy for Research Infrastructures: ESFRI <ul><li>A European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (launched in April 2002) </li></ul><ul><li>Brings together representatives of the 27 Member States, Associated States, and one representative of the European Commission (EC) </li></ul><ul><li>To discuss the long term vision at European level and to support the development of a European RI policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Roadmap Report with 44 projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worth ~18 B€ investments over the next ~10 years </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Infrastructures for the Life Sciences <ul><li>BBMRI - Biobanks </li></ul><ul><li>INSTRUCT - Structural biology facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Infrafrontier - Mouse archives and clinics </li></ul><ul><li>EATRIS - Translational research facilities </li></ul><ul><li>ECRIN - Clinical trial plateform </li></ul><ul><li>ELIXIR – Data repositories </li></ul><ul><li>EuroBioImaging – Imaging facilities </li></ul><ul><li>EU-Openscreen - Chemical libraries </li></ul><ul><li>EMBRC - Marine biology resources </li></ul><ul><li>HBSL4 - High-security labs </li></ul>
  7. 7. BBMRI The preparatory phase <ul><li>Close to € 5 million of Community contribution </li></ul><ul><li>Catalytic support towards an agreement between Member States and stakeholders for construction/upgrade </li></ul><ul><li>Activities: development of the concept, the strategy, the financing, the governance, the legal structure, etc. </li></ul>
  8. 8. An EC initiative for a European legal framework <ul><li>ESFRI concluded about the need to develop a new dedicated legal instrument at Community level </li></ul><ul><li>A Legal Framework, at Community level, for the construction and operation of new European Research Infrastructures (ERI) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A legal personality recognised in all Member States </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To f acilitate the joint establishment and operation throughout Europe </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Council Regulation (EC) No 723/2009 of 25 June 2009, published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 206/1 EN on 8.8.2009 </li></ul>
  9. 9. BBMRI Beyond the preparatory phase <ul><li>Central role of the Member/Associated States </li></ul><ul><li>Community support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Structural Funds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Risk Sharing Finance Facility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FP7 contribution to construction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current FP7 calls for proposals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>INFRA-2010-1.1.12: Large-scale bio-banks for clinical and epidemiological studies (FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2010-1) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HEALTH.2010.1.1-1: Harmonisation of phenotyping and biosampling for human larges-cale research biobanks (FP7-HEALTH-2010-single-stage) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Conclusions <ul><li>A major support to biobanks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A priority for ESFRI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FP7 funding of BBMRI « Preparatory Phase » </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Several future topics for the next FP7 calls for proposals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A newly available legal framework </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expected impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide researchers with the best resource to carry out excellent research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open access to users across Europe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop harmonised procedures, standards, and improved services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan the future in a more coherent, less fragmented way </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. For further information <ul><li>ESFRI </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cordis.europa.eu/esfri/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research Infrastructures in Europa </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ec.europa.eu/research/infrastructures </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FP7 and Capacities Specific Programme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/capacities/ </li></ul></ul>

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