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Start of EU network iNEXT

September 2015. The European Union invests 10 million Euro from its Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme to enable European scientists to use state-of-the-art infrastructures for structural biology from 23 research institutes in Europe. CEF scientists at the Goethe University Frankfurt are part of this new iNEXT initiative, which aims to determine new structures and functions of proteins and their complexes through giving scientists integrated access to structural biology technologies such as NMR, electron microscopy and X-ray technologies. Researchers across Europe can apply for access to the facilities of iNEXT through a peer-review process. The facilities are now available and proposals for access can be submitted via the iNEXT website ...

The collaborating facilities include advanced X-ray synchrotron sources in Grenoble, Hamburg, Oxford, Lund and Paris, high-field NMR facilities in Frankfurt, Utrecht, Florence, Brno, Lyon and Grenoble, imaging facilities in Oxford, Brno, Heidelberg, Leiden and Madrid and advanced biophysical characterization in Amsterdam. Together, these facilities will make it possible for European scientists to perform ground breaking protein research with technologies to which they otherwise would not have had access. iNEXT is coordinated by Utrecht University and the Netherlands Cancer Institute.

iNEXT contributes to European goals for health and green economy, as fundamental knowledge of biological processes is important, for example, for the development of novel drugs and safe and sustainable food production methods. The programme is set up in coordination with the European ESFRI projects Instruct, ESS, EU-OPENSCREEN and Euro-BioImaging.

Harald Schwalbe
Institute of organic Chemistry and chemical Biology
Center for Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance (BMRZ)
Campus Riedberg
Goethe University Frankfurt