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WP 5
Transnational research activities
Workpackage Leader: Maike Heidelberger / Veronika Simons, PtJ, DE

P 5 will set up and execute a transnational Systems Biology funding programme via joint call(s), which will be based on the commonly accepted legal and contractual framework (see WP 3) and the European Research Agenda on Systems Biology (see WP 2).

As a first step in developing activities under WP5, SysMO was launched as a transnational initiative for the funding of research on Systems Biology in Micro-organisms in 2005. This pilot call is under the umbrella of activities of ERASysBio, and financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Austria, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the Research Council of Norway, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom and Ministry of Education and Science in Spain. Eleven consortia, including 91 groups across Europe, are funded under this initiative with a financial commitment across all partners of approximately €28M.

Joint Data Management Strategy

The SysMO funding partners have embarked on a joint effort to involve all groups from the 11 consortia in a common data manage¬ment, storage and sharing strategy. The SysMO Data Management Group (DMG), all composed by representatives from other SysMO projects, are now finalising the content of a proposed programme, with support of all SysMO funding organisations.