Welcome to the common platform of the European Life Science Research Infrastructures!

As modern life science research is happening across scientific disciplines, individual scientists and single labs often lack some of the expertise required to address all aspects of a research question. Moreover, researchers often require the use of different, highly complex technologies and resource collections. Access to multiple high-end technologies and services is essential for comprehensive research, but is in most cases not easily available for every scientist.

 

Life Science RIs Offering Resources for COVID-19 

To support the global effort to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, Life Sciences Research Infrastructures (LS RIs) are prioritising COVID-19 research. The benefits of using established Research Infrastructures are clear: they are ready and able to provide expert advice and resources to meet a variety of research needs. Although in-person visits to facilities may be restricted, many infrastructure services are still available via remote access and, where possible, the cost of access will be minimised or waived.

Here you can find a growing list of resources available from the LS RIs for use in research on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. 

 

The European Life Science Research Infrastructures (LS RIs) were established to overcome a technology-gap and to allow access to much needed technologies in modern research approaches. They have the mission to support cutting-edge science by offering access to the latest technologies, comprehensive resource collections and technical expertise.

This website aims to be a common source of comprehensive information about the 13 European LS RIs, their activities, offers, news and funding opportunities. Their joint service catalogue allows to identify which RI might be able to meet a certain need. The success stories illustrate how access to RI resources can advance research projects.

  • About the Life Science RIs

    The 13 LS RIs support cutting-edge science by offering access to the latest technologies, comprehensive resource collections and technical expertise. Discover here their fields of expertise and the resources they offer.
  • Collaborative Activities

    In addition to EU projects, the LS RIs work together on initiatives such as the LS RI Strategy Group, Innovation Helpdesk and ELSI Helpdesk. Several of the LS RIs have signed collaboration agreements.
  • Calls for Access

    On a regular basis, certain LS RIs offer Open Calls or other access opportunities for research projects, training measures etc. Discover their current offers here.
  • Catalogue of Services

    The Catalogue of Services lists the main services of the LS RIs at a glance and aims to facilitate the utilisation of their services by researchers from all over the world. It provides a basic overview on existing services within distinct thematic fields and can be used to identify one or more RI needed for the advancement of a research project.
  • Success Stories

    How does access to LS RIs work in practice?

    The success stories illustrate how the LS RIs have been able to advance research projects, thereby facilitating collaboration and knowledge exchange.
  • Projects

    The LS RIs work together on several European Union Horizon 2020 projects. Read more about our EU grants here.
  • What is a
    research infrastructure?

    A research infrastructure is an organization that enables the research community to use specific facilities, resources and services in order to accelerate scientific achievements and promote sustainable research.

  • Why do we need
    European research infrastructures?

    Research infrastructures are an elegant solution to make science more effective and sustainable in the complex European backdrop of interactions among nation states. They enable an organized, fair and transparent system to share knowledge and resources, and in doing so, they contribute to the pooling of data, facilities and equipment, thereby avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort.

    By making high-quality facilities, resources and services available to everyone, research infrastructures ensure that science is driven by excellence and not by the research capacity of individual countries, economic sectors, or institutions. They also ensure that this excellence is aimed at solving bottlenecks, pushing forward the frontiers of scientific disciplines, and enabling transformative technological development.