The distributed infrastructure for life-science data (ELIXIR) is a unique initiative that brings together Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the increasing volume of data being generated by publicly funded research. It coordinates, integrates and sustains bioinformatics resources across European countries and enables users in academia and industry to access services that are vital for their research. ELIXIR makes it easier for scientists to find and share data, exchange expertise, and agree on best practices and will help them gain new insights into how living organisms work. Ultimately, ELIXIR helps address the Grand Challenges across life sciences, from marine research – via plants and agriculture – to health research and medical sciences.
Entered in the ESFRI Roadmap in 2006, ELIXIR became a European intergovernamental organisation following the ratification of the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement (ECA) in 2013. ELIXIR began implementing its first scientific programme in 2014 and is currently running its second five-year scientific programme. At present, ELIXIR consists of 22 Members, including EMBL which leads the consortium, and one Observer, bringing together over 220 research organisations and more than 700 life scientists, computer scientists and support staff. ELIXIR is organized with a Hub that coordinates and manages the activities across the RI, and the National Nodes, networks of research organisation within a Member State coordinated at local level to run the scientific and technical activities of ELIXIR.
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ELIXIR Consortium Agreement, 2013