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26/01/2018

Do you need a BSL3 facility to study a zoonosis or an OIE notifiable disease? A new call is open to fund your experiment in our center!

IRTA-CreSA is a member of the VetBioNet network, a Veterinary Biocontained facility Network for excellence in animal infectious disease research and experimentation.  

The principal aim of the VetBioNet infrastructure project is to establish and maintain a comprehensive network of pre-eminent high-containment (BSL3) research facilities, academic institutes, international organisations and industry partners that is dedicated to advance research on epizootic and zoonotic diseases and to promote technological developments.

The project comprises three types of integrating activities:

  • Transnational Access Activities – i.e. providing access to the BSL3 facilities and technical resources of the consortium. This free-of-charge access will be provided to researchers or enterprises proposing a sound project related to epizootic and zoonotic diseases.
  • Networking Activities to foster the cooperation between project partners and to forge cooperative relationships with other European or international research initiatives, industrial stakeholders, international organisations and policy makers
  • Joint Research Activities to improve the scientific and technological standards of services provided by the consortium VetBioNet assembles 28 partners from 12 different countries and has received 10 Mio € of funding from the European Commission (Horizon 2020 INFRAIA-01-2016-2017 programme) for a project period of 5 years (2017-22).

Trans National Access Call:  VetBioNet Call for Proposals to Advance Research on Epizootic and Zoonotic Diseases.

VetBioNet will offer access to the BSL3 facilities and technical resources of the consortium as part of its Transnational Access Activities. This free-of-charge access to animal studies, laboratory capacities or biological samples will be provided to researchers or enterprises proposing a sound project related to epizootic and zoonotic diseases. Academic and non-academic research groups, SMEs and industries can apply, but only to service infrastructures outside their own country.

The call for application has been launched in January 2018 and will remain open for the entire duration of the project (i.e.: until March 2022) or until all project-funded services have been used. Applications can be submitted at any time through the online application form available here and will be processed within a pre-defined time schedule of approximately 6 weeks.

Users of the services will be selected via a two-step selection process including an independent scientific peer review. The selected projects will then be able to commence work within the assigned VetBioNet facility shortly after notification.

For more information you can contact  the TNA Access Point: vbn.tnaaccesspoint@wur.nl