Ten Million Euro for Access to European Proteomics Facilities

12 January 2019
The European Union has awarded 10 million euro to a consortium of eighteen European research groups in the field of mass spectrometry based proteomics research throughout Europe. The European Proteomics Initiative Consortium (EPIC-XS), funded as part of the  Horizon 2020 Work programme, is coordinated by Albert Heck, professor of biomolecular mass spectrometry and proteomics at Utrecht University. The VIB-UGent groups of Kris Gevaert, Lennart Martens and Francis Impens are actively involved in this project, which started in January 2019 and will run for a period of four years.

Proteomics, the large-scale study of proteins and their role in living cells and organisms, is an important technology used to gain insight into the function of biological systems and the roles they play in health and disease. Mass spectrometry based proteomics requires state of the art technology, in-house technical know-how, sustainable and robust workflow practices, successful and correct data interpretation, and data management. Therefore, researchers often depend on dedicated proteomics facilities to get access to proteomics technology. The EPIC-XS initiative will support researchers, by providing them with access to state of the art proteomics equipment, and allowing them to submit research proposals that make use of the proteomics technology offered by the project. All submitted proposals will be peer-reviewed and the best projects will be selected for access to EPIC-XS. This initiative is a follow-up of the previous European proteomics infrastructure project PRIME-XS, which was completed in 2015. EPIC-XS will again provide access to proteomics facilities throughout Europe, supporting and expanding the European proteomics community through its expertise in proteomics. The provision of courses and training programs, will enable new research communities to be schooled in advanced proteomics technologies.

Dr. Francis Impens, manager of the VIB Proteomics Core: "EPIC-XS is a nice recognition for VIB-UGent as a European hub for proteomics and proteomics informatics. It will make our infrastructure, software tools, and expertise available to the European research community, ready to boost dozens of research projects with state-of-the-art proteomics data and analysis.”

The EPIC-XS consortium consists of partners throughout Europe (see map) which have a proven track record in facilitating national and international research within their institutions. All partners share a common goal; to facilitate the development and sustainability of proteomics exploration to all life science researchers within the European Union.

Starting in the spring of 2019, requests for access to the facilities can be submitted via www.epic-xs.eu  

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