The Objectives of ERASysAPP
ERASysAPP has a couple of key objectives which are basic to all activities of this ERA-Net.
- Establishment, support and maintenance of SB research structures in a larger number of countries in the ERA than in the past to help execute the ongoing and proclaimed paradigm shift towards SB in the life sciences while supporting the KBBE concept (all WPs).
- Setting up joint transnational calls with a focus on translational SB and application to tackle questions on complex biological processes in microorganisms, plants and animals, which are of current and broad interest in the life sciences (WP2 and WP5).
- Organisation and execution of transnational SB networks in the ERA (WP3, WP5, WP6). Whenever possible, networks from outside the ERA shall be approached and integrated to convert ERA networks to global SB networks.
- Execution and organisation of optimised educational and training measures for scientists and PhD students and students in SB in the ERA (WP3, WP4 and WP6) including a scientific exchange programme.
- Support and adaption of DM systems, DM standards and “good practices” for data sharing in the ERA (WP4).
- Exploration and support of mechanisms to strengthen the academic-industrial links in SB in the ERA (WP5 and WP6).
- Stringent and transparent coordination, organisation and support of ERASysAPP according to the ERANET rules and establishment of a lively, active and gainful communication among the consortium partners (WP1).
The key concept of our working plan is an overall sustainable impact for the continuous development and lasting dissemination of SB in the ERA by the systematic achievement of its denominated goals. These goals address well-known limitations of SB (see e.g. ERASysBio vision recommendations), which currently limit the successful and dynamic dissemination process of the SB approach in parts of the ERA and probably even on a global scale. In order to make the process of reaching our goals transparent, comprehensible and efficient we will use a broad number of different tools and activities, ranging from the implementation of joint transnational calls on predefined topics to the organisation of summer schools, workshops, exchange programmes, and the improvement of existing structures and common procedures, e.g. in DM. All these activities will be well documented and illustrated and may go beyond conventional documentation by developing position papers and visionary recommendations. In detail, our work plan will be implemented as six WPs (WPs 1‑6), which cover the above mentioned different aspects and bottlenecks of SB development. WP1 will carry out an excellent and efficient project management including all necessary subtasks. WP2 will focus on the identification and realisation of joint transnational calls to establish lasting transnational SB networks. WP3 dedicates its work to the tremendously important aspect of training and exchange, which are basic prerequisites for a vital and dynamic SB community. WP4 will also contribute to this goal, but has a stronger focus on a currently very urgent problem of sustainable DM, data safety, data exchange and overall standardisation. WP5 as the communication WP has the important task of networking and interaction with existing SB research centres, other SB EU initiatives and industrial partners to identify needs, gaps and hidden limitations of current SB in the ERA. These working efforts will be rounded up by WP6, a work package that devotes itself to the common but essential tasks of monitoring and strategy.