Infrastructure for Systems Biology – Europe

Launched in September 2012, the ISBE project is funded by the European Commission under the FP7 capacities programme as a 'preparatory phase project'.

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The project aims to establish the 'Infrastructure for Systems Biology – Europe' (ISBE) that will:

ISBE Business Case

The project announced the publication of its Business Case in November 2014, which explains:

Business Case PDF (external link) on ISBE website

It also sets out planned steps in developing a more comprehensive business plan by the end of the preparatory phase in July 2015.

ISBE has also initiated a dialogue with potential centres to be included in the Infrastructure, together with their associated funding bodies, ahead of an open nomination process in 2015. This will require candidate centres to detail existing or planned financial national support, together with endorsement by both the host institution and an associated national research ministry or funding body.


The ECA has now been ratified by eleven countries, with the UK, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Israel, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and EMBL as full members. A further 6 countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to participate in ELIXIR (Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Slovenia and Spain).


BBSRC is leading the ISBE Funding, Governance and Legal work package (work package 11)

In order to establish viable, long term, sustainable, funding and a legal framework, ISBE must build upon the strategic activities of European national funding agencies and engage with them in exploring opportunities for support.

The objectives of work package 11 are:


ISBE is structured in 12 work packages: