4 July 2017

Instruct ERIC established

Instruct is the pan-European research infrastructure in structural biology, making high-end technologies and methods available to users. On July 4, 2017, the European Commission adopted the decision to grant Instruct the official ERIC status. The Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research at Utrecht University forms, together with NeCEN at Leiden University and the protein facility of the Netherlands Cancer Institute, the Dutch Instruct Centre.

Instruct was initiated in 2008 as a European-funded Preparatory Phase Project in the ESFRI Programme. In 2011, Instruct entered a transitional phase and in 2012 the project became operational, providing the first access to Instruct infrastructure. Instruct has grown to provide new infrastructure, new modes of service delivery, excellent training courses and internships, and has supported scientists through its R&D Pilot programme. Instruct-ERIC will provide the stability and sustainability for Instruct services to the structural biology community and to the broader life sciences communities within Europe.

Through its Centres, Instruct provides access to cutting-edge technology and scientific expertise. It offers all the core technologies needed to further structural biology research. A comprehensive, up-to-date catalogue of the technologies is available on the Instruct website.