Biodata.pt

Project Title
Portuguese Biological Data Network
Project Type
Nacional / Public
Funding Body
Funding Program
Projetos de Desenvolvimento e Implementação de Infraestruturas de Investigação inseridas no RNIE (01/SAICT/2016)
Reference
22231
Funding
  • CEB: 163 284,00
  • Total: 2 243 428,00
Start
01-06-2017
End
31-05-2020
Partnership
Associação Portuguesa de Bioindústrias, Centro de Biotecnologia Agrícola e Agro-Alimentar do Alentejo, Centro de Ciências do Mar, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Fundação Champalimaud, IBET, IBMC/UP, INESC ID/UL, ITQB/UNL, IST/UL, Universidade do Minho
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Team Members - CEB

Abstract

BioData.pt will be a Portuguese distributed infrastructure for biological data. It will serve as a national bioinformatics network, and as the Portuguese node of the ESFRI ELIXIR (European Life Sciences Infrastructure for Biological Information). ELIXIR’s vision for the future is to provide researchers in academia and industry with seamless access to biological information that will revolutionise discovery in the life sciences. BioData.pt shares these objectives and aims to catalyse this access and translation at the regional and national level, as well as contributing to ELIXIR efforts at the European level. In its nature BioData.pt is transversal to all of the life sciences, and will likely be relevant for other proposals in this infrastructures roadmap. It is organised around a general scientific, technical and educational platform, an industry and entrepreneurship program, a distributed service facility and a focus on specialised areas of knowledge and application, described below. The choice of these specialised areas aims to start building this infrastructure capitalising on existing excellence in research and institutions, bridging to international projects (e.g. EMBRC) and a potential for application and translation to the economy. Future upgrades of the BioData.pt network are expected to encompass more biological domains, research centres and geographical locations. In Portugal, Bioinformatics is still a young discipline with small numbers of active research groups and companies. A Bioinformatics training program, capitalising on existing experience and the best training practices in ELIXIR will contribute to produce trained professionals in this field. A Bioinformatics Industry and Entrepreneurship program, with the involvement of experienced entrepreneurs, incubators, SME associations and the EMBL EBI/ELIXIR will maximise the economic translation potential of this infrastructure. A common (European) computational infrastructure in BioData.pt and in ELIXIR, including the physical, software and information systems infrastructure maximises economy of scale, and the interoperability of data and services across Europe. A distributed Bioinformatics service facility will provide consultancy and expertise that will be an added value to researchers in academy and SMEs. Smart-specialization insures maximal impact of BioData.pt and potential for international funding. Extensive data curation, integration and availability, together with tool deployment will produce tailored interfaces for the following domains: - Woody plants, the main focus of Portugal’s contribution to ELIXIR, representing 10% of Portuguese exports - Marine resources, in collaboration with the EMBRC.PT team, to explore the major untaped natural resource in Portugal - Systems Biology of microbial metabolism, to explore the growing trends of bioprocess adoption in industry - Neurosciences/Behaviour, a frontier area in biological research