NEW YORK , Oct. 31 (GenomeWeb News) - The Commission of the European Union awarded €9 million ($10.8 million) to establish a virtual institute for biological research, the European Bioinformatics Institute said today.
ENFIN, or the Experimental Network for Functional INtegration, will combine 20 computational and experimental biology labs across 17 institutions in 13 counties to make computational systems biology accessible to European scientists. While applicable to any area of biological research, the network will focus on the regulation of cell division.
While there's an open-access database for almost every type of biological information, the average biologist struggles to access the data, the institute said.
"Researchers will be able to go straight to the public data that they want, combine it with their own unpublished data and perform truly integrated analyses using data from different types of experiments," said the institute's Ewan Birney, who will coordinate ENFIN.
ENFIN will incorporate both "wet" and "dry" biologists whose expertise spans database architecture, data analysis tools, and experimental molecular biology.