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Sweden Pledges $2.5M to Support ELIXIR Bioinformatics Consortium

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Several Swedish funding agencies this week recommended 19 million SEK ($2.5 million) in funding to support a European consortium of 32 research organizations, universities, and companies that is looking to build an integrated bioinformatics network.

The project, called ELIXIR, for European Life-science Infrastructure for Biological Information, is led by the European Bioinformatics Institute and kicked off last year with €4.5 million ($6.3 million) in funding from the European Commission [BioInform June 6, 2009].

This week, the Swedish Energy Agency, the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, the Swedish Research Council, and the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems recommended that the Swedish government allocate 19 million SEK over three years to ELIXIR and the Swedish Bioinformatics Infrastructure for Life Sciences.

The funding makes Sweden "the first country to secure long-term funding for ELIXIR," EBI said in a statement.

Bengt Persson, chair of the ELIXIR Bioinformatics Communities Committee, said that the project participants are "very enthusiastic" about the long-term funding for the BILS bioinformatics infrastructure in Sweden, "which works within a European perspective and interacts closely with ELIXIR."

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