Project Title:

Building learning and research capacities in the structure and functional analysis of biomolecules for the needs of biomedicine and biotechnology

Project summary:

Biomedicine and biotechnology are modern science disciplines whose development contributes to improving the health of the population and improving the environment. Structural biology identifies the nature of serious illnesses and forms the basis for the design of potential drugs. It also allows you to search for potentially harmful substances and study their impact on the environment. What is lacking in our region is a common educational and scientific research base that would educate professionals capable of transferring modern knowledge in this area into practice. Within the framework of this project, we will set up a joint high-level educational and scientific research center for structural biology of doctoral students, scientists and practitioners in the region to build a broad scientific and technical base capable of making significant advances in research into biomedical and biotechnology applications to improve the quality of life in our region. We build on the experience of both partners as well as well-established international cooperation. The lectures and training seminars will be organized alternately in both workplaces to attract the widest community and to encourage mutual contacts between PhD students and researchers in Vienna and Bratislava with the perspective of further cooperation. The individual objectives of the project include: a) strengthening the long-term and sustainable basis for the development of structural biology in the region, measurable by the number of organizations using facilities and training facilities; b) education of university students, PhD students, researchers and practitioners, measurable number of lectures and practical courses and number of participants of prepared activities; (c) building a research center of excellence in structural biology for the study of human diseases, measurable by the number of devices purchased and their users. Long-term benefits will be the creation of a foundation for quality education, providing advice and leading research in the field of biomedicine and biotechnology, which will contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the region and attract the interest of foreign experts in co-operation and transfer of acquired knowledge into practice.

These results will be reached through:

1) Training and staff exchanges among project partners

2) Innovative joint pilot projects base on the complementary cross-border equipment and expertise

3) Workshops and “Open Access” in order to raise awareness of the offered services

These activities cannot be implemented without the cross-border cooperation as they depend on infrastructure and expertise on both sides of the border which cannot be easily replicated. This cooperation represents an outstanding opportunity for the cross-border region.

Duration: May 2019 – April 2022

Total project costs: 1 166 798,81 EUR

Funded by: EU

Funding program:  Interreg V-A Slovakia - Austria