In June 2011, the BIOCEV facility for structural biology became the National affiliated center of the European network Instruct jointly with CEITEC. The joint Czech Infrastructure for Integrative Structural Biology will provide access to most of the structural biology technologies within the Czech Republic and beyond.
The aim of Instruct is to enable researchers to find new ways to determine the structure of important biological molecules and to integrate an understanding of this structure with its function within a cell.
No single European country possesses the state-of-the-art equipment and expertise across all of the technologies used in structural biology. Scientists in academia and industry will benefit from access to this equipment and expertise for their research, for technological development that could lead to new commercial instruments, and for training in the latest techniques.
Instruct was identified as a priority by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in their 2006 Roadmap for Research Infrastructures.
The successful preparatory phase (4.5 million Euros) was funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme; on-going funding will be from countries across the European Community.
In 2011 Instruct has started its transition from the preparatory to the operational phase.
Funding Instruct provides two crucial benefits to a country:
- Biomedical researchers from contributing countries gain access to state-of-the-art structural biology technologies and expertise; technologies that cost many millions of Euros to establish are located in a network of centres that form a distributed infrastructure around and beyond Europe
- Member states subscribing to Instruct will be entitled to nominate a representative onto the Instruct Council, its ruling body.