2nd Instruct-ERIC International Call is NOW OPEN

In a joint action with EU-LAC ResInfra and iNEXT-Discovery, Instruct-ERIC launched a second international call, open to researchers from institutions holding a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with this institution.

This initiative contributes to the main goal of EU-LAC ResInfra project of enhancing the bi-regional collaboration regarding Research Infrastructures by promoting the exchange of experiences, staff and access provision between regions. In concrete, this funding is available to support up to 8 projects by providing research visits or remote access to any Instruct-ERIC center. Project proposals should select a single service from the Instruct-ERIC catalogue.

In this second call, the eligible institution are:

Latin America

• Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Rosario (IBR, Argentina) 

 • Instituto de Investigaciones Bioquímicas de La Plata (INIBIOLP, Argentina)

 • Instituto de Química y Fisicoquímica Biológicas (IQUIFIB, Argentina)

 • University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

 • University of San Martín (UNSAM, Argentina)

 • Leloir Institute Foundation (Argentina) 

 • The Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP, Brazil)

 • Centro de Biología Estructural (CBE, Venezuela)

 • Institut Pasteur Montevideo (Uruguay)

 • Universidad de la República (UdelaR, Uruguay)

Africa

• University of Cape Town (UCT, South Africa)

To know more about this call, please click here.

It will be open until the October 31, 2021, at 5 pm CEST. Proposal Guidelines are available here. 

EU-LAC ResInfra Staff Exchange: Bi-Regional Collaboration with Instruct-ERIC

In the context of the EU-LAC ResInfra project, Instruct-ERIC opened a staff exchange call to allow researchers from Latin American institutions to visit European facilities. The call invited researchers from any Latin American institution which has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Instruct-ERIC to submit an application to utilise the equipment and machineries available at Instruct’s European centres.

Three researchers were selected and they will be visiting Instruct-ERIC facilities, accessing the equipment and sharing best practices and guidance with the host institutions to further advance research and understanding not only of the structural biology techniques but also of the procedures to allow open access to the infrastructure. 

Robeto Kopke Salinas of University of Sao Paulo (USP-Brazil) will be visiting the Bijvoet Centre at Instruct-NL Utrecht University (UU), utilising the highly sensitive Bruker NMR Spectrometers for analysis of the Type IV Secretion System (T4SS) of the phytopathogen Xanthomonas citri.

Leonardo Alonso of University of Buenos Aires (UBA – Chile) is to visit EMBL-Hamburg, to access the mass spectrometry facilities at the Instruct Centre. The team have been studying deamidation of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein, and are seeking to determine which deamidations occur and what their functional significance is.

Alejandro Buschiazzo of Institut Pasteur Montevideo (IPMontevideo- Uruguay) will visit The Instruct Image Processing Centre (I2PC) In Madrid, Spain, with the specific aim of training in Cryo-EM techniques. Buschiazzo’s lab at IPMontevideo currently conducts macromolecular X-ray crystallography, but is keen to incorporate Cryo-EM as a key technique available at the facility. 

The aim of all three staff exchanges is to share knowledge that would be crucial to the plans to set up regional access centres for structural biology in Latin America.

To know more about the specific aims of these exchanges, please click here.