ELIXIR, the European life-science infrastructure for biological information, is a unique and unprecedented initiative that consolidates Europe's national centres, services, and core bioinformatics resources into a single, coordinated infrastructure.
ELIXIR brings together Europe's major life-science data archives and, for the first time, connects these with national bioinformatics infrastructures throughout ELIXIR's member states. By coordinating local, national and international resources, the ELIXIR infrastructure will meet the data-related needs of Europe's 500,000 life scientists. ELIXIR supports users addressing the Grand Challenges in diverse domains, ranging from marine research via plants and agriculture to health research and medical sciences.
A part of the infrastructure is ELIXIR Finland Node, hosted at CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd. The Finnish Node was officially inaugurated on 4th May 2015. In September 2014 the Parliament approved Finland to join to the ELIXIR legal structure as one of the 18 members, legally represented by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Finnish ELIXIR node provides services such as computing and storage services, training and identity and access federation for Finnish researchers.
Collaboration is also carried out in the national Biomedinfra project by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) and CSC – IT Center for Science, within the framework of Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI), European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine (EATRIS) and European Life Science Infrastructure for Biological Information (ELIXIR).
"Building the European research infrastructure ELIXIR supports the Ministry of Education and Culture's central objectives to internationalise research environments and improve the quality of research and innovation." Counsellor Marja-Liisa Niemi, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland.
This project has received funding from the Research Council of Finland.