Researcher Benefits

Access to infrastructure

Instruct funds access to innovative technology, which is available to industry and academic users worldwide. 

To make it easy for you to advance your research, Instruct offers open access to structural biology infrastructure at our Instruct Centres. The application and review process is efficient, transparent and quick.

Applications for access can be submitted at any time. Periodically, special calls for access will be published with a defined deadline. These special calls carry specific criteria, so please read the calls carefully.

To get started, register for an ARIA account and then begin your application:

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Training Courses

Our education programme helps to train European structural and cell biologists who are proficient in a raft of technologies, not just one specialism. These researchers will be able to integrate different technologies to open up new areas of research, enhancing the reputations of their research institutes and companies.

Each year we open a call for training course proposals from Instruct Centres, from which we select a broad range of courses to offer for the following year. This annual Instruct Training Programme comprises a set of hands-on workshops, delivered by internationally recognised experts on a variety of structural biology techniques and methods. 

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R&D Pilot Research Award

Instruct allocates resources to support a limited number of pilot studies proposed by researchers from Instruct member countries. Pilot projects may be funded up to a maximum of 15,000 Euros. The funds are expected to cover research expenses but not normally salaries. The intent of this support is to help researchers develop external funding for projects, i.e. the expectation is that a pilot study will lead to a grant submission to national or international funding bodies.

Applications for R&D awards are peer reviewed by expert scientists, prior to the awards being made. For more information about R&D Pilot projects and to view previous awards, click the button below. To receive notifications when the next call for R&D awards opens, register for an account so that you will be added to our mailing list and all set up to apply. 

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Internships facilitate valuable collaborations with Instruct research groups applying techniques that are not available in the applicant’s laboratory and the longer duration of awards allows interns to gain in depth experience in the host laboratory. Applications should specifically focus on the benefit to the applicant’s research. Internships funding has two components: one component covers travel and subsistence expenditures for the fellow up to 6000 Euros, and the second component is a regular Instruct Access Project associated with the internship, contemplating a maximum expenditure of 6000 Euros (equivalent to 4 access visits), following standard cost rules for Instruct Access Projects.

For more information about Internships, follow the link below. To receive notifications when the next call for Internship opens, register for an account so that you will be added to our mailing list and all set up to apply. 

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Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Conference

Every two years, Instruct organises a scientific conference to showcase integrative structural biology and demonstrate its impact on biological research and biomedicine. The inaugural conference took place in Heidelberg in 2013 and attracted 200 structural biologists with the participation of our colleagues from other biomedical research infrastructures. Successive biennial conferences took place in Florence, Brno and Madrid.

The 5th Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Conference, will take place from 18 - 20 May 2022 in Netherlands. Visit the Biennial 2022 webpage for more information.


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