The project BrIdging Structural BiOlogy with Biological SyNthesis and Self Assembly to Reveal Key Processes in Living Systems (BISON) is a 3-year H2020 TWINNING project initiated on 1st January 2016.

TWINNING is a new instrument of the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation (SEWP) part of Horizon 2020 program. The philosophy of H2020 TWINNING projects lies in strengthening of a specific research field in a knowledge institution through linking it with internationally-leading partners via a number of institutional networking and training activities, including workshops, conferences, summer schools, and expert visits, as well as study visits, internships and counselling. The aim of the SEWP projects, including TWINNING, is to increase research quality and prestige of a coordinating institution from a country with lower efficiency in research, development and innovation through knowledge transfer and exchange of practices with leading institutions.

The BISON project intends to enhance the collaborative framework of the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) of Masaryk University (MU) and three top-level European research institutions – University of Vienna (UNIVIE), The Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), and University of East Anglia (UEA). The projects purpose is transforming the research in the Structural Biology to be more applied and relevant to urgent societal challenges. The aim is to stimulate scientific excellence and innovation capacity of CEITEC MU by opening several identified interfaces to Cell biology, Biological chemistry and synthetic biology, and New generation of therapeutics. The project will strengthen the competence of CEITEC MU to study complex problems in the field of structural biology and related trans-disciplinary areas and improve the potential to translate the research results into high value-added applications. A significant impact is expected on the overall scientific and innovation capacity of CEITEC MU and will be measured by a set of performance indicators including numbers of quality publications, citations, prestigious grants, results relevant for applications.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 692068.
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