Our Projects

EuCRF European Centre for Research & Financing has interest and holdings in some high profile & highly interesting endeavours. Some of the projects in which we have been involved include:

BluePharmTrain – Using Marine Sponges as Source for the Development of New Pharmaceuticals

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The project aims at using marine sponges as source for the development of new pharmaceuticals, allowing supra-disciplinary approach, using the newest developments in the ‘omics’ to propel forward the current knowledge on the intricate interactions between the invertebrate host and associated microbes. This helps to open up the richest resource of bioactive compounds in the marine environment, stimulating sustainable & innovative and thus long-term competitive health care development by linking prokaryotic and eukaryotic physiology to natural product chemistry

Partners include: Wageningen Universiteit, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Porifarma BV (Netherlands); DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH, Deutsches Krebsforsch-ungszentrum KliniPharm GmbH (Germany); Cardiff University (UK); University College Cork (Ireland); MATIS ehf, Iceland University, ArcticMass ehf, Actavis group, Saebily ehf (Iceland); Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas Pharma Mar, S.A.U. (Spain); Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich (Switzerland); Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia).

TrainBioDiverse – Training for Functional Soil Microorganism Biodiversity

Projects - TrainBioDiverse

The project aimed at estimating the value of soil biodiversity and to offer professional services based on a standardised approach, covering modification and customisation of cutting edge molecular tools and their implementation and enabling data provision for a robust interpretation of links between soil biodiversity and soil function. The projectg also provides analyses of the economic value of ecosystem-related services provided by soil biodiversity allowing development and validatation of new approaches for estimating – and reporting – the economic value of key services provided by soil biodiversity. This is relevant for agricultural management remediation and biotechnology as well as for global and political strategies by quantitative methods.

Partners include: University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University (Denmark); Helmholtz Zentrum München, ABiTEP GmbH (Germany); École Centrale de Lyon, Bio Intelligence Service (France); London School of Economics, CL:AIRE (UK);  University of Groningen (Netherlands); Institute of Microbiology ASCR, Biologicals s.r.o. (Czech Republic); University of Florence, Water & Soil Remediation Srl (Italy); University of Coimbra (Portugal). Project Site> 

HotZyme – Systematic Screening for Novel Hydrolases from Hot Environments

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Project aimed at identification of thermostable hydrolases  enzymes from hot terrestial environments, using metagenomic screening methods, aided by novel bioinformatic tools developed to facilitate function prediction of genes from metagenomes that show low or no sequence homology to enzymes of known function.

Partners include: University of Copenhagen, Novozymes A/S (Denmark); Wageningen Universiteit, MicroDish BV (Netherlands); Montana State University (USA); Stiftelsen Norges Geotekniske Institutt (Norway); Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology (Russia); University of Exeter (UK); Sigma-Aldrich Production GmbH (Switzerland); Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy); National Technical University of Athens (Greece); Essen (Germany). Project Site>

HELM – Harmonised European Land Monitoring

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Project aiming at the improvement of European land monitoring, rendering it  more productive by increasing the alignment of national and sub-national level land monitoring endeavours and by enabling their integration into a coherent European Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) data system. The project contriburtes to the development of a shared vision of land monitoring in Europe including mutual understanding of and agreement on land monitoring needs and planning of future work for its harmonisation of land monitoring.

Partners include: Core Consortium – Austrian Environment Agency; Czech Environmental Information Agency; Finnish Environment Institute; Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing (Hungary); Geoville Environmental Services (Luxembourg); Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute; Portuguese Geographic Institute; Spanish National Geographic Institute; European Topic Centre Spatial Information and Analysis; European Forestry Institute;General Consortium – Austrian Research-and Technology Transfer; Flemish Geographical Information Agency (Belgium); Remote Sensing Application Centre (Bulgaria); GISAT S.R.O. (Czech Republic); French National Mapping Agency; Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, Informus (Germany); Icelandic National Land Survey; Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano (Italy); Stichting Service for Agricultural Research; Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development (Romania); Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, Swiss Federal Institute Forest, Snow, Landscape Research; Specto Natura (UK). Project Site>

PREGENESYS – Post Genomics & Proteomics Approach to Develop, Test and Deploy New Placental Markers for Early Detection of Preeclampsia & IGUR

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Project aimed to combine the power of genomics, post genomics, and proteomics in order to systematically develop diagnostics for preeclampsia and IUGR as a fundamental requirement for curing the pathologies, utilising placental biomarkers for early detection of PE and IUGR risk, using simple blood tests of pregnant women.

Partners include: Diagnostic Technologies (Israel); Barking, Havering & Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust, Foetal Medicine Foundation (UK); Medical University of Graz, (Austria); Semmelweis University Hospital (Hungary); ImunoSTAR (Portugal); University of Milan (Italy); University of Zurich (Switzerland); Wallac Oy (Finland).

COLL-PLEXITY – Complexity-Based Management Systems

Project - Coo-Plexity

The project targets the interdisciplinary development of a generic model of complexity as basis for a problem-to-system match framework for collaborative systems in production industry, so as to develop collaborative enterprise networks as complex systems that can only assure their viability through adaptation in inter-organisational networks.

Partners include: RWTH University of Aachen,  Schiesser (Germany); ITEM St. Gallen, Virtuelle Fabrik (Switzerland); SZTAKI – Computer and Automation Institute, Academy of Sciences (Hungary). Project Site >

NEWS – News Engine Web Service

Projects - NEWS

The project has developed News Intelligence Technology for the Semantic Web, extending the reach and delivery capabilities of online content provision and syndication services by supporting advanced personalised news discovery, analysis and presentation and fostering interoperability across the news content provision and fruition lifecycle.

Partners include: Deutsches Forschungszentrum fuer Kuenstliche Intelligenz (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) – DFKI GmbH (Germany); Ontology Ltd. (Israel); Universidad Carlos III De Madrid, The Spanish News Agency – Agencia EFE S.A. (Spain); The Italian News Agency – Agenzia ANSA S. C. R. L. (Italy). Project Refernce Site>

WIN – Under-Participation of Women in Science-Related Endeavours: Sources & Instruments for Improvement

Project aimed at the construction of a pro-active mechanism for the increase of women participation in science-related endeavours through the development of dynamic methodology for monitoring gender awareness and women participation in such activities and mapping actual distribution of roles in both academic and industrial organisations through identification, analysis and assessement of sources of under-participation and practical impediments to actual participation of women in related areas.

Partners include: PERIPHERIE – Institute for Practical Gender Research, Centre for Advancement of Women, University of Vienna, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration – Institute for Management and Business Education, Gender and Diversity in Organisations (Austria);  Law University of Lithuania; Gallup Romania; Alert Communications Ltd. (Malta).

GOODWATER – Environmental Water Management: Water-Saving Mitigation of Legionella & Scale Care

Project aimed at resolving a most acute human, scientific, social and practical problem: that of non-chemical water treatment and bacteria (especially legionella) eradication. It offers an entirely novel scientific methodology that makes use of the combination of electrolysis and the flow of the water in the electrolysis cell. While each of the components of this methodology is known, there is no science or theoretical framework that would enable rational and extensive use of the system. The project sets to formulate this needed science and theory.

Partners include: University Hospital of Tuebingen (Germany); MECAMIDI SA (France); Elgressy Engineering Services, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (Israel); Aquastel Balti (Estonia); University of Trento (Italy); Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (Greece).

Mocasin – Exploiting the Use of Mathematics with Social & Economic Sciences in the Study of Cultural Dynamics

Project aimed at exploitation and use of mathematics, coupled with social and economic sciences in the study of cultural dynamics and the social process of cultural transmission, including drawing up a strategic picture of European resources, networks and their use of mathematics in fields relevant to cultural dynamics, so as to identify and pursue new opportunities for better understanding the social processes of culture transmission; developing cross-disciplinary research methods for collaborative activity between mathematics and the social sciences; and establishing growth curve of activities with mathematics in cultural dynamics and a long term integration between the fields through a programme of collaborative events and researcher training and mobility.

Partners include: Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics UOXF.BK Oxford, Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics & System Engineering, University of Surrey UniS Guildford, Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, University College London UCL-JDI London, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge(UK); University of Cassini UNICAS Cassini, Department of Mathematics “Ulisse Dini”, University of Firenze (Italy); CNRS – Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales CNRS-EHESS Paris, Centre National de la Recherche Scientific – Laboratoire LEIBNIZ-IMAG CNRS-IMAG Grenoble, Cinejou Productions SA CP Paris (France); Ventspils University College VUC Ventspils (Latvia); Fraunhofer Institute fur Techno und Wirtschaftsmathematik FhG-ITWM Kaiserslautern (Germany); Universidad Complutense de Madrid UCM Madrid (Spain); Technische Universiteit Eindhoven TU/e Eindhoven (Netherlands); Helsinki University UH Helsinki (Finland).

BluePharmTrain – Using marine sponges as Source for the Development of New Pharmaceuticals

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The project aims at using marine sponges as source for the development of new pharmaceuticals, allowing supra-disciplinary approach, using the newest developments in the ‘omics’ to propel forward the current knowledge on the intricate interactions between the invertebrate host and associated microbes. This helps to open up the richest resource of bioactive compounds in the marine environment, stimulating sustainable & innovative and thus long-term competitive health care development by linking prokaryotic and eukaryotic physiology to natural product chemistry

Partners include: Wageningen Universiteit, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Porifarma BV (Netherlands); DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH, Deutsches Krebsforsch-ungszentrum KliniPharm GmbH (Germany); Cardiff University (UK); University College Cork (Ireland); MATIS ehf, Iceland University, ArcticMass ehf, Actavis group, Saebily ehf (Iceland); Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas Pharma Mar, S.A.U. (Spain); Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich (Switzerland); Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia).

TrainBioDiverse – Training for Functional Soil Microorganism Biodiversity

Projects - TrainBioDiverse

Project aimed at estimating the value of soil biodiversity and to offer professional services based on a standardised approach, covering modification and customisation of cutting edge molecular tools and their implementation and enabling data provision for a robust interpretation of links between soil biodiversity and soil function. The projectg also provides analyses of the economic value of ecosystem-related services provided by soil biodiversity allowing development and validatation of new approaches for estimating – and reporting – the economic value of key services provided by soil biodiversity. This is relevant for agricultural management remediation and biotechnology as well as for global and political strategies by quantitative methods.

Partners include: University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University (Denmark); Helmholtz Zentrum München, ABiTEP GmbH (Germany); École Centrale de Lyon, Bio Intelligence Service (France); London School of Economics, CL:AIRE (UK);  University of Groningen (Netherlands); Institute of Microbiology ASCR, Biologicals s.r.o. (Czech Republic); University of Florence, Water & Soil Remediation Srl (Italy); University of Coimbra (Portugal).
Project Site>

HotZyme – Systematic Screening for Novel Hydrolases from Hot Environments

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Project aimed at identification of thermostable hydrolases  enzymes from hot terrestial environments, using metagenomic screening methods, aided by novel bioinformatic tools developed to facilitate function prediction of genes from metagenomes that show low or no sequence homology to enzymes of known function.

Partners include: University of Copenhagen, Novozymes A/S (Denmark); Wageningen Universiteit, MicroDish BV (Netherlands); Montana State University (USA); Stiftelsen Norges Geotekniske Institutt (Norway); Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology (Russia); University of Exeter (UK); Sigma-Aldrich Production GmbH (Switzerland); Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy); National Technical University of Athens (Greece); Essen (Germany).
Project Site>

HELM – Harmonised European Land Monitoring

rojects - HELM

Project aiming at the improvement of European land monitoring, rendering it  more productive by increasing the alignment of national and sub-national level land monitoring endeavours and by enabling their integration into a coherent European Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) data system. The project contriburtes to the development of a shared vision of land monitoring in Europe including mutual understanding of and agreement on land monitoring needs and planning of future work for its harmonisation of land monitoring.

Partners include: Core Consortium – Austrian Environment Agency; Czech Environmental Information Agency; Finnish Environment Institute; Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing (Hungary); Geoville Environmental Services (Luxembourg); Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute; Portuguese Geographic Institute; Spanish National Geographic Institute; European Topic Centre Spatial Information and Analysis; European Forestry Institute;General Consortium – Austrian Research-and Technology Transfer; Flemish Geographical Information Agency (Belgium); Remote Sensing Application Centre (Bulgaria); GISAT S.R.O. (Czech Republic); French National Mapping Agency; Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, Informus (Germany); Icelandic National Land Survey; Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano (Italy); Stichting Service for Agricultural Research; Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development (Romania); Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, Swiss Federal Institute Forest, Snow, Landscape Research; Specto Natura (UK).
Project Site>

PREGENESYS – Post Genomics & Proteomics Approach to Develop, Test, and Deploy New Placental Markers for Early Detection of Preeclampsia & IUGR

download (5)

 

 

 

Project aimed to combine the power of genomics, post genomics, and proteomics in order to systematically develop diagnostics for preeclampsia and IUGR as a fundamental requirement for curing the pathologies, utilising placental biomarkers for early detection of PE and IUGR risk, using simple blood tests of pregnant women.

Partners include: Diagnostic Technologies (Israel); Barking, Havering & Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust, Foetal Medicine Foundation (UK); Medical University of Graz, (Austria); Semmelweis University Hospital (Hungary); ImunoSTAR (Portugal); University of Milan (Italy); University of Zurich (Switzerland); Wallac Oy (Finland).

COLL-PLEXITY – Complexity Based Management Systems

Project - Coo-Plexity

The project targets the interdisciplinary development of a generic model of complexity as basis for a problem-to-system match framework for collaborative systems in production industry, so as to develop collaborative enterprise networks as complex systems that can only assure their viability through adaptation in inter-organisational networks.

Partners include: RWTH University of Aachen,  Schiesser (Germany); ITEM St. Gallen, Virtuelle Fabrik (Switzerland); SZTAKI – Computer and Automation Institute, Academy of Sciences (Hungary).

Project Site >

NEWS – News Engine Web Service

Projects - NEWS

The project has developed News Intelligence Technology for the Semantic Web, extending the reach and delivery capabilities of online content provision and syndication services by supporting advanced personalised news discovery, analysis and presentation and fostering interoperability across the news content provision and fruition lifecycle.

Partners include: Deutsches Forschungszentrum fuer Kuenstliche Intelligenz (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) – DFKI GmbH (Germany); Ontology Ltd. (Israel); Universidad Carlos III De Madrid, The Spanish News Agency – Agencia EFE S.A. (Spain); The Italian News Agency – Agenzia ANSA S. C. R. L. (Italy).
Project Refernce Site>

WIN – Under-Participation of Women in Science-Related Endeavours: Sources and Instruments for Improvement

Project aimed at the construction of a pro-active mechanism for the increase of women participation in science-related endeavours through the development of dynamic methodology for monitoring gender awareness and women participation in such activities and mapping actual distribution of roles in both academic and industrial organisations through identification, analysis and assessement of sources of under-participation and practical impediments to actual participation of women in related areas.

Partners include: PERIPHERIE – Institute for Practical Gender Research, Centre for Advancement of Women, University of Vienna, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration – Institute for Management and Business Education, Gender and Diversity in Organisations (Austria);  Law University of Lithuania; Gallup Romania; Alert Communications Ltd. (Malta).

GOODWATER – Environmental Water Management: Water-Saving Mitigation of Legionella & Scale Care

Project aimed at resolving a most acute human, scientific, social and practical problem: that of non-chemical water treatment and bacteria (especially legionella) eradication. It offers an entirely novel scientific methodology that makes use of the combination of electrolysis and the flow of the water in the electrolysis cell. While each of the components of this methodology is known, there is no science or theoretical framework that would enable rational and extensive use of the system. The project sets to formulate this needed science and theory.

Partners include: University Hospital of Tuebingen (Germany); MECAMIDI SA (France); Elgressy Engineering Services, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (Israel); Aquastel Balti (Estonia); University of Trento (Italy); Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (Greece).

MOCASIN – Exploiting the use of Mathematics with Social and Economic sciences in the Study of Cultural Dynamics

Project aimed at exploitation and use of mathematics, coupled with social and economic sciences in the study of cultural dynamics and the social process of cultural transmission, including drawing up a strategic picture of European resources, networks and their use of mathematics in fields relevant to cultural dynamics, so as to identify and pursue new opportunities for better understanding the social processes of culture transmission; developing cross-disciplinary research methods for collaborative activity between mathematics and the social sciences; and establishing growth curve of activities with mathematics in cultural dynamics and a long term integration between the fields through a programme of collaborative events and researcher training and mobility.

Partners include: Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics UOXF.BK Oxford, Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics & System Engineering, University of Surrey UniS Guildford, Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, University College London UCL-JDI London, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge(UK); University of Cassini UNICAS Cassini, Department of Mathematics “Ulisse Dini”, University of Firenze (Italy); CNRS – Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales CNRS-EHESS Paris, Centre National de la Recherche Scientific – Laboratoire LEIBNIZ-IMAG CNRS-IMAG Grenoble, Cinejou Productions SA CP Paris (France); Ventspils University College VUC Ventspils (Latvia); Fraunhofer Institute fur Techno und Wirtschaftsmathematik FhG-ITWM Kaiserslautern (Germany); Universidad Complutense de Madrid UCM Madrid (Spain); Technische Universiteit Eindhoven TU/e Eindhoven (Netherlands); Helsinki University UH Helsinki (Finland).