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


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

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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

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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