Launch of ELIXIR-STEERS - enhancing research software management in life science



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ELIXIR-ES is pleased to announce participation in ELIXIR-STEERS, a three-year EU-funded project with a total budget of €4M, which celebrates its kick-off meeting today and tomorrow in Brussels (Belgium). The project is a collaboration between all ELIXIR Nodes, encompassing 36 institutes across 23 countries, plus EMBL-EBI. The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) through the National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC) play a relevant role in the ELIXIR-STEERS as part of the Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute (INB), the Spanish node of ELIXIR. The project aims to enhance large-scale, cross-border federated analysis in the life sciences throughout the European Research Area.

ELIXIR-STEERS addresses the need for good software and workflow management, sometimes overlooked by funders and policymakers, which is essential for reproducible and efficient analysis of life science data. By adopting common analysis tools and good workflow practices, the project aims to minimise duplication, reduce energy consumption and lower the carbon footprint in computational life science, particularly in resource-intensive applications like AI.

For that, the BSC will lead the work on improved benchmarking of software, tools, and workflows with OpenEBench to go beyond research aspects and include carbon footprint considerations. At the same time, CNB-CSIC will participate in engaging the 3D-Bioinfo Community to adopt research software best practices. Besides, BSC will bring the lessons learned and results from the Bioinfo4Women programme and the ELEAD pilot into the project so ELIXIR Node management incorporates the gender dimension.

The ELIXIR-STEERS project builds on the achievements of two previous EU-funded projects: ELIXIR-EXCELERATE (2015-19), which helped establish ELIXIR as a coordinated European life science infrastructure, and ELIXIR-CONVERGE (2020-23), which enhanced data management and stewardship across ELIXIR Nodes.

Andy Smith, ELIXIR Interim Director and Coordinator of ELIXIR-STEERS, said, “We are excited to initiate the ELIXIR-STEERS project, focusing on expanding ELIXIR's expertise in research software and workflows. This project is an important step towards strengthening the emerging European federated data landscape and optimising environmental sustainability in computational practices”.

By improving standards and best practices in research software and workflows across the ELIXIR Nodes, ELIXIR-STEERS strengthens Europe's position in global research while supporting environmental sustainability and enhancing international collaboration.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101131096 (ELIXIR-STEERS)