ELIXIR is an inter-governmental organisation which builds on existing data resources and services within Europe. It follows a Hub and Nodes model, with a single Hub located alongside EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, Cambridge, UK and a growing number of Nodes located at centres of excellence throughout Europe.
Governments and ministries of countries are members of the ELIXIR consortium, and the scientific community in each member country develops their national Node.
On 18 December 2013, ELIXIR became a permanent legal entity following the ratification of the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement (ECA) by EMBL and the first five countries. The countries that have signed the ECA are full members of the ELIXIR Board. Provisional Members (France and Spain) are progressing the ratification of the ECA. They have the same benefits as full members for the duration of their term as Provisional Members and make a full financial contribution to ELIXIR in this period.
How countries join ELIXIR and establish a Node
- A country must make an application to the ELIXIR Board to become a member.
- Once the application has been approved, the country becomes a member when it signs the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement (ECA).
- The scientific community of that country then develops and submits a Node application.
- The ELIXIR Board and the ELIXIR Scientific Advisory Board review the Node application.
- Once the Node application is approved, the lead institution of the Node then develops and signs a Collaboration Agreement with the ELIXIR Hub. This allows the Hub to transfer budget to the Node so that it can carry out technical activities such as Commissioned Services (e.g. Implementation Studies).
- During the above process, the Node also prepares a Service Delivery Plan (SDP). This lists all the services they will provide as part of their involvement with ELIXIR.
- If you are interested in discussing Membership in ELIXIR, please contact andrew.smith[at]elixir-europe[dot]org.
One more country has joined ELIXIR as an Observer and is working towards ratifying the ECA.