ISBE Business Case

ISBE is pleased to announce the publication of its Business Case which explains the rationale for an Infrastructure for Systems Biology in Europe (ISBE), the physical infrastructure, the plans for services and access and the legal and governance structure. You can download the full Business Case here or view the Executive Summary here.

Next steps

The Preparatory Phase of ISBE will end in July 2015 with the primary output being the delivery of a comprehensive ISBE Business Plan that describes the ISBE infrastructure. The Business Plan will provide greater detail on the key issues touched upon in the Business Case:

  • the need for the ISBE infrastructure
  • ISBE’s structure and how it will function
  • ISBE’s main users and how they will access the infrastructure
  • proof of interest from key stakeholders
  • ISBE’s financial, legal and governance structure
  • how the infrastructure will be built and maintained and its quality assured

Following this, it is expected that an ‘Interim Phase’ of approximately 2 years will be required to finalise negotiation of the legal agreement for establishing ISBE and the financial contributions from national funder representing member states, as well as the identification of associated national Systems Biology Centres.

Identification of national Systems Biology Centres

ISBE has initiated a dialogue with potential nSBCs and associated funding bodies, aiming at identifying the nature of potential services, both available and in demand, and as a first approach to qualify and quantify future providers and users of the infrastructure.

This first step will be followed by an open nomination process in 2015 that will require candidate centres to detail existing or planned financial national support, together with endorsement by both the host institution and an associated national research ministry or funding body.

Get Involved

There are various ways in which you can get involved with the activities of ISBE. For further information see our Get Involved page where you can also register to join our mailing list.


An overview of the timeline and the steps in ISBE’s establishment and further development:

An overview of the timeline and the steps in ISBE’s establishment and further development.