Research and Mobility

Research and Mobility

The CRG establishes institutional collaborations with national and international research institutes, universities, and other organizations to facilitate joint research projects, staff exchange, access to cutting-edge technologies, and development of joint training activities. 

 

ICFO (Spain, Barcelona)
The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) is an international center of excellence in photonic sciences, developing new technologies as well as investigating their applications in various fields of research and technology.
The Barcelona Super-Resolution Light Nanoscopy (SLN) Alliance (SLN@BCN) is an initiative of ICFO and the CRG to promote research and applications of high-resolution advanced light microscopy and nanoscopy technologies in biomedicine. Since the alliance was founded in 2010, it is continuously developing advanced microscopy and SLN techniques and valorizes its related applications. The member institutes provide access to cutting-edge equipment and methodologies, as well as training and support to academic and industrial partners The SLN@BCN alliance is a leading node in the Euro‐BioImaging project, a large‐scale pan‐European research infrastructure on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap.
 
 
 

 

IRB and BSC (Spain, Barcelona)
At the end of 2013 the Institut de Recerca Biomedica Barcelona (IRB), the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), and the CRG established a new alliance to form a strong research pole in computational biology in Europe. The collaborative research programme enables large-scale multifaceted projects in computational biology by integrating research laboratories and facilities at the IRB and CRG with computational resources (such as the MareNostrum supercomputer) and know-how at the BSC.
 
EMBL (Germany, Heidelberg)
In 2006, the CRG and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) established a partnership that was formalized by setting up an EMBL/CRG Research Unit in Systems Biology, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO). Thanks to this long-standing and successful partnership between CRG and EMBL, in 2017, EMBL established a new site in Barcelona. The CRG will strengthen those links further now that EMBL will be physically present on site and thanks to the establishment of the new CRG-EMBL Local Partnership until 2021. The former EMBL-CRG partnership was the seed for the new EMBL Barcelona site by providing critical mass and an appropriate collaborative scientific environment. EMBL Barcelona springs from the excellent results obtained from the activities carried out by this partnership and from the strong commitment to support this new site by both, the Spanish and Catalan Governements, which provide funding for the Local Partnership and the spaces at the PRBB for the EMBL site respectively.
 
 
NCBS (India, Bangalore)
In 2012 the CRG launched an institutional partnership with the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) in Bangalore, India.  The collaboration agreement between the institutes foresees joint research projects, training activities, visits and sabbatical stays of researchers.
In order to specifically facilitate collaborative research a joint postdoctoral program was established. Post-doctoral fellows of any nationality can apply to foster ongoing collaborations or to develop new ones. They are appointed to NCBS/inStem for a maximum of 4 years, and divide their time between NCBS-inStem and CRG according to the requirements of the project
 
 
RIKEN CDB (Japan, Kobe)
In 2012, the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) and the CRG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster scientific exchanges in the fields of developmental and regeneration biology, regenerative medicine, and related fields. Both institutes support collaborative scientific projects, as well staff exchange between Kobe and Barcelona.
 
MIT- Spain (USA, Cambridge)
MIT-Spain is part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – International Science & Technology Initiatives (MISTI) which promotes activities to connect MIT students with research throughout Spain. In 2014 the CRG signed an agreement with MIT-Spain to set up a new MISTI Global Teaching Laboratory in Barcelona and an internship program for MIT undergraduate students at research labs in the CRG. A MISTI Global Teaching Lab is an initiative that allows MIT undergraduate students to spend a period of three weeks in foreign high schools to teach classes on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This allows the MIT students to complement their school curriculums with emphasis on teaching practices. On the same time the local school kids in Barcelona and surrounding are exposed to native English speaking teachers and state-of-the-art science lectures.
 
MINCyT (State of Argentina)
In 2013 the CRG signed a collaboration agreement with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCyT) in Argentina. The agreement established the creation of a bi-national virtual center on bioinformatics and related areas. The collaboration opens the way to future joint activities in research and training between the CRG and Argentinian research institutes and Universities.
The first joint initiative is the workshop on Personalized Medicine (1-7 September 2014) in Buenos Aires. http://workshoponpersonalizedmedicine.wordpress.com
 

 

Novartis and Wits University (South Africa, Johannesburg)
In 2012 the CRG signed collaboration agreements with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and Novartis to launch the CRG-Novartis-Africa mobility programme. The programme allows three excellent late-stages PhD students or early stage Postdoctoral fellows from Wits to do research and continue their training at the CRG for six months.