Teaming for Excellence grant awarded to the Centre for New Methods

The SANO Project to be delivered by an international consortium with AGH UST as a leading partner has just won a 15m euro grant through the prestigious Teaming for Excellence competition. The project aims to establish Centre for New Methods in Computational Diagnostics and Personalised Therapy.

Members of the Consortium include –on the part of AGH UST – the CYFRONET AGH Academic Computer Centre, Kraków-based Life Science Cluster, Germany’s  Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft – Europe’s largest application-oriented research organisation with Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH and the UK-based University of Sheffield. The project will be initially co-ordinated by the National Centre for Research and Development.

The Centre for New Methods in Computational Diagnostics and Personalised Therapy will be involved in creating innovative methods of medical diagnostics and individualised therapies supported by advanced computer simulations. The Centre’s research staff will develop new computational methods, algorithms, models and technologies related to personalised healthcare tailored to the specific profile of an individual patient’s organism and needs. Personalised medicine is a concept based on understanding the differences between patients suffering from the same conditions combined with closer investigation of the complex nature of these conditions. Equipped with this knowledge, scientists and medical practitioners will be able to fine-tune available therapies for maximum benefit to specific groups of patients.

Teaming for Excellence is one of the three main instruments of the EU initiative known as ‘Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation’, launched within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Programme. The competition aims to create new or enhance the already existing Centres for Excellence through a mechanism known as teaming of research centres from countries developing their R&D potential with leading European research institutions and agencies.

13 grants to the total amount of 195m euro were awarded through the competition. Among the entries showing the greatest potential are three projects submitted by Polish research institutions. These are (besides AGH UST): the Institute of Electronic Materials Technology – ENSEMBLE Project and the National Centre for Nuclear Research – NOMATEN Project.