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18.5 million euro for Dutch large-scale NMR research facility!

The programme ‘uNMR-NL’, a project to setup a 1.2 GHz NMR spectrometer for chemical research in the Netherlands has received 18,5 million euro from NWO to be established as a large-scale research facility. The annoucement was made by State Secretary Zijlstra of OCW and Jos Engelen, chairman of NWO, this afternoon (March 2nd, 2012) in Utrecht. The participating partners will make their state-of-the-art technology, equipment and expertise available to other researchers in the Netherlands.

In total, five programmes in the Netherlands receive financing from NWO within the National Road Map for Large-scale Research Facilities, for which 80 million euro was made available. 

An ultra-high field NMR facility for the Netherlands (uNMR-NL)In the new uNMR-NL facility, researchers will use magnetic nuclear resonance (NMR) and MR Imaging (MRI) to study the origin of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, to identify new potential drugs, to develop new materials for batteries and solar cells and to enhance the production of crops and food quality. “The facility that is being set up will contain a new magnet that is stronger than ever before in NMR and MRI”, says Marc Baldus, professor at the Bijvoet Center of Utrecht University and coordinator of the project. “This will open up entirely new ways of research, for example to study complete cells at the level of individual atoms.” uNMR-Nl is a collaboration between Utrecht University, the Radboud University Nijmegen, Leiden University, Wageningen University, the Eindhoven University of Technology and TI-COAST.

Read more about the NMR-NL roadmap at http://www.nmr-nl.org

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"The FP7 WeNMR (project# 261572) and H2020 West-Life (project# 675858) European e-Infrastructure projects are acknowledged for the use of their web portals, which make use of the EGI infrastructure and DIRAC4EGI service with the dedicated support of CESNET-MetaCloud, INFN-PADOVA, NCG-INGRID-PT, RAL-LCG2, TW-NCHC, SURFsara and NIKHEF, and the additional support of the national GRID Initiatives of Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, UK, South Africa, Malaysia, Taiwan and the US Open Science Grid."
And the following article describing the WeNMR portals should be cited:
Wassenaar et al. (2012). WeNMR: Structural Biology on the Grid.J. Grid. Comp., 10:743-767.


The WeNMR Virtual Research Community has been the first to be officially recognized by the EGI.

European Union

WeNMR is an e-Infrastructure project funded under the 7th framework of the EU. Contract no. 261572

WestLife, the follow up project of WeNMR is a Virtual Research Environment e-Infrastructure project funded under Horizon 2020. Contract no. 675858