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Swiss Systems Biology Initiative announces eight Flagship Projects

The first eight Research Technology and Development (RTD) projects that, the Swiss initiative in Systems Biology, will support over the next four years have been determined. These projects include 79 Systems Biology research groups from ten Swiss universities and research institutions.

These eight projects address a diverse set of basic biological questions ranging from the role of lipids in cells to the mechanisms underlying decision-making in the brain. The 79 research groups include 39 from the two federal polytechnic schools ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne and 39 from the Swiss universities, one group is part of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB). Prof. Ralf Eichler, president of the Board of Directors commented that “the projects cover a vast field of topics and provides a unique opportunity for Swiss Systems Biologists to interact».

Each of the eight projects will be coordinated by one partner institution. Researchers from the ETH Zurich will head four RTD projects, EPF Lausanne will head two, and the Universities of Bern and Zurich will each head one. An international panel of experts was put together under the direction of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) with the specific task of selecting the projects for funding by This panel chose eight projects out of the 30 submitted. Prof. René Schwarzenbach, the SNSF panel Chairman stressed that «it was a tough competition, and some very good projects could not be considered for funding due to budget limitations.» The scientific quality and the systems biology approach of the project proposals have been the most decisive elements in the panel’s decisions. Abstracts of the new RTD projects can be found on the new website of (

The issue of budget allocations for each project is still in progress. In their current forms, the investigators requested some CHF 58 million, while has budgeted CHF 45 million for this first round of financing for RTD projects. Since the institutions involved in each project are required to invest matching funds equal to or exceeding those requested from, the total investment in this first round of RTDs will be at least CHF90 million. The definite budget allocations will be finalized in May. The next call for RTD proposals is expected in about a year.

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Members of the research initiative include the two polytechnic universities ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne, the Universities of Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Geneva, Zurich, and Fribourg, as well as the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the Friedrich Miescher Institute (FMI), and the Swiss institute of Bioinformatics (SIB). The federal government allocated a CHF 100 million budget for investment in Systems Biology research from 2008- 2011.

Systems Biology aims to explain biological regulation at a cellular, tissue, organ, or whole organism level in order to understand living systems as a whole. To do this effectively, biological data needs to be collected, interpreted, and analyzed at a level above its individual role in specific cellular mechanisms, compartments, or components. The development of computer simulations of entire biological systems based on mathematical models is equally important. This allows Biology to become a predictive quantitative science which in the long term will simplify processes such as the discovery of novel and more personalized medications.

Thomas Bernhard Mueller | alfa
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