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Launch of VetBioNet – a European project to combat animal infectious diseases

The overall objective of the European infrastructure project VetBioNet is to establish a comprehensive network of pre-eminent high-containment research facilities, academic institutes, international organizations and industry partners that is dedicated to advance research on epizootic and zoonotic diseases and to promote technological developments. Coordinated by INRA, VetBioNet assembles 30 partners from 14 different countries (including 9 EU member states) and has received 10 Mio € of funding from the European Commission (EC) for a project period of 5 years. The project will be kicked-off with the consortium meeting April 4-5th in Tours.

Updated on 04/06/2017
Published on 04/05/2017

The unpredictability and speed of the transboundary spread of emerging epizootic and zoonotic diseases necessitates transnational cooperation between academic institutes, industries, international One Health organizations and policy makers, in order to tackle the present and future animal and public health threats. In response to this imperative, VetBioNet has been established as a multidisciplinary network that seeks to drive the European Research & Development agenda related to emerging epizootic and zoonotic diseases.

The VetBioNet (Veterinary Biocontained research facility Network) project involves the contribution of two INRA research units and three INRA platforms1 and constitutes an international network of 30 partners from the academic and private sector. The project’s principal objectives are to reinforce the cooperation between Europe’s leading high-containment research infrastructures, to provide access to the high-end research facilities of the network, and to further improve the technical standard of the services provided.
VetBioNet is funded by the EC Horizon 2020 INFRAIA program allocating 10 Mio € for a project duration of 5 years (2017-21). This EC funding instrument specifically supports advanced infrastructure communities. The VetBioNet network has attained an advanced degree of cooperation through the implementation of the previous infrastructure project NADIR (Network for Animal Diseases and Infectiology Research, 2009-2013)2 which has already assembled 12 of the present consortium members.

The integrating activities of the VetBioNet infrastructure project are threefold:
- Joint Research Activities (JRAs) of the project partners related to animal infectious diseases and their prevention and control
- Networking Activities (NAs) to foster the cooperation between project partners and to forge cooperative relationships with other European or international research initiatives, industrial stakeholders, international organizations and policy makers.
- Transnational Access Activities (TNAs) – that is to say, providing access to the high-containment facilities and technical resources of the consortium. This free-of-charge access will be provided to researchers or enterprises proposing a sound project related to specific epizootic and zoonotic diseases.

1. Involved in the VetBioNet project: Joint Research Unit for Animal Infectiology and Public Health (INRA, Université François Rabelais de Tours), Joint Research Unit for Reproductive and Behavioural Physiology (INRA, CNRS, Université François Rabelais de Tours, Ifce), Experimental Infectiology Platform at INRA Loire Valley, Rodent and Fish Experimental Infectiology Unit and Molecular Virology and Immunology Research Unit at INRA Jouy-en-Josas and INRA-Transfert. In France, ANSES is also a partner of the project.
2. This European consortium compromised 16 units among which 14 European infectious platforms; almost 50 external teams had access during NADIR project.

Scientific contact(s):

  • Frédéric Lantier, VetBioNet project coordinator (33 (0)2 47 42 78 68) Joint Research Unit for Animal Infectiology and Public Health (INRA, Université François-Rabelais de Tours)
  • Sascha Trapp (33 (0)2 47 42 77 47) Joint Research Unit for Animal Infectiology and Public Health (INRA, Université François-Rabelais de Tours)
Press Relations:
Inra Press Office (+33 (0)1 42 75 91 86)
Associated Division(s):
Animal Health , Animal Physiology and Livestock Systems , Microbiology and the Food Chain
Associated Centre(s):
Val de Loire, Jouy-en-Josas

The VetBioNet consortium

The VetBioNet consortium comprises a total of 30 academic or private partners from nine EU Member States (France, Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Ireland and Italy) and five Associated/Third Countries (Switzerland, Kenya, United-States, Canada and Australia). Most of the European VetBioNet partners from the academic sector (INRA, Central Veterinary Institute (Netherlands), Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (Germany), The Pirbright Institute, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Moredun Research Institute, The Roslin Institute - University of Edinburgh, University of Nottingham (Great Britain), Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentaries (Spain), Aarhus University (Denmark), ANSES (France)) participated in the NADIR project. The list of academic partners contributing to the VetBioNet project is now completed by five European (Państwowy Instytut Weterynaryjny (Poland), Marine Scotland (Great Britain), Erasmus Medical Centre (Netherlands), University College Dublin National - University of Ireland Dublin (Ireland), Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (Italy)) and five Associated/Third Country organisations (Eidgenössisches Volkswirtschaftdepartment (Switzerland), International Livestock Research Institute (Kenya), Plum Island Animal Disease center (US), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (Canada), Australian Animal Health Laboratory (Australia)). As well as these 23 academic partners, there are six European industrial partners (InSCREENeX, Leica, Noldus, EpiBio, Vertebrate Antibody Limited and Ingenasa).