The project is facilitated by cutting-edge facilities and state-of-the-art technological platforms hosted by GRAL labs and by European partner institutes – the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), and the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), instrumental for advanced research in integrated structural and cellular biology.
With the success of the « Infrastructures Nationales » FRISBI and ProFI projects, GRAL’s research labs have strenghtened state-of-the-art platforms. Within GRAL, efforts are concentrated on making maximal use of these platforms. GRAL platforms have been and are supported by:
- The purchase of mid-size equipment
- The recruitment of engineers and post-docs for methodological developments on the platforms (GRAL1)
- The reorganisation of existing platforms: a new Joint Service Unit (UMS 3518, www.isbg.fr) for integrated structural biology was created on 1st January 2013. The unit unified the technical platforms of IBS and of the Unit of Virus Host Cell Interactions in order to facilitate advanced research by the national and international scientific community and by private companies.
- The financial contribution of the running costs of the GRAL platforms, in order to maintain the platforms at state-of-the art level and to secure access for the GRAL research teams at reasonable costs.