EBRAINS Germany established

14. March 2024

The European Commission has accepted the EBRAINS 2.0 proposal submitted in response to the INFRASERV call, granting €38 million for the further development of services of the EBRAINS research infraEBRAINS Germany, the German National Node of the EBRAINS digital research infrastructure for neuroscience, has been formally established with the signing of a cooperation agreement between six participating institutions, among them the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS).

The founding institutions and researchers behind EBRAINS Germany bring together a strong expertise in computational neuroscience, clinical research, and computer science, marking a significant milestone in advancing collaborative research efforts in Europe. EBRAINS Germany partners offer unique open science tools for neuroscience, medical applications, and industry.

Rebecca Wade (Photo: HITS)

Members of EBRAINS Germany can actively shape the future development of EBRAINS services according to the specific needs of the German research communities. In addition, national and international interdisciplinary networking is being strengthened and new avenues for collaboration within the consortium are fostered.

“HITS has a longtime record in this network, starting in the Human Brain Project in 2013, and later joining EBRAINS as an associate member”, says Rebecca Wade, head of the Molecular and Cellular Modeling group, who represents the institute. “As a member of EBRAINS Germany, we contribute to the development of computational modeling tools for multiscale simulation of molecular signaling cascades that are altered in brain diseases.”


EBRAINS digital research infrastructure, a key outcome and legacy of the EU-funded Human Brain Project (HBP), was officially launched in 2019. Two years later, in 2021, EBRAINS was included in the Roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). In its current phase, after the recent conclusion of the HBP, EBRAINS will complete the transition into a sustainable infrastructure. Through the recently approved EBRAINS 2.0 project, the European Commission is providing continued co-funding for the consolidation and further development of the EBRAINS RI during the years 2024-2026.  EBRAINS’ mission is to foster brain-related research and help translate the latest scientific discoveries into innovation in medicine and industry, for the benefit of patients and society. It draws on cutting-edge neuroscience and offers an extensive range of brain data sets, atlases, modelling and simulation tools, easy access to high-performance and neuromorphic computing resources.

The Research Infrastructure is organized around a central hub in Brussels that coordinates a pan-European network of services delivered through currently 11 National Nodes: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

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About HITS

HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

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