This week's big news is that we've completed the final formalities on a new European grant. COBRA stands for Coordination of Biological and Chemical IT Research Activities, and it's a three-year coordination action funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
The project is one of several funded under the Future and Emerging Technologies Proactive initiative, and the constituent projects are NEUNEU, MATCH-IT, BACTOCOM and ECCell.
The main objectives of the project are to create a sustainable European research community in the emerging area of "biological and chemical-based IT", and to write a definitive roadmap document on how this field might develop, its main challenges and opportunities, and how its potential impact on society at large.
MMU will coordinate the overall project activity, and our first meeting will be held in Manchester next January.