Project Structure


Consortium Management
The overall coordinator of the EUPRIM-NET is the director of the DPZ. He has overall responsibility for the management of the infrastructure and acts as the intermediary between the EC, the External Advisory, Scientific and Governmental Boards, and the partner institutes. At a practical level, he shares the management of the network with the director of the BPRC who is the vice-coordinator of the network. The coordinator and vice-coordinator are supported by a central management team responsible for the administrative and financial management at the consortium level. The overall management includes the activity manager who is responsible for coordinating the technical activities.
The overall management is characterised by continuous activities (administrative management, dissemination of information), by periodical activities (meetings) during the term of the I3 and any other management activities at the consortium. In the first half of the project a structure for dissemination of the information, the internet presentation including the implementation of the joined database combining the information from the institutes has to be constructed. The management team offers central services for the financial, legal and other administrative issues of the project. It is responsible for the organisation of the meetings as well as the compilation and distribution of information to relevant parties. It provides the External Advisory Board and the Scientific and Governmental Board with all information needed for the supervision of the network.

External Advisory Board (EAB)
The External Advisory Board consists of four senior scientists. One of these experts will be delegated from the Animals Welfare Committee. The EAB supervises the progress of EUPRIM-NET and gives guidance, recommendation and support to the consortium in all critical scientific and policy aspects. Further, the EAB evaluates the results from the point of view of the interests of user organisations (other research institutes, industry, European Commission). The EAB appoints a chairman from its members.

The EAB receives the annual report of the network and meets with the scientific community of the network at the meetings after the second and third year. Based on the annual reports and the results of the meeting the EAB gives comments and recommendations regarding the scientific progress of the network.

Scientific and Governmental Board (SGB)
Each EUPRIM-NET Institute will appoint a representative to the Scientific and Governmental Board (SGB). The eight members of the SGB appoint a chair to lead the board. The SGB supervises EUPRIM-NET. The SGB convenes in person at the meetings of the scientific community.

User Selection Panel (USP)
To ensure the high ethical standards of experimental work with living animals the scientific and experimental quality of proposals for such work in the Access Activities are reviewed by an international User Selection Panel (USP) of experts covering the research items of the Access Activities. Criteria for selection of proposals will be defined at the first USP meeting. The USP can also be asked for help in resolving other access issues.

Animal Welfare Committee (AWC)
An Animal Welfare Committee consisting of three independent experts is established to advise the Scientific and Governmental Board on ethical issues including those related to the uses of the infrastructure provided. The members of the AWC have long term experiences in the behaviour and welfare of primates and are experts in this field. One member of the AWC is appointed by the committee to join the External Advisory Board. This ensures a good flow of information between the two groups. The members of the AWC can participate in all meetings of EUPRIM-NET and can request all information necessary for their work. The AWC provides a written report to the European Commission that will be included in the annual report of EUPRIM-NET. Besides advising the Scientific and Governmental Board the AWC is responsible for ensuring that the work carried out in the research projects comply with FP6 ethical standards.

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