Remote NMR (R-NMR): Moving NMR infrastructures to remote access capabilities

Acronym
R-NMR
Grant Agreement ID
101058595
Programmes
HORIZON.1.3 – Research infrastructures (main)
HORIZON.1.3.1 – Consolidating and Developing the Landscape of European Research Infrastructures
HORIZON.1.3.4 – Reinforcing European Research Infrastructure policy and International Cooperation
Call reference
HORIZON-INFRA-2021-DEV-01
Funding sheme
CSA – Coordination and support action
Implementation period
01.07.2022 – 30.06.2025
Project Coordinator
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt am Main (BMRZ)
Partners
25 Academic NMR research centers, including Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis
Budget
€ 1 350 000 (EU contribution)
Web-site
r-nmr.eu

Remote NMR (R-NMR) is 3 years project by 26 European NMR groups/entities that aims to design and deliver a platform for remote access capabilities to Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) Research infrastructures (RIs).

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) is one of the major analytical methods applied in all chemical, physical, biological, and medical sciences. NMR’s leading role stems from its analytical power in terms of molecular resolution, quantification, reproducibility, and broad application envelope. It requires sophisticated and expensive equipment, operated by scientists with diverse background ranging from service-oriented researchers to highly trained experts. The aggregated capital investment in European NMR facilities, operating at local, national, and European level, exceeds 500 Million Euro. The NMR community maintains excellent networking between sites and serves a broad community within the focal points of European research interests.

With the application Remote-NMR (R-NMR), the Consortium wish to establish remote access for all NMR users throughout Europe. While ordinary NMR applications are routine in every university and in industry, more specialized applications are performed in dedicated RIs offering access and help to local and outside users. During the pandemic, NMR infrastructures slowed down their operations to variable degrees, and particularly access by remote users dropped significantly, raising the need to establish standardized procedures for remote access to improve their resilience to adverse external factors. This project aims to establish an inclusive network of NMR-infrastructures throughout Europe, to survey if and how remote access can be made possible according to the needs of the community, and to implement GDPR at facilities and sample shipment procedures. Routines for remote NMR-usage will be also established, including dissemination of research and teaching protocols, archiving of data, and sample shipment. The overall CO2 footprint of the operation of the consortium will be evaluated, as well as its reduction due to the reduction of travels.

Additionally, to achieve a sustainable long-term remote usage of NMR infrastructures the consortium will attempt to provide the users the possibility to perform measurements remotely, with an experience that is comparable with the on-site access.
In the light of the above, R-NMR plans to carry out the following major activities:

  • Harmonization of remote access and measurement procedures
  • Definition of standard experimental and data archiving/sharing approaches to align the performance of all centers and enable remote measurement by non-experts
  • Training on remote measurements and remote data analysis