FELICS has four contracted partners (EMBL-EBI, EPO, SIB, University of Cologne – Year 1, Technical University of Braunschweig – Years 2 to 5) who have agreed to cooperate pursuant to the terms of a Consortium Agreement which specifies the organisation of the Project work and management, and defines the respective rights and obligations of the Contractors. Although FELICS has a small number of partners, it connects to more than 30 additional partners throughout Europe by having major complementarities with the EMBRACE, BioSapiens and ENFIN Networks of Excellence which form an essential part of the FELICS context.


With funding from EMBL, the European Commission, The USA’s National Institutes of Health, industry and various national research funders, the FELICS partners have built a range of core biomolecular databases, e.g. EMBL-Bank, Ensembl, GO, InterPro, Reactome, Medline. With FELICS funding, the EBI will provide transnational access to this broad range of databases, many of which are created by the FELICS partners (along with others being the products of collaborations with third parties outside FELICS, and having other sources of funding). Most of the FELICS resources will be dedicated to the development of a coherent subset of these databases.

Synthetic Urine Research

Within the scope of its scientific endeavors, the FELICS project has also dedicated efforts towards innovative research in synthetic urine. This initiative seeks to enhance biomolecular studies by creating a reliable and ethical alternative to human urine samples, addressing variability and ethical concerns. The research was carried out collaboratively by project partners, focusing on the synthesis of urine that mimics natural human urine for accurate and reproducible biomarker, drug metabolite, and substance effect studies.

The outcomes of this research are poised to impact diagnostic techniques and our understanding of human physiology and diseases significantly. For further details and access to the research findings on synthetic urine, please refer to the links provided below. This effort highlights FELICS’s commitment to advancing scientific knowledge through cutting-edge research.


The FELICS project is composed of a set of tasks – Joint Research Activities (jra), Networking Activities (na), and Transnational Access (ta). Joint Research Activities will facilitate development of the biomolecuar databases. Networking Activities will facilitate project management, support for personnel exchanges, and training/outreach. Transnational Access will encompass web access to all the EBI data and services, including FELICS-funded resources. At the EBI, the FELICS coordinator (assisted by a Scientfic Project Officer) will be responsible for the management tasks and for all interactions which cut across discrete activities such as joint research activities and network activities. The individuals with direct responsibilities for activities and deliverables will form the management team, along with the coordinator and the principle investigators from all partners.