Introduction to the FAIRplus project

The FAIRplus project aims to develop tools and guidelines for making life science data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). The project has 22 partners from academia and industry, and runs from January 2019 to June 2022. See About the project and the news story on the ELIXIR website.

Attendees at the FAIRplus kickoff meeting
Project participants at the kickoff meeting in January 2019

Project overview


ELIXIR and Janssen


  • To establish a process for selecting and prioritising IMI project databases for FAIRification.
  • To develop guidelines, tools and metrics needed to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR).
  • To deliver tailored training for data handlers (academia, SMEs and pharmaceuticals).
  • To change and sustain the data management culture in pharma, academia and SMEs.
  • To organise FAIR 'Innovation and SME Events' to foster an innovation ecosystem on FAIR open data to power future reuse, knowledge generation, and societal benefit.


22 participants (12 academic, 7 EFPIA, 3 SME)

Work Packages and their leaders


42 months (January 2019 - June 2022)


€8.23M (€4M H2020 EC funding, €4.23M EFPIA in-kind)


See also the factsheet on the IMI website.


Herman Van Vlijmen
Herman Van Vlijmen
(Head of Computational Chemistry, Janssen)
Project Leader
Serena Scollen
Serena Scollen
(Head of Human Genomics and Translational Data, ELIXIR)
Project Coordinator
Hannah Hurst
Hannah Hurst
Project Manager at ELIXIR
Paul Peeters
Paul Peeters
Project Manager at Janssen