The Epigenome Network of Excellence

At a Glance
  • Status: Completed Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2004
  • Initiating Organization: European Commission 6th Framework Programme
  • Initiator Type: Government
  • No disease focus
  • Location: Europe


Europe has many world-leading laboratories in epigenetic research. Based on two diverse proposals, The Epigenome Network of Excellence (NoE) originally merged 25 research groups, plus 26 associate members and 12 NETs. Additional NET and associate members have joined the network, which now consists of 81 research groups. This network will tackle key questions in epigenetic research, integrate young research teams in Europe, provide the scientific community with a large spectrum of resources, including Web-based information, and disseminate scientific knowledge to scientists, students, and the wider public. 


The consortium aims to provide clear and visible benefits for the entire epigenetic community and as such supports both members and non-members with conferences, work-shops, training visits, and shared resources. It is the vision of this NoE to develop a powerful framework that can assimilate existing synergies and maintain European epigenetic research as a world-leading force.

The Epigenome NoE has four main aims:
- The first is to advance scientific discoveries via a strong joint programme of activities, of which a large part is dedicated to research carried out by member labs, alone or in collaboration.
- The second aim is to integrate young researchers into the network via a programme called Newly Established Teams (NET). NET provides funding for research and integration in the joint activity programme to promising junior investigators.
- A third aim of the network is to provide the scientific community with a large set of resources and information in epigenetic research and centralize access to the information already available from existing sources.
- A fourth aim of the Epigenome NoE is to have annual meetings and workshops that are organized around specific research topics, which will foster collaborations that are likely to be as important, if not more important, than the funding initiative itself.

Structure & Governance

The project is overseen by the European Commission’s 6th Framework Program


This consortium has successfully negotiated within the Framework 6 Programme (FP6) of the European Union (EU) for a grant of 12.5 M€ to establish a coherent European Research Area (ERA) in epigenetic research during the years 2004-2009.

Data Sharing

The consortium desires to establish open dialogue by building interactive websites for both the scientific community and general public.


For news and events surrounding The Epigenome Network of Excellence, click here

Points of Contact

Sponsors & Partners

A consortium of 25 core laboratories and 26 associate laboratories initiated the Epigenome Network of Excellence (NoE) in 2004. 

Last Updated: 06/27/2017

The Consortia-pedia Catalogue is a living resource, and we are always adding new consortia. Provide information here about your collaboration to apply to be included in the Catalogue.

All the information contained in the Consortia-pedia was collected from publically available sources. Decisions to include or exclude a particular listing from Consortia-pedia were also made on the basis of publically available information and the criteria outlined in the FAQs. This site is intended to be an objective resource for the community, and inclusion does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or approval by FasterCures or the Milken Institute.