TRANSVAC (project completed)

European Network of Vaccine Research and Development


Although expertise already exists within Europe spanning different diseases types, there is currently very limited coordination between vaccine Research and Development (R&D) groups, assay developers, and vaccine producers. Unarguably, fragmentation of expertise and facilities has slowed and in some instances distinctly impeded the development and validation of promising vaccines. To address these challenges the European vaccine development community needs to establish a collaborative vaccine development infrastructure based on shared visions and goals.

Despite Europe’s significant vaccine R&D expertise, there is currently a strong need to improve cooperative efforts between R&D groups and vaccine producers across Europe. At present, any R&D group wishing to develop a new experimental vaccine needs to individually locate and approach a fragmented and non-harmonised group of vaccine development service providers.


TRANSVAC is a collaborative infrastructure project funded under the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme which aims to accelerate the development of promising vaccine candidates by bridging the gap between academic research and clinical trials. In order to reach this goal, TRANSVAC is offering a complimentary set of coordinated vaccine R&D facilities.

The project has emerged as the joint effort of leading European groups in the field of vaccine development, and is coordinated by the European Vaccine Initiative (EVI). TRANSVAC’s vaccine development facilities are not linked to any particular type of disease.

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Major Milestones:

TRANSVAC will strengthen collaboration between European vaccine R&D groups, assay developers and vaccine producers, and is addressing the fragmentation of expertise and facilities in vaccine research.

  • RESEARCH - improving the use of assays, adjuvants, animal models, standardised reagents, microarrays and protein expression in relation to the development of experimental vaccines
  • NETWORKING - providing training in vaccine development, harmonising assays, and harmonising microarrays
  • SUPPORT - providing researchers with access to: adjuvant formulation, animal models, microarray analysis, and assays / standards.


The support activities are accessible to research groups across Europe working in vaccine development. They are not restricted to any disease in particular.

Access to Services

Access to TRANSVAC services is for a period of up to three months for organisations fulfilling a simple set of prerequisites:

  • Engagement in vaccine Research and Development
  • The group leader and the majority of scientists on the team work at an institution 
    established in a European Member State or Associated State
  • The group leader and the majority of scientists on the team work in a country other than the country where the infrastructure is to be implemented
  • The organisation is allowed to disseminate the foreground generated during the stay of the team
  • The organisation is complying with the selection criteria described in the following:
    • Description of the work to be carried out on the site in question, and provision of background information supporting the scientific merit of the project;
    • Evaluation by an independent “Scientific Advisory Committee” composed of international experts in vaccine development, by assessing the proposal according to the principles of transparency, fairness and impartiality;
    • Scientific merit and excellence are the main selection criteria.


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