The project will focus its activities on three priority virus groups, responsible of major human viral diseases for which the development of drugs is considered essential: flaviviridae (Dengue), picornaviridae (enterovirus 71) and paramyxoviridae (RCV and hMPV). On the other hand, exploratory researches will be performed on other virus families that have the potential to cause epidemics, like the arenaviruses group, alphaviruses, bunyaviruses, coronaviruses and noroviruses .
The SILVER project contains 6 work packages.
The project management structure aims at increasing the responsibility and autonomy of the Partners for the management, financial and legal issues, resource allocation and technical coordination. To ensure the smooth running of the project and a clear identification of roles and responsibilities, the consortium agreed on a three-level structure :
- an “Executive Level” dedicated to the day-to-day management of the project and in charge of implementing the decisions (Coordinator and Management Team)
- a “Legal level” acting as the ultimate decision making body (MT and Steering Committee);
- an “Operational Level” focusing on the scientific developments of the project (WP leaders and Task managers) It is important to monitor continuously the flow of information inside and outside the Consortium in order to maintain the coordination between activities and needs. To further this aim a robust reporting structure will be implemented. An engineer, specialised in the management of European Projects, will occupy a full time position in the management team. He/she will play an important role in the day-to-day management of the project and, as European Project Manager (EPM) specialised in administrative and financial issues, he/she will assist the Steering Committee and the coordinator in project reporting and monitoring. Special attention has also been paid to the protection and management of Background and Foreground, dissemination and protection of the intellectual property. Risk management will also be handled by the Management Team, via the IPR Manager. Management will thus ensure that the project progresses smoothly with respect to the work plan in terms of scientific activities (including ethics aspects), that it has adequate financial and management follow-up procedures and that the communication amongst the Partners is maintained throughout the project. The management procedures, the different bodies set up, and the decision making process are described in detail in part 2.1.