CCDC Launches The FAIRE Programme to Support International Crystallography

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August 30, 2017

The Frank H. Allen International Research & Education Programme to provide long-term grants to enable academic structural chemistry studies in developing countries.


Cambridge, United Kingdom, and Piscataway, NJ, USA, August 28th, 2017. The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (The CCDC) announces the creation of a programme to support structural chemistry research and education in developing countries around the world. This initiative provides three-year grants to qualifying universities, enabling unlimited access to the Cambridge Structural Database (the CSD), the world’s resource of small molecule crystal structures, and a platform of software applications which inform teaching and research in areas such as crystallography, drug design and development, and new materials research. The Frank H. Allen International Research & Education Programme is dedicated to the memory of the CCDC’s former Executive Director. Dr. Allen led the Centre from 2002 to 2008, during which time he was passionate about bringing the crystallographic knowledge held within the CSD to the widest possible international community of structural chemists. The new programme helps address the challenges faced by scientists in countries with restricted financial resources. The three-year grants will be renewable, and will completely cover the costs of crystallographic database, applications and teaching materials for an entire university campus. The development, to be announced at the 2017 International Union of Crystallography Congress, in Hyderabad, India, is warmly welcomed by Prof. Graciela Díaz de Delgado of the Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela: “The programme being created by CCDC to honour Dr Frank Allen’s legacy will certainly make a big difference to researchers and educators from many countries with financial difficulties. It will allow crystallographers and other scientists, who commonly struggle with economic hardships, to have access to the important tools centred around the Cambridge Structural Database. We are very grateful to the CCDC for establishing such a programme.”  The CCDC’s Chair of Trustees, Professor Paul R Raithby FRSC, University of Bath, added “It is our mission to ensure that all researchers and educators are able to access the wealth of information contained within the CSD, and hope that through this programme we enable scientists to pursue new avenues of structural chemistry research.” The CCDC will welcome applications from qualifying countries from September 1st, 2017, with the first grants running from January 1st, 2018. Information on the programme is available at /Community/FAIRE/. For further information, please contact Dr. Amy Sarjeant, CCDC: About the CCDC The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre is dedicated to the advancement of chemistry and crystallography for the public benefit. The CCDC supports structural chemistry research through the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), the world’s comprehensive, current and curated knowledge base of small molecule crystal structures. The CSD comprises over 900,000 entries and the CCDC enhances its value to research scientists worldwide through state-of-the-art software for receptor modeling, ligand design, docking, lead optimization and formulation studies. The CSD products are delivered to research organizations worldwide, including over 1,400 academic institutions and the world’s top pharmaceutical and chemical companies.