Within the Research Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (RCGEB) "Georgi D. Efremov", Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MASA) a National Reference Centre for Genomics and Proteomics is acting. This research unit was established in 2009 with a support of the FP7 Grant (REGPOT-2008-1 call, Project No. 229458, titled “National Reference Centre for Genomics and Proteomics”, Acronym MACPROGEN).

The main goals of the National Reference Centre for Genomics and Proteomics are:

1) to upgrade the RCGEB and to provide a technological platform for high throughput genomic and proteomic research that will meet the needs of the scientific community in the region;

2) to foster the networking with EU Research institutions through exchange of visits, training, collaborative projects etc.;

3) to enhance the participation of R. Macedonia in the 7th Framework Programme;

4) to promote the new trends in the field of genomics and proteomics and to disseminate the knowledge;

5) to create an improved interactive and competitive research environment that will increase the scientific carrier opportunities and will slow down the brain-drain phenomena.