The NERC Environmental Bioinformatics Centre

The NERC Environmental Bioinformatics Centre
Funded by the NERC Environmental Genomics and the Post-Genomics & Proteomics Thematic Programmes

Bioinformatics Solutions
The NEBC bioinformaticians work as a team to provide software solutions, bioinformatics and analysis consultation, training, and a customised computing platform for scientific research.

Tools and systems developed by the NEBC:
EST software: trace2dbest, PartiGene
Transcriptomics software: GeneSpring, maxd
Software is provided on a customised Linux system called Bio-Linux.
Other software tools developed by the NEBC: Software Projects
See a full list of bioinformatics software on the current version of Bio-Linux”

Funding for UK researchers

BBSRC provides over £200m of funding per year to scientists working in UK universities and in the eight BBSRC-sponsored research institutes. BBSRC’s funding supports over 7000 scientists, postgraduate students and support staff in the UK.”
Funding schemes include research grants, studentships and training, fellowships, business and innovation, international and communicating science.

EPSRC Funding for Researchers

EPSRC Funding for Researchers
“We are the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing around £500 million a year in a broad range of subjects – from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering.
We operate to meet the needs of industry and society by working in partnership with universities to invest in people and scientific discovery and innovation. The knowledge and expertise gained maintains a technological leading edge, builds a strong economy and improves people’s quality of life.
Our work is complementary to other research investors including other research councils, government agencies, industry and the European Union. We actively engage in and encourage partnerships and collaborations across disciplines, boundaries and the world.
We also actively promote public engagement in science, engineering and technology.”

EBI Databases

“The main missions of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) centre on building, maintaining and providing biological databases and information services to support data deposition and exploitation.

Some of the databases we manage include:
* EMBL Nucleotide Database – Europe’s primary collection of nucleotide sequences is maintained in collaboration with Genbank (USA) and DDBJ (Japan)
* UniProt Knowledgebase – a complete annotated protein sequence database
* Macromolecular Structure Database – European Project for the management and distribution of data on macromolecular structures
* ArrayExpress – for gene expression data
* Ensembl – Providing up to date completed metazoic genomes and the best possible automatic annotation.
* IntAct – Provides a freely available, open source database system and analysis tools for protein interaction data.

We have many other databases available including literature citation databases such as Medline. You can browse the databases we have available by choosing the appropriate category on the left navigation column.”