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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.”

TDR Grant Opportunities

Grant opportunities through TDR
“The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is an independent global programme of scientific collaboration. Established in 1975 and co-sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), it aims to help coordinate, support and influence global efforts to combat a portfolio of major diseases of the poor and disadvantaged.”

NIH Office of Extramural Research

National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research: Grants – NIH Medical & Behavioral Research Grant Policies, Guidelines & Funding Opportunities
“The Office of Extramural Research (OER) serves as the focal point for policies and guidelines for extramural research grants administration. This office has primary responsibility for the development and implementation of NIH Grants Policy, monitoring of compliance with PHS policy on Humane Use and Care of Laboratory Animals, coordination of program guidelines, and development and maintenance of the information systems for grants administration.”

Scirus and Institute of Physics Publishing

Scirus has partnered with Institute of Physics Publishing to index the full text and metadata of its journals.

The Range of Scientific Content Scirus Covers
Scirus returns results from the whole Web, including access-controlled sites that other search engines don’t index. Scirus currently covers over 250 million science-related Web pages, including:
• 83 million .edu sites
• 25 million .org sites
• 10 million sites
• 22 million .com sites
• 6.5 million .gov sites
• Over 68 million other relevant STM and University sites from around the world

In addition to Web pages, Scirus indexes the following special sources (the numbers are approximate):
• 334,000 e-prints on
• 11,200 BioMed Central full-text articles
• 5,000 documents via Caltech
• 2,600 e-prints through Cogprints
• 63,500 full-text articles on Crystallography Journals Online
• 8,700 documents via DiVa
• 34,500 full text articles from Project Euclid
• 208,000 full text articles on Institute of Physics Publishing
• 13 million patent data via LexisNexis
• 46,500 course ware from MIT OpenCourseWare
• 12,000 NASA technical reports
• 223,000 full-text theses and dissertations via NDLTD
• 17.3 million MEDLINE citations via PubMed
• 339,000 articles via PubMed Central
• 180,000 documents via RePEc
• 6.4 million ScienceDirect full-text articles
• 330,000 full-text journal articles on Scitation
• 8,600 articles via SIAM
• 4,400 documents via T-Space”