The European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge is set to receive £45 million from the UK government to increase its computing power.
The money, which is not new, comes from UK Research and Innovation’s Strategic Priorities Fund, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said on 14 March. It forms part of a £200m allocation to research in Cambridge, Edinburgh and Oxfordshire, announced ahead of the chancellor’s spring statement, which was delivered on 13 March.
The institute is run by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, which is an intergovernmental organisation with 26 mostly European member states. Situated on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridge, it makes biological data available to scientists around the world, conducts basic research and provides bioinformatics training. It currently supports initiatives such as the UK Biobank and the Human Cell Atlas, which aims to map every cell type in the human body.