Using public data resources? Help EBI make them better

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) requests your support in completing their annual user survey about how you use biological databases, tools, and other resources.I am writing on behalf of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) to request your support in completing our annual user survey: a series of 39 questions about how you use biological databases, tools, and other resources. Your answers are important, as they help us better understand how our resources are used.

If you are a wet-lab scientist, or if you rarely (or never) use bioinformatics services, we still value your input. The more users tell us about their experiences, the better, so please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues.

The survey will take 15–20 minutes to complete, and it will close on Friday 29 November 2015.

We really appreciate your participation in our annual survey, as we know you have many demands on your time. As a token of our appreciation, anyone who completes the survey can enter to win a Raspberry Pi 2 computer.

You can find the survey here.

Thanks very much, in advance, for your participation.


Ewan Birney Director, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)

5 Independent Research Career Development Fellowships at WISB (deadline 2 Dec)

Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB) is looking for ambitious postdoctoral researchers who wish to begin development of an independent career in synthetic biology. Five independent Research Career Development Fellowships are offered for 4 years. For more information, please see attached poster and More info and applications on the University of Warwick HR website (vacancy ref: 76911-105 - deadline 2 Dec) Information Flyer (PDF)

HVCfP Proof of Concept Fund (closes 8 Sep 2015)

More info on HVCfP site HVCfP has a fund of £800,000 for proof of concept research and we have now awarded £270,473 of this fund. Funds are open to Network members who are eligible to receive BBSRC funding.

HVCfP aims to encourage novel, technology-based solutions to major industry problems whilst promoting scientific excellence. Therefore, our priority for awarding funds is for scientific excellence combined with research ideas that have clear potential for further funding or have a route to commercial translation. In addition, we encourage funding to be used to access technology providers or for collaborative work to enable rapid progression of research.

Proof of Concept Funding – round three now OPEN

Our third Proof of Concept call is now open. You should submit your application by 12 noon on Tuesday, 8th September. If you have an inquiry, please contact Caroline Calvert (caroline.calvert@york.ac.uk) by 21st August 2015. You will informed of the outcome of your application by the end of October 2015.

Proof of Concept applications consists of four separate documents:

  • PoC application form (download the Round Three form from the resources box on the left hand side of this page)
  • Case for support (5 pages maximum – a template is given at the end of the PoC application form)
  • Lead applicant CV (2 pages maximum)
  • Letter of support from lead applicant’s institution

The updated operational guidelines for proof of concept awards and the application process can be downloaded from the resources panel. Please read these guidelines before applying. Any questions regarding proof of concept funding should be directed to Caroline Calvert, caroline.calvert@york.ac.uk.