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BBSRC review of the computational requirements of the biological sciences

20 January 2011

The BBSRC Review of the Computational Requirements of the Biological Sciences was conducted to provide an evidence base to underpin the Council's strategy, including involvement in future national facilities for high performance computing (HPC).

The review report is can be found in the downloads section.

BBSRC's Tools and Resources Strategy Panel (renamed in February 2012 as the 'Exploiting New Ways of Working Strategy Advisory Panel') received the review report in spring 2009. The Panel supported the Review's findings and agreed to oversee the implementation of the recommendations. In autumn 2009, the review report was considered by BBSRC's Strategy Advisory Board. The Board recognised that use of the HPC national facility is a niche activity for the bioscience research community and any further BBSRC financial commitments should be adjusted to reflect anticipated future use. Since 2009, BBSRC has taken steps to implement the review recommendations. For example, two calls of the Tools and Resources Development Fund (£2.5M budget for each call) explicitly encouraged applications to develop new HPC software relevant to the biosciences.

Further information is available from Dr Michael Ball, Strategy and Policy Officer, Research Group, BBSRC.


Michael Ball

tel: 01793 413282
fax: 01793 413234