Big Data Exploitation in Life Sciences

Modern life sciences use increasingly complex analytical methods that generate large amounts of data to be evaluated. This requires extensive knowledge and powerful bioinformatics tools.
The German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure – de.NBI contributes to solving this challenge.
de.NBI is a national, academic, and non-profit research infrastructure initiated in 2015 as a joint project of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF, 2015-2021).
Our main goals are:  
  • Provision of comprehensive first-class bioinformatics tools & services for life sciences and biomedicine
  • Bioinformatics training through a broad range of workshops and courses
  • Provision cloud computing resources for academia in Germany
  • Transfer of expertise between academia and industry through our Industrial Forum
  • Fostering the cooperation between the German bioinformatics community and international bioinformatics networks such as ELIXIR Europe
The network provides bioinformatics services and comprehensive compute resources to researchers in life sciences and biomedicine in Germany and throughout Europe. In addition, our members offer training events, courses, and summer schools on tools, standards, data management, workflows, and compute resources from the de.NBI portfolio to assist scientists to more effectively analyse and visualize their data. 
The de.NBI consists of eight interconnected service centers plus one coordination unit including more than 40 research, service and infrastructure groups with about 150 bioinformaticians actively contributing. In addition, it is possible to apply for an associated partnership within de.NBI.
Since August 2016 the German Node of ELIXIR, ELIXIR Germany, is run by de.NBI partners.
From 2022, the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH as a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers has been entrusted with the consolidation of the de.NBI.

Introduction Video 


In May 2013, the funding guidelines for a German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI) were published by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The aim of this funding line was the establishment of an infrastructure that will provide solutions to the ‘Big Data Problem’ in life sciences by means of bioinformatics services and training. A second call of funding guidelines for de.NBI partner projects was announced in November 2015 to complete the topics spectrum. The de.NBI program was finally launched in March 2015 and the partner projects started their work in November 2016. 

Coordinator of the project and Head of the German ELIXIR Node was Alfred Pühler, Bielefeld University, (2015-2021).

The BMBF funding was granted 2015 to 2021. By decision of the Federal Government from November 2020, the de.NBI will be continued by the Forschungszentrum Jülich, a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Reserach Centers.