Facilities and resources - BBSRC


Find a BBSRC facility or resource

Central Laser Facility

You can apply for instrument time to use the various laser and imaging systems relevant to bioscience at the Central Laser Facility at Harwell:

  • Artemis
  • Ultra.

Find out more about the Central Laser Facility.


You can get beamtime through:

Research Complex at Harwell

You can make use of the joint BBSRC, MRC, STFC, EPSRC, NERC and Diamond Light Source Research Complex at Harwell. The complex is a mix of research hubs, individual groups and facilities in the physical, life and laser sciences. You can apply to use the facilities if you’re a UK-based research team or Diamond and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory staff.

Find out more about the Research Complex at Harwell.

Synchrotron radiation

You can apply for beamtime at:

  • Diamond Light Source, Harwell
  • European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) based in Grenoble, France
  • other international synchrotron resources – you’ll need to explain why you need to use another facility in your funding application.

Find out how to apply for beamtime at the Diamond Light Source, Harwell.

Find out how to apply for beamtime at ESRF.

UK High-Field Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

You can apply for instrument time at the national high-field solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance facility located at Warwick University.

Find out more about the UK High-Field Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility.

Bioinformatics and computation

You can access and analyse molecular data through:

  • European Bioinformatics Institute – the world’s most comprehensive range of freely available and up-to-date molecular data resources
  • Collaborative Computational Projects – provides CCP4 software for determination of macromolecular structures by X-ray crystallography.

BioLayout Express 3D

You can download BioLayout, an open-source visual analytics platform for the interpretation of large and complex biological datasets rendered as networks.

Biological resources

You can source biological resources from two centres.

Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock Centre

The Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock Centre provides seed and information to the International Arabidopsis Genome Programme and researchers. It also provides free access to:

  • GARNet – a UK Arabidopsis functional genomics network
  • UK CropNet – a crop bioinformatics network.

Roslin Institute Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) resource Centre

TSE Resource Centre collects, stores, characterises, produces and distributes reagents needed for TSE research.

Data sharing and data resources

You can use the following resources when planning your data sharing strategy:

  • European Nucleotide Archive – Europe’s primary nucleotide sequence resource (also known as the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database)
  • FlyBase – database of the Drosophila genome
  • FAIRsharing – repository and community of data-sharing statements and standards in genomics and postgenomics
  • UniProt – complete annotated protein sequence database
  • IntAct Molecular Interaction Database – protein interaction database and analysis system
  • Expert Protein Analysis System(Expasy) – a proteomics server of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics for analysis of protein sequences and structures and 2-D PAGE
  • Protein Circular Dichroism Data Bank (PCDDB) – open-access archiving facility for circular dichroism and synchrotron radiation spectral data
  • Protein Data Bank in Europe – provides tools and resources for studying the structures of biological macromolecules and their relationships to sequence, function and disease
  • ArrayExpress – gene expression data
  • NCBI Geo – online database for curated gene expression data
  • WormBase – the central data repository for information about Caenorhabditis elegans and related nematodes
  • ComBase – database for the growth kinetics of food-borne pathogens
  • BioGRID – database and biomedical interaction repository for biological interactions.

Genetics and genomics

You can use the following genetic and genomics resources:

High performance computing

You can access high performance computing through the following:


You can use the following imaging resources:

Molecular biology

You can use the following molecular biology resources:

Protein structure and function

You can use the following protein structure and function resources:

  • DichroWeb – online analysis for protein circular dichroism spectra
  • SUPERFAMILY – a database of structural and functional annotation for proteins and genomes
  • Phyre2 – a protein modelling resource for the prediction of protein structure
  • PSIPRED – a web-based workbench for predicting protein structure and function
  • Jalview – a free Java program for multiple amino-acid sequence alignment editing.

Systems approaches to biology

You can use the following resources to support a systems approach to biology:

Last updated: 1 September 2022

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