The French scientific community has set up a national infrastructure of services in bioinformatics called “Institut Français de Bioinformatique” (IFB). IFB is on the roadmap of the French Ministry of Research as the reference institute of bioinformatics and as the French ELIXIR Node.

Collaborating organisations

IFB consists of a national hub (IFB-core), 21 bioinformatics facilities and 7 associated teams affiliated to the main French research organizations:

  • CNRS: National Centre for Scientific Research
  • INRAE: National Institute  of Research on Agriculture, Food and Environment
  • CEA: Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission
  • INRA: National Institute for Agriculture Research
  • INRIA: National Institute for Computer Science and Control
  • INSERM: National Institute for Health and Medical Research
  • CIRAD : agricultural research for development
  • Pasteur Institute
  • Curie Institute
  • French universities

Provision of services

FB/ELIXIR-FR provides a range of services :

  • Curated specialized databases
  • Online tools and services (development of original software tools and databases, packaging, virtualisation, workflows, …)
  • Dedicated IT infrastructures (federated cloud and cluster)
  • Support to life scientists on their research projects (consulting, data analysis, custom workflows)
  • Training
  • Innovating approaches in integrative bioinformatics
  • Data management plans.

IFB/ELIXIR-FR potentially supports all the research domains covered by the partner research institutes with recognized assets in all the domains of Life Sciences and their applications to  Health, Plant sciences, Marine ecology, Microbial biotechnologies.

Head of Node

Claudine Medigue and Jacques van Helden (Joint Head of Node)

Technical Coordinator

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Christophe Blanchet
(CNRS: National Centre for Science Research)

Training Coordinator

Victoria Dominguez del Angel
Victoria Dominguez del Angel
(CNRS: National Centre for Science Research)

Deputy Head of Node

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Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon
(URGV - Plant Genomics Research)


French Institute of Bioinformatics (IFB)

Participating institutes

Lead institute