web requests made to our websites on an average day
jointly-funded with 577 institutes from 62 countries, in 2019 alone
545,000 unique IPs
accessed our Train online platform in 2020
The EMBL-EBI premises are closed but our staff are working remotely to maintain existing EMBL-EBI data resources, and we have launched several initiatives to enable researchers to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2015 we worked with a management consultancy, Charles Beagrie Ltd., to facilitate a large-scale, economic analysis of the institute’s impact on research practice and the global economy.
45% of users
said they could neither have created/collected the last data they used themselves, nor obtained it elsewhere
EMBL-EBI data and services contributed to the wider realisation of future research impacts worth £920m annually or £6.9b over 30 years (NPV)
EMBL-EBI data and services directly underpinned an estimated £335m of research last year or £2.5b over 30 years (NPV)
£1bn to £5bn
Direct efficiency impact of EMBL-EBI data, representing direct worth of between £5,382 to £26,000 per respondent per annum
This work, encouraged by the BBSRC, fed into a new framework for impact assessment. The resulting report included a survey of over 4000 data-service users, 45% of whom indicated that they could neither have created nor collected themselves the last data they used, nor obtained it elsewhere. The findings demonstrate the vital role of public databases in life-science research, and indicate that for every million pounds invested in EMBL-EBI, roughly 20 million pounds is returned to the global economy.