The BioImage Archive (BIA) stores and distributes biological images that are useful to life sciences researchers. It also provides data archiving services to the broader bioimaging database community including added-value bioimaging data resources such as EMPIAR, Cell-IDR and Tissue-IDR.

The BIA’s scope is bioimaging data from molecule to organism scale, from any imaging modality, in any format that is associated with a publication, or of value beyond a single experiment. However, submission to related community resources may be more appropriate for some data types. For example, many types of Electron Microscopy (EM) image should be deposited in EMPIAR. You can find out more about the BIA’s scope, and where your data should best be archived here.

You can submit your data on our submission page. All data submitted to the BioImage Archive must be consented for a public release and the submitter self certifies that they have the rights to submit such data to a public archive.

Medical datasets that are linked to an identifiable individual and/or have a primary use in medical treatment are not in scope. Human cell lines and tissue arrays are in scope if they are not linked to an individual and do not have phenotypic data allowing for identification. In case of human image data where consent for publication is demonstrated, publication in the BioImage Archive will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Ongoing development is enabled by capital investment from the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund and operational costs supported by EMBL member state funding.