About Us

The CLIMB project (Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics) is a collaboration between Warwick, Birmingham, Cardiff, Swansea, Bath and Leicester Universities and the Quadram Institute Bioscience to develop and deploy a world leading cyber-infrastructure for microbial bioinformatics, providing cloud-based compute, storage, and analysis tools for academic microbiologists across the UK, accompanied by a wide range of bioinformatics training activities. CLIMB has become an essential national capability for microbiologists in the UK, serving more than 900 users and over 300 research groups scattered across at least 85 research institutions—from Edinburgh to Exeter, from Belfast to Norwich—spanning universities and government agencies (e.g. PHE, PHW, APHA). CLIMB has won international recognition via 2017 HPC Wire Readers Choice Awards in Best Use of HPC in Life Sciences and Best HPC Collaboration in Academia, Government or Industry CLIMB has provided training in bioinformatics to thousands of academics, students and clinical microbiologists across the UK and as far afield as Palestine, Gambia or Vietnam. CLIMB is funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council through grant MR/L015080/1.   A paper describing CLIMB was published on Microbial Genomics in 2016. To know more about CLIMB, here's a video of Mark Pallen introducing the project during the launch event.

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Using Climb

How to register for an account and how to launch and access virtual machines

System Highlights

Processing power, storage and memory capacity

System Specifics

What hardware we use to power and run the system

Latest News


Podcast from the January meeting in The Gambia

by Lisa Marchioretto | Thursday, May 14th, 2020

In January 2020, microbiologists and bioinformaticians from West Asia, West Africa and from the UK participated in an MRC CLIMB … Read More… Podcast from the January meeting in The Gambia



by Lisa Marchioretto | Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

The press release from the Quadram Institute Bioscience, announcing CLIMB-BIG-DATA and the funding boost for cloud-computing supporting microbial bioinformatics is … Read More… QIB announces CLIMB-BIG-DATA