About Us

The CLIMB-BIG-DATA project (Cloud Infrastructure for Big Data Microbial Bioinformatics) is a collaboration between Warwick, Birmingham, Cardiff, Swansea, Bath and Leicester Universities, the MRC Unit the Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Quadram Institute Bioscience.

CLIMB-BIG-DATA is an ambitious 5-year initiative to deliver a cutting-edge scalable and dynamic bioinformatics platform to support academic research groups, government agencies and health service facing the challenges of big data in modern microbiology.  We provide cloud-based compute, storage, and analysis tools for microbiologists across the UK, accompanied by a wide range of bioinformatics training activities.

CLIMB-BIG-DATA is funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council through grant MR/T030062/1.


CLIMB, the CLIMB-BIG-DATA precursor, became 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 also 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 was 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-big-data

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


COG-UK Consortium: Final Report | RAND Europe

by Lisa Marchioretto | Tuesday, October 25th, 2022

The COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK) was launched in March 2020 as the United Kingdom went into lockdown. It brought … Read More… COG-UK Consortium: Final Report | RAND Europe


The 8th Microbial Bioinformatics Hackathon Workshop at Bath

by Mavis Foster-Nyarko | Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

After a virtual edition last year due to the pandemic, CLIMB-BIG-DATA held its 8th Microbial Bioinformatics Hackathon from 11th – … Read More… The 8th Microbial Bioinformatics Hackathon Workshop at Bath