NGI awarded Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant for nf-core

The SciLifeLab National Genomics Infrastructure (NGI) has been awarded the high profile “Essential Open Source Software for Science” grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The grant will be used to fund coordination and events for the Nextflow and nf-core projects.

The second round of CZI Essential Open Source Software for Science (EOSS) grants have just been announced. These grants are specifically targeted at “open source software projects that are essential to biomedical research”. We are pleased to say that the NGI was involved in one of the 23 successful proposals for work with Nextflow and nf-core.

Nextflow is a software tool and language for writing bioinformatics analysis workflows. Pipelines built using Nextflow are highly reproducible and very portable, able to be run on virtually any computational infrastructure. The nf-core community builds open-source Nextflow pipelines that adhere to best-practice guidelines. The nf-core project was started by Phil Ewels (SU, KTH) at the SciLifeLab National Genomics Infrastructure and was recently published in Nature Biotechnology.

The grant will fund positions to work on the two projects, enabling a roadmap of new technical features, improvements to project sustainability & maintenance and new community events. The latter will be coordinated from SciLifeLab and will involve a number of training and hackathon events.

“This high-profile grant is fantastic news for the Nextflow and nf-core communities, helping to strengthen their foundations and ensure that they will continue to provide analysis tools for cutting-edge biomedical applications.” says Phil Ewels.

“We look forward to working together with CZI to deliver technical improvements, better documentation and a number of new community training and hackathon events over the coming year”.

For more information, please see the CZI EOSS website as well as the nf-core and Nextflow websites.

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27th May 2020

By Phil Ewels

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