BILS (Bioinformatics Infrastructure for Life Sciences) is a distributed national research infrastructure supported by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) providing bioinformatics support to life science researchers in Sweden. BILS is also the Swedish contact point to the European infrastructure for biological information ELIXIR.
Present BILS staff has expertise in protein bioinformatics, mass spectrometry (MS), next generation sequencing (NGS), large-scale data handling, metagenomics, systems biology, biostatistics and RNAseq.
BILS is predominantly offering bioinformatics support in various projects, depending on the user needs. In the projects, the BILS persons are working close to the research group, and they spend part of their time to teach the users in order to propagate the bioinformatics knowledge. Furthermore, BILS provides infrastructure and tools for bioinformatics analyses in order to facilitate these analyses for the users.
BILS is together with SNIC (Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing) developing systems and strategies for long-term large-scale storage of bioinformatics data (MS proteomics data, NGS sequence data). BILS is also working in close collaboration with SciLifeLab.