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Research Infrastructure at KBC

Activities and support of the research infrastructures at KBC are coordinated by the KBC Board, the "KBC group". The core facilities and technical platforms provide research projects at Umeå University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU, Umeå) with state-of-the-art methods, equipment and experienced staff. The infrastructures give regular courses for both PhD students and postdocs.

Call for applications for economic support to research infrastructures connected to KBC for the period 2024-2026.

A total amount of 3.05 MSEK are available for 2024. Approved grants are guaranteed for 2024, while support for 2025 and 2026 depends on decisions about the future financing of KBC by UmU, SLU, the Medical Faculty and the Science and Technology Faculty.

The call is open for local infrastructures and infrastructures that receive support from and offer service at both the local and national levels. However, it should be stressed that KBC only gives economic support to the local activities for the latter type of infrastructure. This needs to be explicitly described in the applications.

The call is also open for new infrastructures and infrastructures that have not previously received support from KBC.

Infrastructures that have received economic support from KBC during the period 2021-2023 (or parts of that period) need to submit a report for their activities during this period. This time, the KBC board requests more detailed three-year reports, as their summaries will be used to compile the three-year report of KBC activities submitted in the spring term of 2024.

Templates for the current round of reports/applications can be downloaded here:

The report template (.docx) - Mandatory for infrastructures that have received support from KBC during 2021-2023. Optional for new infrastructures.
The application template (.docx) - Mandatory for all applications
KBC Financial report 2021-2023 and budget 2024-2026 (.xls) - The report part is mandatory for infrastructures that have received support from KBC during 2021-2023, but optional for new infrastructures. The budget part is mandatory for all applications.

Applications and reports should be submitted to the KBC board via email to info.kbc@umu.se, latest by January 31st, 2024.

More information about each core facility / research infrastructure can be found on its own webpage.


National infrastructures

Biochemical Imaging Centre Umeå (BICU)

BICU is an interdisciplinary facility providing state-of-the-art imaging technology with affinity measurements

Chemical Biology Consortium Sweden

CBCS Umeå node enables screening and development of bioactive small molecules in all areas of life science

NMR Core facility

Five different spectrometers (360-850 MHz) and provides support for a variety of scientific questions.

Protein Expertise Platform, PEP

PEP offers services and expert advice in bioinformatics, cloning, growth optimisation and protein purification

Swedish Metabolomics Centre (SMC)

SMC is specialized on use of MS-based methods for the analysis of metabolites in different biological systems

Umeå Centre for Electron Microscopy (UCEM)

UCEM is a joint resource for research and higher education in electron microscopy techniques.

Local infrastructures

Umeå ancient DNA lab (aDNA lab)

A DNA-free lab for ancient DNA laboratory works

Biogeochemical Analytical Facility (BAF)

The instrument facility for biogeochemical analyses at KBC and EMG

Biopolymer Analytical Platform (BAP)

BAP supports research on cell walls of terrestrial and aquatic plants, and biopolymer materials

Computational Analytics Support Platform (CASP)

We aim to support researchers understand complex biological systems via the use of data-driven modelling tools

Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH)

Facility for identification of cells and viruses for environmental, clinical, food and biotechnology research

Gas Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS)

Analysis of gaseous products and their stable isotopologues in various samples both in gas and liquid phases


NanoLab is an open-access infrastructure, providing facilities in nano materials characterization.

Trace Analysis Platform (TAP)

Trace analysis of small molecules in complex matrices, such as environmental and biological samples.

Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility

An open-access infrastructure, providing Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy and m.

X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)

XPS Platform provides surface analysis by X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) technique

X-ray Diffraction Facility (XRDF)

The XRDF provides services in robotic crystal set-ups, supervised crystal growth, cryo-data collection, high-r...

Latest update: 2022-12-15