The long-term sustainability of the databases within ELIXIR is a constant concern for those who are managing them, with only a very small minority having secured funding over 5 years or more. The NIH grant that is currently funding a large proportion of UniprotKB/Swiss-Prot is guaranteed until 2018. At the same time, millions of life science users in Europe and beyond rely on these resources for their everyday research. The aim of this Implementation Study is to review sustainable funding models for knowledge bases, with UniprotKB/Swiss-Prot as a specific use case.
See the paper: Gabella C, Durinx C and Appel R. Funding knowledgebases: Towards a sustainable funding model for the UniProt use case [version 1; referees: awaiting peer review]. F1000Research 2017, 6(ELIXIR):2051 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.12989.1)