NBAF Terms and Conditions of use

The NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility comprises four Nodes (NBAF-Birmingham, NBAF-Edinburgh, NBAF-Liverpool and NBAF-Sheffield) that provide support and collaboration for approved applicants from UK Universities and Research Institutes. Like all NERC facilities, we are required to justify our existence in terms of our scientific contribution. We therefore request that all successful applicants to the Facility agree to the following terms to ensure that NERC and the relevant Node(s) of the NBAF are appropriately acknowledged.

Conditions of access to the Biomolecular Analysis Facility


  1. The support provided through NERC and the appropriate node must be acknowledged in all relevant publications (e.g. “The laboratory work was supported by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Biomolecular Analysis Facility at the University of Sheffield.”). The correct acronym is “NBAF,” without dots.
  2. The contributions from NBAF staff should be appropriately acknowledged. When appropriate, this should take the form of co-authorship, and first authorship by NBAF staff may sometimes be appropriate (e.g. in the case of Technical Notes). Authors that have generated results as visitors should include the appropriate Facility address(es) in their authorship affiliation (e.g. “& NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK”).
  3. Progress reports, in the form of requests for outputs and participation in a survey of users, should be provided when requested (usually annually), and usually after completion of the project. Confidential copies of more detailed results, for example on primer sequences and their utility, must be provided to the Facility when requested and in a detailed report provided on completion of the work at the Facility.
  4. If the investigator fails to provide reports requested as described in (3) the following sanctions will be implemented:
  • no further applications to the NBAF will be accepted
  • the failure to provide a report will be logged with NERC.
  1. Completed drafts of all publications arising from work at the Facility must be provided to the appropriate Node(s) Heads & Managers for comments AT LEAST 10 WORKING DAYS before submission for publication, to allow any necessary input to be made and to ensure that the results obtained at the Facility are reported accurately and correctly.
  2. To conform with NERC data policy requirements, all DNA sequence data generated should be submitted to the appropriate international database (e.g. INDC, Dryad) as soon as possible or on completion of work done at a node of the NBAF. Submitted sequences may be made confidential initially, but should be made public within 18 months or when published, if this is sooner. The NBAF may submit data on the user’s behalf and make them public after 18 months.
  3. The NBAF and NERC expect users to make every effort to publish data obtained via a node of the NBAF within a reasonable time. If the user has not made reasonable efforts to publish data (such as markers, EST sequences or expression data) or make materials (e.g. primers, microarrays, cDNA libraries or clones) available within 18 months, then the Facility may make them available to the scientific community.
  4. Publication is the primary indicator of science supported by the NBAF and therefore an important means by which the value of the Facility to the scientific community is judged. Investigators on an NBAF-supported project are required to supply bibliographic references and/or copies of any publications (including PhD theses, posters and non-refereed publications) that discuss, describe, or are otherwise dependent on the results achieved at an NBAF node.
  5. Council accepts no responsibility or liability for materials submitted for analysis.