Strategy and Targets 2023–2026
GBC’s mission is to safeguard the world’s open life science, biological and biomedical data.
The GBC envisions a world in which biodata, essential to science, are freely and openly available to all, with long-term access assured through the tools and services offered by global biodata resources.
We work to ensure free and equitable access to life science, biological and biomedical data for all citizens of the world.
Aim 1 — To be a forum of funders of biodata resources enabling better coordination and sharing of approaches and strategies for efficient management and growth of this infrastructure
Expand the participation of global research funders in the work of the GBC — increasing our reach, effectively engaging funders and gaining their buy-in around our goals
Enhance cross-funder dialogue, exchange and cooperation around funders’ support for biodata resources and the long-term sustainability of the global biodata infrastructure
Demonstrate and advocate the current and future need for, and the value and impact of enhanced and sustained cross-funder support of biodata resources
Aim 2 — To stabilise and ensure sustainable financial support for the global biodata infrastructure, with a focus on an identified and prioritised set of Global Core Biodata Resources that are crucial for sustaining the broader infrastructure
Develop and implement new models for cooperative cross-funder support of biodata resources
Characterise the full diversity of biodata resources globally and enhance funding and sustainability of the global biodata infrastructure as a whole
Identify and maintain a list of Global Core Biodata Resources (GCBRs) and engage and work with them to advance the work of the GBC and thereby their sustainability
What we expect to achieve (By the end of 2026, we will have:)
● Increased the levels of funding and sustainability of the GCBRs and of the global biodata resource infrastructure.
● Grown our membership to include at least 15 global funders and broadened global representation across our membership.
● Raised the profile of biodata sustainability through campaigns and advocacy, securing widespread support and commitments from global funding and research organisations.
● Established a stable and representative list of GCBRs, whose members actively contribute to the work of GBC.
● Published a series of consultation papers and white papers resulting from our working groups, attracting extensive input from our communities.
● Developed a portfolio of high-quality and widely used resources, including case studies, commissioned research and published papers — that stimulate debate and influence policy change.
● Piloted at least one new cooperative funding model in partnership with our member funders.