Seqera Labs has been awarded the high profile “Essential Open Source Software for Science” grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The grant will fund the development of the Nextflow and nf-core projects.


BARCELONA, SPAIN. 27 JULY 2020. The CZI EOSS grants are specifically targeted at “open source software projects that are essential to biomedical research”. Nextflow is a software tool and language for writing bioinformatics analysis workflows. Pipelines built using Nextflow are highly reproducible and very portable, able to be run on virtually any computational infrastructure. The nf-core community builds open-source Nextflow pipelines that adhere to best-practice guidelines. The Nextflow project was started by Seqera cofounders Paolo Di Tommaso and Evan Floden in 2014 while working in the group of Cedric Notredame at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona.

The grant will fund positions to work on Nextflow and nf-core, enabling a roadmap of new technical features, improvements to project sustainability & maintenance and new community events.

“It is very pleasing to see Nextflow recognised for its impact on open science,” says Paolo Di Tommaso. “Open source software in science has traditionally been poorly supported, however recent initiatives such as CZI EOSS are changing this; we are extremely excited for the future of the project and open source more widely”.

“Across the scientific spectrum, we see the rapid adoption of cloud” says Evan Floden. “Nextflow has developed into a cornerstone technology for enabling this. The CZI EOSS award will allow us to extend our outreach to researchers and deliver improved software, documentation and community resources.”

For more information, see the CZI EOSS website as well as the Nextflow and nf-core websites.