UK MS Large Infrastructure Bid Proposal

A Community Vision for British Mass Spectrometry
The British Mass Spectrometry Society’s Executive Committee commissioned this pathway report in May 2019. Our objective was to produce a community-backed, evidence-based vision for the future of Mass Spectrometry in the UK to support EPSRC, UKRI, and HMG in the strategic planning, prioritization, and funding of the science of Mass Spectrometry in the foreseeable future. 

This report summarizes the responses from three rounds of a DELPHI study which included direct input from a panel of British MS experts who were asked to comment on:

  1. the future of MS in the UK
  2. future requirements for UK mass spectrometry
  3. how future MS infrastructure may be best deployed to leverage the UK research base and deliver ROI to our society

The authors are grateful to the multiplicity of people around the UK, and beyond, who took the time to contribute to this DELPHI study and to the BMSS for its commitment to this project and for financial support.
Dr Jackie Mosely, University of York - BMSS Chair 
Professor Peter O’Connor, University of Warwick - BMSS Treasurer 
Dr Ashley Sage - BMSS Immediate Past Chair
Professor Gavin O’Connor, TU Braunschweig un PTB - BMSS Past Chair;
Dr Tony Bristow, AstraZeneca - BMSS Past Chair

Corresponding Authors:
Professor Peter O’Connor:
Dr Jackie Mosely:

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Accompanying this report is a SWOT analysis for each of the different tiers identified in the report.

In February 2021, the BMSS and MS Vision working group submitted a Statement of Need to ESPRC outlining the resource and infrastructure required for our community to deliver world-class mass spectrometry over the next 5-10 years.

That Statement of Need can be viewed in the resource section below.

The next steps in this process involve working with EPSRC to refine this vision into a proposal to the UKRI Infrastructure Advisory Committee, meeting in the Autumn of 2021.  Feedback and input from the community is encouraged. In particular we are now seeking members of our community who have the expertise and time to help the current working group deliver the proposal. For more details, please email this working group via the BMSS Chair.

UPDATE: C-MASS UK Town Hall Meeting Report

The C-MASS UK team is most grateful to all colleagues for making the time to contribute to the ‘Town Hall Meeting’ on the 20th January 2022. The summary report from that meeting is appended below.



BMSS42 update

Presentation to be delivered 11-12 pm on Thursday 15th September at the BMSS42 annual meeting in Mnachester


Town Hall Meeting Summary Report


Town Hall Meeting Introductory Slides

These slides inform on the background of this project to bid to the UKRI large infrastructure fund. As part of that, this includes slides from EPSRC perspective of what the UKRI large infrastructure fund is.


Presentation at BMSS41

This presentation was delivered at the BMSS annual meeting in 2021 to update on progress.


Statement of Need - submitted to EPSRC Feb 2021


Presentation to UKRI - 23rd Nov 2020


Final report to UKRI: MS UK Vision


SWOT analysis slides