The BIF at IIT Madras has been setup with primary support from the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi, Government of India, with additional support from the IIT Madras. The BIF is a part of the Biotechnology Information System (BTISnet) network created by the DBT to enable harness biotechnology through the application of Bioinformatics. Biotechnology innovation is required not only in research but also in teaching activities of Biology and allied areas. The DBT contributes to biology teaching though bioinformatics (BTBI) by establishing bioinformatics facilities at teaching institutions. 

The facility is housed at the Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences building, IIT Madras. This building also houses the Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras, who constitute the primary users of the facility on campus. The facility shares space with the Departmental Computer Facility, Biotechnology dept, IIT Madras.

About GSIC, Tokyo Institute of Technology

The Global Scientific Information and Computing Center(GSIC) was established in April 2001 by amalgamating the Tokyo Institute of Technology's Computer Center and the International Cooperation Center for Science and Technology.
GSIC's missions are to apply advanced information technology to support research and education activities and to use the technology as a medium for promoting research collaboration at an international level.In line with these missions, GSIC has been showing steady results in developing the university's information infrastructure and supporting its operation, in supporting cutting-edge research in high-performance computation and futher research based on its findings, as well as in using it to promote international labor cooperation.
In recognition of GSIC's achievements, it was designated a Joint Usage / Research Center alongside the seven other similar centers nationwide.Starting April 2010, the GSIC commenced activities as one of the constituent centers of the Japan High Performance Computing and Networking plus Large-Scale Data Analyzing and Information Systems.
In July 2010, GSIC was restructured into an organization with two divisions to help it play an even more effective role in promoting cutting-edge research and international research collaboration as a Joint Usage / Research Center.
GSIC hopes to continue living up to expectations from both within and outside the university in the coming years through its efforts related to the university's information infrastructure and advanced research activities