CowPI was developed in the Creevey lab by Toby Wilkinson Max Friedersdorff and Chris Creevey at the Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) in Aberystwyth University.

The development was supported by funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Global Challenges Research Fund for Biological and Data and Resources (BBS/OS/GC/000011B) and a BBSRC Institute Strategic Programme Grant, Rumen Systems Biology (BB/E/W/10964A01).