IS_MIRRI21 - Implementation and sustainability of microbial resource research infrastructure for the 21st century

Last updated on 1-2-2023 by Pierre Becker
Project duration:
February 1, 2020
July 31, 2023

In short

MIRRI (MIcrobial Resource Research Infrastructure) is a European Research Infrastructure gathering culture collections across Europe, including the BCCM/IHEM collection of Sciensano. The IS_MIRRI21 project aims to implement the MIRRI entity as a successful and productive infrastructure. It places the user community at the centre of all the decisions, tools and online platforms. It is designed to ease access to the numerous scientific raw material, data resources, and services provided by the project participants.

Project description

The IS_MIRRI21 project supports research and development in the exploitation and preservation of microbial life, by securing the long-term sustainability of MIRRI. Itis a collaboration between 14 partnering institutions from 10 European countries. Its objectives are to:

  • Implement MIRRI´s organisational framework and set up its operative and quality procedures and standards
  • Conceive MIRRI´s services (workflows) based on partners´ complementary expertise and genetic resources, and test these through transnational access (TNA) provision to different user groups
  • Set up a single-entry point portal CWE (Collaborative Work Environmental) to promote MIRRI, its services, resources, expertise and knowledge transfer activities, as well as to provide access to partners´ resource associated data made interoperable for data searching and data mining
  • Increase knowledge transfer to users via expert clusters (i.e. for legal framework, to support training and education programs, Information and Technology, etc.)
  • Enlarge MIRRI´s member countries, including collaboration with third countries and international organizations, with the user communities (academia, bio industries, and other stakeholders)
  • Develop models and plans to underpin MIRRI´s financial sustainability
  • Maximize MIRRI´s visibility among potential users, depositors, country governments across Europe and beyond its borders. 


In June 2022, MIRRI has been granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) by the European Commission, becoming the 24th established ERIC.

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