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IS_MIRRI21 Work Plan

IS_MIRRI21 project will ultimately support research, development and innovation in the use and preservation of microbial life for the purpose of basic and applied scientific research, preservation and exploitation of microorganisms through the implementation of the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI) and securing its long-term sustainability. The actions carried out by the Work Packages (WPs) are interlinked and are implemented for the definite achievement of the overall cause of the project. In order to achieve these outcomes, IS_MIRRI21 will establish a virtual platform called the Collaborative Work Environment (CWE) for MIRRI’s users during and beyond IS_MIRRI21 Project duration. This platform will allow all the IS_MIRRI21 stakeholders to communicate and access information provisioned by IS_MIRRI21’s services efficiently. All the WPs of IS_MIRRI21 will collaborate to establish this platform in a self-sustainable and proficient way. 

WP1 will ensure the management environment and associated support to all the WPs will be done efficiently and timely for the precise implementation of the project activities. This is done through a tight system of governance of the following tasks: project coordination, administrative management and support, quality and risk management, and communication.

WP2 will bring all the expertise in Science & Technology of the partnership at an upper level, taking into account the users’ needs linked to Research & Innovation, with the aim of developing service workflows involving all WPs, for the sets of services provided by IS_MIRRI21 to users and set up appropriate conditions for the increase of resource provision.

WP3 will define the main rules of operation and governance under the MIRRI-ERIC statutes developed for the first step application submission in 2018, and the international and European legal framework. This WP will establish and implement the operation procedures, assess the current status of implementation of quality management standards in partner BRCs, and evaluate current MIRRI best practices, among others.

WP4 aims to test the feasibility of access and standardise access procedures among IS_MIRRI21 project partners from reception of a request to delivery of access of biological raw materials. It will also evaluate the reliability of the access platform for the access request communication and management as well as examine the interest of users to apply for the facilities and services proposed.

WP5 will establish the Training and Education programme in a decentralised RI as IS_MIRRI21 is typically dispersed, heterogeneous and fragmented. It aims to develop and offer the training programme that corresponds to the needs of different user categories such as scientists, industrials, international organisations, and contribute to the capacity building within the scientific community as well as industrial users.

WP6 will oversee the development of the MIRRI CWE platform. This platform will be the core of the virtual research environment of IS_MIRRI21 and MIRRI in the future. Users of the project’s services and resources will be able to communicate and access information and services in a time-efficient way through the platform. In this sense, the platform will be designed to be open, flexible, interoperable, transversal, multidisciplinary, secure and usable.

WP7 will strive to widen awareness about IS_MIRRI21 project among potential users and other stakeholders, mobilise the target audiences (users) to engage in the project activities and use its services, and raise awareness of the society about the benefits of microorganisms and microbial collections for the bio-economy. This WP is designed to support the dissemination and outreach activities of all the WPs of the project.

WP8 aims to enlarge membership of MIRRI through the consolidation of the members that have already signed the Memorandum of Understanding. It endeavours to strengthen, support and consolidate existing members’ collections and stimulate new engagements at all levels (extended members, networks, partners and other stakeholders). Thus, it will promote the organisation of activities aiming to integrate local and national collections, industrial engagement and rising of decision-makers awareness.
WP9 will deliver mechanisms for long-term sustainability of MIRRI to be integrated into a global strategy to enhance technological developments and exploitation of research outcomes in the field of microbial diversity, biotechnology and microbial resources. It will oversee the development of a business model of MIRRI to deliver high-quality outputs that will meet the community needs as well as a five-year financial plan that will guarantee a permanent availability of MIRRI-ERIC services that will facilitate state-of-the-art research.

WP10 has the main objective of developing the ‘ethics requirements’ and ensuring its compliance in the project.