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IS_MIRRI21’s main objective is to develop, test and implement strategies for the provision of services and offers that would ensure the sustainability of MIRRI.

MIRRI, Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure, is a pan-European distributed Research Infrastructure for the preservation, systematic investigation, provision and valorisation of microbial resources and biodiversity. As a transnational non-for-profit institution, MIRRI now has over 50 member organisations from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation and Spain. These member organisations consist of microbial domain Biological Resource Centres (mBRCs), culture collections and research institutes specialised in the Biosciences and Biotechnology sector having a cumulated 2800+ years of activities and experience.

MIRRI has been in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap since 2010. Now, it is striving to establish its status as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). MIRRI instituted its Central Coordinating Unit (CCU) in late 2020 at the University of Minho, Portugal. Once it has acquired the ERIC status, the MIRRI-ERIC headquarters will be housed in Portugal (statutory seat) and Spain (hosting of the Collaborative Working Environment hub). 

As a research infrastructure, MIRRI is a single point of access to the microbial data and strains, state-of-the-art facilities and expertise cultivated by all of its members. As a result, MIRRI offers access to the broadest catalogue of microbial resources and data in Europe. Through the activities of its members, MIRRI provides essential raw materials and data to facilitate the fostering of research and innovation in scientific and industrial communities from biosciences and bioindustry sectors.

As new species of microorganisms are discovered, relevant data and expertise that guarantee efficiency and accuracy in producing results can be difficult to locate. There is a current fragmentation of microbial resources and related data distributed across Europe which needs to be coordinated and operated to form common standards and channel activities towards challenges in healthcare, food security, poverty alleviation and climate change. Through the creation of a network of research and innovation actors in Europe, MIRRI intends to employ a holistic approach that brings together partner countries, institutes and researchers to work on shared goals to increase collaboration, complementarity, responsiveness, exchange of experience, resources & data-sharing, trust-building, ethics, reliability, fairness, equality, non-discrimination and transparency.

MIRRI has a special focus on the domains of Health & Food, Agro-Food, and Environment & Energy. By placing its strategic focus on these three domains, MIRRI now has an R&I strategy that will see to the systemic provision of information, materials and services by anticipating potential gaps, needs and opportunities in the user communities and helping them deliver the maximum value and impacts from their projects, technologies and products. Thus far, MIRRI has identified and characterised over 20,000 strains of microorganism per year and has a current holding of over 400,000 microbial strains.

The MIRRI Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda 2021-2030 is a living document that anticipates major trends and opportunities for the valorisation of microbial strains and their derivatives for the sustainable development of societies and the bioeconomy. This agenda provides a compact and concise overall view of the seven MIRRI Strategic Areas and how MIRRI will meet the needs of the user communities through its services and offers.

Download the agenda here.

                                                                         Microbial resources for a green, healthy and sustainable future

MIRRI’s membership is open to mBRCs, CCs, research and academic institutions as well as individuals or clusters of experts from the sectors of biosciences, biotechnology and other bioindustries. Being a member of MIRRI means exchanging knowledge, providing services, gaining visibility, and playing a unique role in the European scientific research and innovation landscape of Food, Health and Environmental Sciences and beyond. MIRRI contributes to tackling relevant societal challenges and strengthening Europe’s industrial competitiveness. MIRRI offers its members opportunities to be part of a large and dynamic laboratory as a whole and to share common access, scientific evaluation, dissemination support, Intellectual Property Rights, employment and procurement policies.


You can find the requirements to be a member here.