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Implementation and Sustainability of Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure for 21st Century


IS_MIRRI21 is a Horizon 2020 project that supports research, development and innovation in the use and preservation of microbial life for the purpose of basic and applied scientific research through the implementation of the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI) and securing its long-term sustainability.
IS_MIRRI21 will implement and sustain the collection, preservation, study and exploitation of microorganisms through microbial collection infrastructures attained in the preparatory phase of MIRRI and continuously enforce the activities for MIRRI to join the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).
IS_MIRRI21 Services
  • Consultancy and training for public institutes and bioindustries
  • Access to the broadest catalogue of microbial resources in Europe
  • Identification and characterisation of microbial strains
  • Screening and testing of biological materials
  • Access to leading state-of-the-art facilities to disclose the significance of microorganisms
  • Access to large data sets associated with microbial strains via a user-friendly online platform
Key Project Outcomes
  • A fully functional MIRRI- Collaborative Work Environment online platform
  • Efficient Transnational Access programme, training and specialised courses, as well as informative materials on the roles of microbes in society made globally accessible
  • A viable action plan implemented for the continuity and self-sustainability of MIRRI beyond the duration of the project and the enlargement of its partnerships.
IS_MIRRI21 ambition
Promotion of transnational cooperation between different stakeholders and mobility of researchers through high class pan-European Research Infrastructures.
IS_MIRRI21 impact
Establishment of science policy in Europe and setting the European Research Infrastructure to reach scientific communities, industries and strategic partners in third countries.
Project duration
February 2020 – January 2023

Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure as a sustainable entity

MIRRI is in its construction phase to be established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) under the EU law.
The MIRRI Memorandum of Understanding to establish MIRRI-ERIC was signed by nine European Union countries and one associated country, which has thus propelled the work to moving forward with MIRRI.

MIRRI-ERIC Headquarters will be hosted by Portugal and Spain.

MIRRI includes over 53 microbial Biological Resource Centres and Culture Collections belonging to 10 National Nodes with over 300,000 strains.

By providing high-quality microorganisms, associated data and the broad expertise of its partners, MIRRI aims to support research and development in the field of biomedical and life sciences.


Bacteria, yeast, filamentous fungi, virus, archaea, microalgae, prions, bacteriophages, plasmids as well as cloning vectors and over 200,000 clones of DNA libraries.


Fundamental and applied research, human, animal and plant health, aquatic ecology, molecular biology, environmental and food microbiology, agronomy, biotechnology, bio-fuel production, agriculture, cosmetics, water treatment and multiple clinical application.

CoordinatorUniversidade do Minho (UMinho-MUM)
PartnerAssociação CCG/zgdv – Centro de Computação Gráfica (CCG)
PartnerUniversitat de València Estudi General (UVEG-CECT)
PartnerUniversity of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Spanish Bank of Algae – (ULPGC-BEA)
PartnerInstitut National de la Recherche Agronomique – CIRM (INRA)
PartnerInstitut Pasteur (IP)
PartnerKoninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen – Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute – (KNAW-WI)The
PartnerService Public Fédéral de Programmation Politique Scientifique (BELSPO)
PartnerInstitute of Agricultural and Food Biotechnology (IAFB-CCIM)
PartnerUniversity of Latvia Microbial Strain Collection of Latvia – (MSCL/UL)
PartnerNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA)
PartnerUniversity of Torino (UNITO)
PartnerInstitute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences (IBPM RAS) – All-Russian Collection of Microorganisms (VKM)Russian

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