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MIRRI, a European research infrastructure for microbial resources, is launched

MIRRI (Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure),  launched in Braunchweig (Germany) from 27-30 November 2012, is a distributed research infrastructure designed to improve access to high-quality microorganisms, their derivatives and associated data, for the benefit of research and development in academic and industrial circles. With €3.5 million in funding from Europe, the three-year preparatory phase will lay down the framework and rules for this future infrastructure which currently brings together some 26 countries and more than 300,000 microorganisms.

Logo of the European project MIRRI: Microbial Ressource Research Infrastructure. © INRA, MIRRI
Updated on 03/05/2013
Published on 12/21/2012

Europe has set out to lay down the foundations for a vibrant research community by leveraging ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures.  In coming years, the European community intends to set up high-quality research Infrastructures to consolidate its position in the scientific community and jump-start its role on the international scene.

MIRRI has received support from top European Biological Resource Centres (BRC) who have come together for several projects, the most recent of which, EMbaRC (European Consortium of Microbial Resource Centres), was coordinated in 2009-2012 by the International Center for Microbial Resources (CIRM).

CIRM, created by INRA in 2004, is committed to MIRRI and will participate in several Work Packages. These include designing infrastructure, outlining governance and legal status, education, data management and defining legal frameworks, especially judicial aspects related to intellectual property (with the participation of UCPI, the Contracts and Intellectual Property Unit of INRA in Paris) and issues relating to security and biological safety.