Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure - European Research Infrastructure Consortium
General Info

University of Minho

Braga, Portugal

legal status



physical, remote, virtual

The Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructure Consortium (MIRRI-ERIC) is the pan-European distributed Research Infrastructure for the preservation, systematic investigation, provision and valorisation of microbial resources and biodiversity. Since 2024, it has six members (Belgium, France, Greece, Latvia, Portugal and Spain) and one observer (Romania). MIRRI has integrated the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap since 2010 and, in 2021, has become a ‘Landmark’ in its Health & Food domain. MIRRI-ERIC has been set up by the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/1204 of 16 June 2022. The mission of MIRRI-ERIC is to serve Bioscience and Bioindustry users by facilitating access to a broad range of high-quality bioresources and data in a legal compliant way. By offering access to human expertise and providing a collaborative platform for long-term sustainability of microbial biodiversity, MIRRI will increase knowledge and promote professional development. MIRRI offers its users a single point of access to about 160,000+ high-quality microbial resources, an ever-growing number made available by its partner biorepositories, covering all types of microorganisms, such as bacteria (and their cognate bacteriophages), archaea, fungi (including yeasts), eukaryotic viruses, micro-algae and other microbiological material such as cell lines, natural or constructs carrying plasmids, DNA libraries, and genomic DNA. The MIRRI Information System will also provide users with all relevant information and associated contextual data (metadata) about the microbial resources, as available – e.g. taxonomy, ecology, pathogenicity, morphology, physiology, chemical characterization, DNA barcoding or genomics. From strains producing antimicrobials or other bioactive compounds and enzymes for the pharmaceutical industry, to others that can be used in the production of healthier food and feed products (including ingredients), upgrading residues, processing side-streams and organic wastes, in the biological management of agricultural soils and crops, in the bioremediation of polluted sites or contaminated effluents, or in the production of renewable, biobased chemicals, materials and fuels, to mention a few examples, MIRRI-ERIC is very likely to hold microbial resources and expertise matching every demand from bioresearchers and bioindustries in the sectors of Health & Food, Agro-Food, and Environment & Energy. MIRRI-ERIC’s offer of microbial resources can be consulted in its catalog of microbial resources accessible at
Total Investment Design Preparation 3,1 M€ Implementation 4,9 M€ Operation 0,7 M€/year Project Landmark 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020 2022 2024 2026 2028 2030 2032 2034 2036 2038 RM06 RM08 RM10 RM16 RM18 RM21 LA24
Roadmap Entry
as project: 2010
as landmark: 2021
Total investment
Design Phase
Preparation Phase
3,1 M€
Implementation Phase
4,9 M€
Operation start
0,7 M€/year
Through a collaborative working environment for microbial research, including a catalog of high-quality microbial resources and associated data, MIRRI-ERIC accelerates microbial research progress in fields like food and health, agrofood and environment and energy, and promotes collaboration between its users and the microbial research centers, thereby fostering innovation and driving economic growth in related industries. MIRRI-ERIC aligns with EU policies related to biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, and bioeconomy, contributing to the overall socio-economic welfare of Europe and beyond. MIRRI-ERIC collects, preserves, characterizes and provides access to a diverse range of microbial resources: ensuring conservation of microbial biodiversity; leading to scientific breakthroughs, technological innovations, and new biotechnological and industrial processes; disclosing their commercial potential, enhancing industrial productivity and competitiveness; supporting research on microbial interactions with human hosts, aiding in the development of diagnostics, therapies, and preventive measures against infectious diseases. Since it started operating in late 2023, MIRRI-ERIC has expanded its membership, bolstering service provision and usability. Future plans include further developing standardized protocols for microbial resource management, enhancing data sharing and integration systems, and creating bioinformatics tools for data analysis and interpretation. MIRRI-ERIC aims to offer capacity-building initiatives to empower the staff of its partners and its users with the knowledge and skills necessary for an effective use of its resources, to foster a community of skilled professionals and consolidate Europe's leadership in microbial research and innovation.
MIRRI-ERIC services range from biobank to data provision. MIRRI-ERIC partners provide specimen deposit and preservation according to the best quality management practices, systematic characterisation, provision of reference strains and valorisation of microbial resources and biodiversity. This information is aggregated and available in our Collaborative Working Environment (CWE) and MIRRI Information System, a single-stop-point of access. Here, users can identify strains and service providers as well as access the data associated to each strain. Moreover, continuous improvement and technical development is carried out by MIRRI-ERIC partners to shape culture collections procedures and research to the state-of-the-art and facilitate their appropriation by users. Remote and presential use of MIRRI-ERIC’s partners facilities is also available to users for developing their own projects via the so-called Trans-National-Access programs embedded in European projects. Currently, these are available through Agroserv and Microbes for Climate HE projects. Domain specific training is also provided by MIRRI-ERIC partners, the offer being displayed in the CWE. Tailored consulting services can also be provided. MIRRI-ERIC has two main categories of users, internal users that are part of the partners culture collections, and external users coming from the Biosciences and Bioindustries, mostly from the broad domains of Health & Food, Agro-Food, and Environment & Energy. These come from the public and private sectors, including academia, microbial Biological Resource Centres and culture collections, and companies (startups, SME, Large). MIRRI-ERIC also engages with policy makers, science communication professionals, teachers, and journalists, as well as citizens and society, as a whole.
MIRRI-ERIC takes part in the ERIC Forum and in the European Life Science Research Infrastructures, two major groups that meet regularly to share best practices, advance the European RIs, make them more visible and knowledgeable for the research community, and thus enhance its socio-economic impact. It participates, mostly in-kind, in the HE ERIC-FORUM2. Besides these institutional collaborations, MIRRI-ERIC collaborates with several research infrastructures via projects and project applications, seeking complementary skills in the delivery of its mission as well as supporting the delivery of other RIs’ missions by making available their resources. MIRRI-ERIC also engages with other RIs seeking and sharing the best management best practices. List of RIs with which MIRRI-ERIC collaborates: AnaEE-ERIC, BBMRI-ERIC, ELIXIR, EMBRC-ERIC, EMPHASIS, INSTRUCT-ERIC, LifeWatch-ERIC, ERINHA.