The Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI), the pan-European distributed Research Infrastructure for the preservation, systematic investigation, provision and valorisation of microbial resources and biodiversity, has been granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) by the European Commission (EC). 

MIRRI, which was acknowldged as an ESFRI Landmark in ESFRI Roadmap 2021 in the Health & Food domain, now becomes the 24th ERIC established since the very first one in 2011.

The mission of MIRRI is to serve Bioscience and Bioindustry users by facilitating access to high quality bioresources and data in a legally compliant way. The creation of a single infrastructure will not only bring administrative advantages, but it will also alleviate bottlenecks and facilitate multinational collaboration, leading faster microbiological-related developments in Europe. MIRRI-ERIC will improve complementarity, reduce redundancy and increase the capacity of Microbial domain Biological Resource Centres (mBRCs) to preserve microbial materials.

MIRRI-ERIC strongly contributes to the new European Research Area (ERA) objectives. Its activities will foster excellence in scientific research and bioindustry in the microbial field in Europe, keeping up with the demands of the academic and industrial communities.

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