EMBRC has completed a preparatory phase from February 2011 to February 2014, which was funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme for Research Infrastructures. During the preparatory phase, EMBRC has developed a blueprint of the infrastructure including a plan for EMBRC activities and services, governance structure and business plan.
Until mid 2016, EMBRC aims at establishing a legal structure in the form of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). It will also be an important period for building the EMBRC headquarters, for initiating and intensifying international collaborations, and for developing the EMBRC services.
EMBRC will be operational from mid 2016. However, some services will be available to the user community before this date, such as the European Marine Training Portal.
Steps in the development of EMBRC: