Projects | EMBRC


National and European grants provide funding in addition to core funding for the development of specific EMBRC-ERIC activities and/or services. EMBRC-ERIC is involved in a number of EU projects, which consolidate and integrate the RI community, linking cognate Ris and providing interoperability practices, as well as providing subsidies for public and private user access, and stimulating initiatives for societal benefit.

Assemble Plus - Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories Expanded

ASSEMBLE Plus will provide scientists from academia, industry and policy with a quality-assured programme of Transnational Access (TA) and Virtual Access (VA) to marine biological stations offering a wide variety of marine ecosystems, unique marine biological resources, state-of-the-art experimental and analytical facilities with integrated workflows, historical observation data, and advanced training opportunities. The goal is to stimulate European excellence in fundamental and applied research in marine biology and ecology, thereby improving our knowledge- and technology-base for the blue economy, policy and education purposes. The sum of the actions envisaged in ASSEMBLE Plus will ultimately increase the number of users of marine biological stations and shape a novel business strategy perspective, to be based on effective integration and efficient complementarities, resulting in a key contribution to their long-term sustainability.


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    IMBRSea _International Master in Marine Biological Resources

    The International Master in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea), is a joint Master programme organized by eight leading European universities in the field of marine sciences and supported by fourteen Marine Research Institutes belonging to the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC). Based on the objectives of the EMBRC-ERIC consortium, IMBRSea covers a wide, yet consistent, range of subjects related to the sustainable use of marine biological resources. With an emphasis on marine biological and ecological processes, the programme links biology of marine organisms and environmental studies with subjects in marine policy and planning.

    CORBEL_Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-science services

    CORBEL will establish a collaborative framework of shared services between the ESFRI Biological and Medical Research Infrastructures that transform the European research community from discovery of basic biological mechanisms to applied medical translation – through the provision of a unified interface, aligned services and coordinated user access to a range of advanced technology platforms.


    EMBRIC_European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster

    The European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster (EMBRIC) is designed to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery and innovation from marine Bio-Resources. EMBRIC aims to promote new applications derived from marine organisms in fields such as drug discovery, novel foods and food ingredients, aquaculture selective breeding, bioremediation, cosmetics and bioenergy. By conducting a comprehensive survey of available resources and techniques, EMBRIC will develop new pipelines and new industry standards. By interconnecting science, industry and policy, EMBRIC will defragment regional research, development and innovation policies. By implementing joint academia-industry development activities, EMBRIC will allow industry to directly integrate results and protocols in commercial processes. By developing best practices and integrated training programs, EMBRIC will accelerate the pace of scientific discovery and innovation. By connecting six existing European RIs and 27 partners from Academia, Research institutes, non-for-profit organizations and industry, EMBRIC will facilitate technology transfer, knowledge transfer and transnational access. In general, EMBRIC will provide a long-term integrated cluster approach to promote the Blue Bio-Economy.


    ENVRIPlus _Environmental Research Infrastructures Providing Shared Solutions for Science and Society

    ENVRIplus is a Horizon 2020 project bringing together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures (RIs), projects and networks together with technical specialist partners to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable cluster of Environmental RIs across Europe.Environmental RIs provide key tools and instruments for the researchers to address specific challenges within their own scientific fields. However, to tackle the grand challenges facing human society (for example climate change, extreme events, loss of biodiversity, etc.), scientific collaboration across the traditional fields is necessary.  Collaboration within the ENVRIplus will enable the multidisciplinary Earth system science across the traditional scientific fields, which is so important in order to address today’s global challenges. The cooperation will make the RIs’ products and solutions easier to use, improving their innovation potential and cost/benefit ratio. Collaboration is the only way forward to address the Global Changes facing today’s society.

    European Marine Biological Resource Centre Biobank (EBB)

    The EMBRC BioBank (EBB) will set the basis for the common operation of the distributed marine biobanking facilities of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) by: i) Setting up technological tools and common procedures for the ex-situ maintenance of MBRs along the whole phylogenetic tree of life; ii) the application of best practice guidelines throughout the EBB collections to ensure compliance with regulatory framework that sets the rules on access and benefit sharing (ABS) on the use of marine bioresources for commercial and academic research and iii) the development of innovation use cases involving industrial end users and administrations at the national and European level with competence in regulating ABS for the production of a set of best practice guidelines for ABS compliance when using MBRs for innovation purposes. 

    The EBB will ultimately facilitate sustainable access to Atlantic marine biodiversity, its associated data, and extractable products for local and international academia and industry users. 



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