EMBRIC strives to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery and innovation from marine bio-resources, while promoting new applications derived from marine organisms in fields such as drug discovery, novel foods and food ingredients, aquaculture selective breeding, bioremediation, cosmetics and bioenergy.

EMBRIC aimed to bring Europe’s marine blue bio-economy forward through the creation of a perennial cluster of research infrastructures (RIs), which will foster innovation in marine biotechnologies. In particular, EMBRIC was designed to propose integrated multidisciplinary value chains of services for the exploration of marine bioresources and their sustainable exploitation as sources of biomolecules and/or as whole organisms for food. 

Participating institutions (RIs) provided access to the full spectrum of the diversity of marine organisms (EMBRC) or were specialised in the provision of specific groups of organisms (MIRRI: prokaryotes and fungi; AQUAEXCEL: finfish). 

Using biological resources as raw materials, the cluster developed service-oriented workflows for natural product discovery and genetic selection in aquaculture. EU-OPENSCREEN contributed its services and expertise in the area of natural product discovery, while AQUAEXCEL did so in the aquaculture domain. ELIXIR provided cross-cutting expertise on data services and management. 

The cluster also included the coordinator of the social sciences ‘Research infrastructure for research and innovation policy studies’ (RISIS) project, specialised in the analysis of innovation ecosystems across Europe. RISIS was involved in establishing the technology transfer identity of EMBRIC. 

Case studies were designed to help test and refine workflows through Joint Development Activities (JDAs). This internal testing was complemented by the provision of access to EMBRIC services to external user communities in the second half of the project’s life span. 

Project dates: 1 June 2015 to 31 May 2019
EMBRC role: provision of access to diverse marine organisms
Contact: info@embrc.eu
Funding: €9,041,611 (Horizon 2020, under grant agreement number 654008) 
Learn more on CORDIS (European Commission website)

Current projects

DOORS, an EU-funded initiative, aligns with the Black Sea Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) to address challenges and foster Blue Growth in this unique marine basin. By harmonizing research, supporting start-ups, and shaping policy, DOORS aims to transform obstacles into opportunities, ensuring a prosperous and sustainable future for the Black Sea region.
The EU-funded BlueRemediomics project aims to unlock the vast potential of marine microbiomes for sustainable ecosystem services and biodiscovery. Using advanced technologies, it aims to understand the composition, interactions, and functions of marine microbes. BlueRemediomics will develop bioinformatics platforms, innovative culturomics, and high-throughput screening tools to identify natural products. It promotes responsible exploitation, equitable access, and ocean literacy while fostering aquaculture and ecosystem health.
BIOcean5D is a collaborative effort among European institutions to explore marine biodiversity comprehensively. With cutting-edge technologies and extensive research, it aims to understand and preserve marine ecosystems amidst rapid changes in the Anthropocene era. This initiative will generate valuable data, inform ecological theories, develop indicators of ecosystem health, and foster sustainable management of oceans.
ANERIS, funded by the EU, designs Operational Marine Biology to systematically measure ocean life. It combines advanced tools like genomics, bio-optics, and participatory sciences. Through innovation and collaboration, it supports academia, industry, governments, civil society, and research infrastructures, promising enhanced observational systems and innovative life-sensing technologies.
AgroServ, an EU-funded initiative, pioneers a holistic approach to understand and address challenges in agriculture. By integrating diverse stakeholders and employing transdisciplinary research, it aims to foster resilient and sustainable agroecological systems across Europe. Through living labs, data ecosystems, and community building, AgroServ strives to empower farmers and researchers alike, ensuring impactful insights for evidence-based policymaking and long-term sustainability.
eDNAqua-Plan seeks to gather information on aquatic monitoring projects, assessing standardization efforts, and evaluating the feasibility of creating a FAIR-based digital ecosystem for eDNA repositories and a dynamic species reference library to support future biodiversity monitoring initiatives in marine and freshwater ecosystems.
The EU-funded AtlantECO project aims to develop and apply a novel, unifying framework that provides knowledge-based resources for a better understanding and management of the Atlantic Ocean and its ecosystem services. Focus areas include: microbiomes, plastic and the plastisphere, and seascape connectivity.