CORBEL Catalogue of Services

 

Why do we need a Catalogue of Services?

Currently there are 13 biological and medical sciences Research Infrastructures (RIs) in Europe, all of them working jointly together in CORBEL towards offering shared services for life-science.
All RIs offer services, i.e. researchers from academia and industry can access their facilities, technologies and expertise. Services can simply be consultation, access to experts, but also access to data and biological samples, use of data analysis tools, access to facilities (e.g. highly specialised microscopes) plus support from technicians and much more.

The CORBEL Catalogue of Services is the first tool to list the main services of all these RIs at a glance and it aims to facilitate the utilisation of RI services by researchers from all over the world.

The Catalogue of Services as displayed below aims to provide you a basic overview on existing services within distinct thematic fields.
You can either use the Catalogue of Services to identify a single RI to help you with your work or you can create your own CORBEL service pipelines, i.e. using several RIs subsequently.

Examples of service pipelines are provided here. 

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BBMRI-ERIC

Website: www.bbmri-eric.eu

Contact person(s): Luc Deltombe, Johanna Dungl

BBMRI-ERIC is a research infrastructure of biobanks and biomolecular resources. Our main goal is to provide expertise and services, advancing the use of European sample collections and its data for the benefit of human health. Our activities are on a non-economic basis and primarily intended for our member countries.

Services provided

BBMRI-ERIC delivers services to their member states in 3 different areas: IT, Quality Management and ELSI

  • Key IT Services

          - Directory (collecting information about biobanks and their sample/data collections)
          - Negotiator (facilitating communication between researchers requesting samples/data
                 from biobanks)
          - Bibbox (toolbox for biobanks, open-source software)
          - MIABIS 2.0 (Community standard for sharing information about biobanks)

  • Key Quality Management Services

          - QM consultancy programmes, including a Self Assesment tool

  • Key ELSI Services

          - practical interpretation of new legislations
          - ethics check of ELSI compliance for research proposals
          - ELSI help-desk Services

Services are free for those biobanks that are located in a member state.
For further information please contact us.

Access modes

Access can be on-site or online, dependent on the requested service.
For further information please contact us.

Why to work with us

Reproducible data in research is key and in order to achieve that, you need high quality samples and data as starting point. BBMRI-ERIC enables biobanks to work with high quality samples and its associated data and supports controlled access to the wider research community, being a true gateway to health.

Countries involved

Members: AT, BE, CZ, EE, FI, FR, DE, GR, IT, LT, ML, NL, NO, PL, SE, UK
Observer: IARC/WHO, CY, TR, CH

EATRIS-ERIC

Website: eatris.eu

Contact person(s): Anne-Charlotte Fauvel

EATRIS supports researchers in translating their findings into novel interventions including preventive, diagnostic or therapeutic products up to clinical proof of concept. The infrastructure comprises over 90 leading research institutions in the translational field located in 12 countries across Europe. EATRIS also supports the validation and development of novel (biological) tools for precision medicine and translational research in drug development. By providing access to accredited facilities as well as market-oriented expertise, including partnering, regulatory and health-technologuy assessment, your validation needs are covered in a one-stop shop.

Services provided

Services offered by EATRIS include

  • support funding applications (Identification of partners for consortium building, assessment of the project plan's impact and innovation potential)
  • translational research facilities and expertise for development of novel biomarkers, diagnostics and therapeutics
  • molecular, functional & hybrid imaging technologies, preclinical models, samples, patient cohorts, GMP manufacturing
  • regulatory and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) expertise
  • advice on intellectual property issues and industry partnering strategy

Costs are calculated on a case by case basis depending on the service required.
For further information please contact us.

Access modes

Services performed can be offered either centrally by the coordination and support team based in Amsterdam or remotely by the EATRIS institutions.

Why to work with us

Translating novel biology insights into effective interventions or medical applications is a highly complex process. It requires significant dedicated expertise, facilities and resources. We believe in your medical innovation and we want to support you by bringing together the multi-disciplinary expertise and infrastructure required for optimising your translational trajectory. Working with EATRIS gives greater confidence in the translational feasibility of your project and its impact.

Countries involved

FR, NL, EE, CZ, SE, NO, FI, IT, ES, LV, SI, LU

ECRIN-ERIC

Website: www.ecrin.org

Contact person(s): European Correspondent in your country, Sabine Klager

ECRIN is a pan-European distributed infrastructure that links scientific partners and networks across Europe to facilitate multinational clinical research. ECRIN provides sponsors and investigators with support for the development and implementation of multinational trials.

Services provided

Services offered by ECRIN include

  • information and advice for funding applications and preparation of multinational clinical trials (methodology, operational aspects, regulatory, ethics, contracting...)
  • trial management operations (interaction with competent authorities & ethics committees, project management, monitoring, vigilance, data management)
  • clinical trial tools (outcome measures, regulatory database, site locations, risk-based monitoring)

Information and advice are free for ECRIN members. The cost of trial management services depends on the type of service requested.

Access modes

Users submit their proposal or request to ECRIN office; the access mode depends on proposal and needs.

Why to work with us

Difficulties in locating clinical trials units, fulfilling local legal, regulatory and ethical requirements, and coordinating multi-country trial management deter many researchers from attempting multinational trials. This means that most independent trials are conducted in single centres, or multiple centres within one country. ECRIN provides a pathway through Europe's fragmented health and legal systems with its pan-European infrastructure that is designed to support multinational clinical research and unlock access to patients and medical expertise.

Countries involved

FR, DE, HU, IT, NO, ES, PT
Observer: CZ, CH

EMBRC

Website: www.embrc.eu

Contact person(s): Florence Guillot

The European Marine Biological Research Centre (EMBRC) is a Research Infrastructure including 24 Operators across 9 different European countries. EMBRC is dedicated for marine biology and ecology research. EMBRC is offering to the scientific community, academic institutions and private companies a comprehensive set of services to study marine organisms and to give access to ecosystems. EMBRC is providing local or remote access to state-of-the-art national facilities such as renowned marine biological stations.

Services provided

The EMBRC service offer includes

  • access to ecosystems: coastal research vessels, scientific diving facilities, submersibles (ROV/AUV), in-situ sampling facilities and monitoring equipment, field stations
  • marine biological resources (micro & macro, alive & fixed, wild & cultivated): biobanks, culture collections (algae, bacteria, zooplankton... within RCC, MOLA, PCC, MCCV), marine model organisms, sampling upon request
  • experimental facilities: aquaria & mesocosms, wet and dry laboratories, climate rooms, field experiment
  • technology platforms: aquaculture, biological analysis, imaging, molecular biology and ‘omics, remote sensing and telemetry, structural and chemical analysis
  • e-Infrastructure, data & services: data, data analysis tools and softwares, computing and storage infrastructure, bioinformatics and data management services

Costs depend on the nature of the requested service.
Researchers can apply for funding from EMBRC to access it services, Open Calls are posted on the EMBRC website.
For further information please contact us.

Access modes

Through the 24 European operators, the user can access to the services remotelly or on-site. The user has to select the service of interest first and he/she will be redirected to the national website of the operator where detailed information are provided.

Why to work with us

Researchers should work with us in order to have access to marine ecosystems, marine biological resources and associated technological platforms for analysis.

Countries involved

BE, ES, FR, IT, GR, NO, PT, IL, UK

EMPHASIS

Website: emphasis.plant-phenotyping.eu

Contact person(s): Dr. Roland Pieruschka, Dr. Sven Fahrner

EMPHASIS is a pan-European distributed plant phenotyping infrastructure project. EMPHASIS will focus on developing and enabling access to plant phenotyping infrastructure and provision of services, essential for the analysis of crop performance with respect to structure, function, quality and interaction with the environment. It will thus support the exploitation of crop genetic diversity required for the enhancement of plant productivity and progress in plant breeding.

Services provided

In cooperation with EPPN2020, EMPHASIS offers access to plant phenotyping infrastructures, this includes

  • high-throughput facilities
  • lean field facilities
  • intensive field facilities
  • assay development
  • data management

Further services are currently under development and will be implemented in its operational phase.

The access provided currently via EPPN2020 is free of charge for selected user-groups, based on a simple application procedure and includes the logistical, technological and scientific support as well as specific training required to successfully complete the approved Transnational Access project.
For further information please contact us.

Access modes

European-wide access to plant phenotyping infrastructures is currently under development in our partner project EPPN2020 and will provided via its homepage.
Access will be accordingly provided by EMPHASIS once it reaches its operational phase.

Why to work with us

EPPN2020 provides Transnational Access to plant phenotyping infrastructure as a basis for novel scientific approaches to quantitative plant assessment in high thoughput. The installations represent a diverse set of facilities for plant phenotyping in Europe with focus on: i) no-invasive high throughput phenotyping under controlled conditions, ii) destructive sampling aiming at assessing underlying traits helping to understand the genetic variability of different plant processes, iii) controlled field facilities allowing users to control rainfall and/or the concentration of air CO2 together with high-definition non-invasive sensors. Transnational Access will be available based on a simple and transparent access procedure.

Countries involved

Preparatory Phase of the project: BE, FR, IT, NL, UK, DE

MIRRI

Website: www.mirri.org

Contact person(s): MIRRI Interim Secretariat

MIRRI is the pan-European research infrastructure for microbial resources [i.e. bacteria (including cyanobacteria), archaea, fungi, yeasts, plant viruses, bacteriophages and their isolated DNA]. In addition, the MIRRI repertoire also covers human, animal and plant cell cultures.

By provision of high quality microorganisms, associated data and the broad expertise of our partners, MIRRI aims to support research and development in the field of biotechnology.

Services provided

MIRRI services comprise

  • access to microorganisms/cell lines deposited in public collections
  • deposit of microorganisms/cell lines (public collection/patents)
  • phenotypic/molecular characterisation of microorganisms
  • identification/molecular typing of microorganisms
  • isolation/cultivation/preservation of microorganisms
  • microbial community analyses
  • microbial phylogenetic studies
  • screening/bioassays with microorganisms
  • access to microbiological databases
  • consultancy/contract research
  • legal issues (e.g. Nagoya Protocol)
  • biosafety/biosecurity
  • training

Costs depend on the kind of service requested.
For further information please contact us.

Access modes

Access modes depend on the kind of service requested.
For further information please contact us.

Why to work with us

MIRRI offers not only a broad spectrum of high quality microorganisms, but also a longlasting expertise in each field of microbiology. Aiming at harmonising the current microbial Biological Resource Centre (mBRC) landscape, MIRRI enables facilitated access to deposited microorganisms and is constantly improving the corresponding state-of-the-art service offers. Our experts ensure legal compliance of resources (Nagoya Protocol) and with the envisaged interoperability of existing and future databases researchers can exploit the full value of microorganisms.

Countries involved

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Please note: Most of the RIs are constantly developing their portfolio of services, so if you do not find the service/tool you are looking for, do not hesitate to contact the RI and ask for it!

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654248.

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