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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Contact person(s): info(at)

The European Marine Biological Research Centre (EMBRC-ERIC) is a Research Infrastructure including 29 Operators across 9 different European countries. EMBRC is dedicated for marine biology and ecology research. EMBRC offers 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, other
  • e-Infrastructure, data & services: data, data analysis tools and softwares, computing and storage infrastructure, bioinformatics and data management services
  • supporting facilities: in-house lodging, in-house catering (administrative restaurant), workspaces (e.g. offices, conference and meeting rooms with videoconference system), training facilities, lab spaces (wet laboratories, aquariums with different volumes capacities)

Prices depend on the nature of the service and are available upon request.

Access modes

Through the 29 European operators, users can access the services remotely or on-site. The user has to select the service of interest, submit a proposal and he/she will receive feedback or be contacted.

Why to work with us

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

Countries involved




Contact person(s): Dr. Hervé Raoul, Diana Stepanyan-Yerdamian

European Research infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents (ERINHA) is set up to reinforce the European capacities for the study of high consequence pathogens (e.g. Ebola, Lassa, Nipah etc.) and enhance the coordination of Biosafety level 4 and supporting infrastructures. It provides a world-leading high containment capacities and unique expertise and gives access to all interested relevant scientists with large scale research programmes. ERINHA as a legal entity operates as an AISBL - International non-profit Association under Belgian law. It started its implementation phase from July 2017.

Services provided

The services offered by ERINHA include

  • access to state of art European high containment facilities and high consequence pathogens expertise (BSL 4 and connecting infrastructures) to perform research activities (cutting-edge technologies and functions to perform excellence oriented research: e.g. epi-fluorescence microscopes, automate for animal biological analysis, cytometry, laminar BSC etc.)
  • project coordination and management of large scale research programmes on high consequence pathogens
  • training for potential users
  • advice and scientific expertise provider: RG4 pathogens research, containment facilities construction, biosafety/biosecurity issues, sample transport etc.
  • access to pathogens specimens

Costs for offered services are currently under reevaluation.
For further information please contact us.

Access modes

The ERINHA's Central Coordination Unit ensures access to the RI services. Projects can be submitted by academic, public and industrial users. Projects will be selected based on the scientific excellence and should match with ERINHA's scientific strategy.

Why to work with us

The 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak and cases in Europe demonstrated the worldwide vulnerability and need for common action putting together rare high containment capacities and expertise to be able to increase European and global preparedness for outbreaks of high consequence pathogens. ERINHA facilitates access to required infrastructure capacities thanks to its CCU and multiple high containment and complementary European resources. It is a unique coordinated infrastrucuture providing transnational access to its facilities, large scope of services and shorter delays in access.

Countries involved

Upcoming members: HU, GR



Contact person(s): INFRAFRONTIER Scientific User Support

INFRAFRONTIER is the European research infrastructure for the development, phenotyping, archiving and distribution of model mammalian genomes. It is formed by more than 25 research centres in 14 European countries and Canada. In INFRAFRONTIER these partners join forces to commonly advance the basic understanding of human health and disease using mouse and rodent models.

Services provided

Services offered by INFRAFRONTIER include

  • archiving and distribution of scientifically valuable mutant mouse strains
  • rodent model development (mouse and rat) using gene targeting in embryonic ES-cells or CRISPR/CAS9 technologies
  • systemic phenotyping of mutant mice for a whole-organism view on gene function
  • germ-free (axenic) mice
  • validated genetically engineered mouse models of cancer
  • access to comprehensinve expertise and training

    Some of the INFRAFRONTIER resources and services are provided free of charge, others entail user fees to recover costs.
    There are periodic Open Calls to fund researchers, for detailed information see the INFRAFRONTIER website.
    For further information please contact us.

    Access modes

    Access modalities vary with the kind of resource or service requested.
    For further information please contact us.

    Why to work with us

    INFRAFRONTIER provides access to unique resources and expertise to advance the understanding of human health and disease using mammalian models. Our users can rely on highest quality standards and long-standing experience. INFRAFRONTIER’s one-stop-shop facilitates efficient research.

    Countries involved

    DE, GR, FI, CZ, FR, EMBL



    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

    under development

    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!