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.
>> In order to improve the catalogue, we kindly ask you to fill in a short feedback form.
What’s your need?
Data & Databases
Technologies & Facilities
- accreditated/certified facilities (ISO certified, GLP, GMP, GCP)
- adaptation / development of assays (compounds etc.)
- adaptation / development of assays (human/non-human samples)
- high-throughput screening
- imaging (biological)
- imaging (medical)
- isolation / cultivation / characterisation of microorganisms
- -omics technology platforms
- plant phenotyping technologies/facilities
- production of high quality protein samples
- structural biology technologies/software
Models & Tools
Expertise & Support
- biomarker validation
- biosecurity / biosafety (incl. regulatory) issues
- data management expertise
- development of project towards a medical application
- ethical / legal issues, informed consent
- innovation management support
- mouse model generation, phenotyping and cryopreservation
- multinational clinical trial (establishment / management / monitoring)
- outbreak / emergency response / epidemiology
- support to submit a project proposal
- systems biology expertise
- training courses
- The following RIs offer complementary services:
Contact person(s): info(at)embrc.eu
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.
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)
Why to work with us
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.
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.
Why to work with us
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.
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
Why to work with us
Contact person(s): Project Manager: Dr. Tanja Miletic
EU-OPENSCREEN integrates high-capacity screening platforms throughout Europe, which jointly use a rationally selected compound collection, comprising up to 140.000 commercial and proprietary compounds collected from European chemists. EU-OPENSCREEN offers to researchers from academic institutions, SMEs and industrial organisations open access to its shared resources.
EU-OPENSCREEN will collaboratively develop novel molecular tool compounds with external users from various disciplines of the life sciences.
Services provided by EU-OPENSCREEN include
- high-throughput compound/ drug screening (HTS): HTS of an assay against the EU-OPENSCREEN chemical collection (> 100,000 compounds); in silico profiling; hit selection; confirmatory screening; basic counter screening; basic SAR based on screening data; QC of confirmed hits
- access to a unique European compound collection: EU-OPENSCREEN chemical collection (> 100,000 compounds)
- assay adaption: This assay adaptation process will involve a strong emphasis on quality, including: quality control of reagents; (patho-)physiological relevance; pharmacological consistency; robustness; minimised variability; and tracking of statistical descriptors (e.g. signal to background and the Z’ factor)
- chemical optimization and profiling of preliminary ‘hits’
- bioprofiling of donated compounds: All compounds donated by the user which enter the EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC compound collection are characterised and annotated for basic physico-chemical (e.g. identity, solubility, light absorbance and fluorescence) and essential to know biological properties (cytotoxicity, antibiotic, antifungal etc.) by testing in a standard panel of assays.
- provision of standardised data: All data generated through QC/bioprofiling and screening activities will be published in EU-OPENSCREEN’s open-access database with an optional ‘grace’ period (i.e. delayed publication of data). Large-scale open-access data provide the basis for computational data integration to obtain a systematic view, allow for prediction of drug-target interactions and networks as well as of adverse effects and drug combinations. The access to the EU-OPENSCREEN database will utilize the facilities of ChEMBL.
- training and education activities
Why to work with us
Euro-BioImaging (EuBI) provides open physical user access to a broad range of state-of-the-art imaging technologies for life scientists in Europe and beyond. In the future, it also will offer image data support and training for infrastructure users and providers and continuously evaluate and include new imaging technologies to ensure cutting-edge services in a sustainable manner.
Through Euro-BioImaging (EuBI), researchers can have access to imaging instruments, receive expert technical assistance and support both with project planning and during project execution. In the future, EuBI will offer image data support and training for infrastructure users and providers. Since May 2016, EuBI has opened its doors to the scientific community with the start of Interim Operation. This means that all researchers at any stage of their career can now request access to 36 imaging technologies hosted at 28 EuBI Node Candidates (specialized imaging facilities hosting the technology and expertise) located in 11 European countries and at EMBL.
Please visit the EuBI Web Access Portal for more information about the offered imaging technologies as listed below:
- biological Imaging: Laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM / CLSM), Spinning disc confocal microscopy (SDCM), Deconvolution widefield microscopy, Multiphoton microscopy systems, Total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRF), Fourier transform infrared imaging (FTIR)
- super resolution microscopy: Stimulated emission depletion microscopy (STED), Photo activated localization microscopy (PALM), Stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM), Reversible saturable optical fluorescence transitions (RESOLFT), Ground state depletion microscopy (GSD) / Ground state depletion microscopy followed by individual molecule return (GSDIM), 4Pi microscopy
- functional imaging: Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS), Fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy (FCCS), Fluorescence-lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM), Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), Raman spectroscopy, High-throughput microscopy, Electron microscopy, Correlative light electron microscopy (CLEM)
- mesoscopic imaging: Objective-coupled planar illumination (OCPI), Selective plane illumination microscopy (SPIM), Optical projection tomography (OPT), Digital scanned laser light-sheet fluorescence microscopy (DSLM)
- multi-modal molecular imaging: (Micro)-PET, (Micro)-SPECT, (Micro)-MRI/MRS, (Micro)-CT, (Micro)-US, (Micro)-PET/CT, (Micro)SPECT/CT, Optical imaging
Note: The "micro" prefix in brackets before the name of a technology, e.g. (micro)-MRI, indicates that imaging equipment and set-up optimized for both large and small animals are available.
- medical imaging: High-Field MRI, Phase contrast imaging, Multimodal Imaging (MRI-PET), Population Imaging
- data management
Why to work with us
Contact person(s): Dr. Claudia Alen Amaro, Instruct Project Manager
Instruct-ERIC is a pan-European research infrastructure in structural biology, making high-end technologies and methods available to scientists. Access is provided free for academic scientists at Instruct centres and includes expert support.
Services offered by Instruct include
- Sample Preparation: Crystallisation, Nanobody Discovery, Protein Production;
- Biomolecular Analysis: Imaging, Mass Spectrometry, Molecular Biophysics;
- 3d Structural Analysis: Electron Microscopy, Magnetic Resonance Techniques, X-ray Techniques;
- Compuational Services for Structural Biology: Bioinformatics Tools, Integrative Modelling, Crystallography, Electron Microscopy, NMR
More information about our current technology offering can be found at
Why to work with us
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.
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)
Why to work with us
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!