About the NBRP

The Purpose and Relevance of Our Work

The major aim of the National BioResource Project (NBRP) is to collect, preserve, and provide bio-resources (strains, populations, tissues, cells, genes of animals, plants and microorganisms, and information on these materials for R&D use) that are essential experimental materials for life science research. To be able to meet current scientific needs, the project also aims to increase the usefulness of these bio-resources via the addition of genome information and development of fundamental technologies for preservation and other necessary procedures. The information center will also be upgraded to promote the dissemination of information on the whereabouts and biological characteristics of these bio-resources.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has conducted the National BioResource Project (NBRP) since FY2002 to comprehensively promote life sciences. In the project, the systems of collection, preservation, and distribution were established for bio-resources, such as experimental animals, plants, and microbes (strains, populations, tissues, cells, and genetic materials of animals, plants, and microbes and their information as research and development materials) that require strategic development by the national government.

In the Sixth Science and Technology Basic Plan (FY2021 – FY2025), the government stipulated that intellectual infrastructures and biological and genetic resources such as genetic data that are the foundations of data-driven research should be provided strategically and systematically. The NBRP therefore plans to build on the existing intellectual infrastructure by improving the quality of available resources in response to diverse needs and promote the strategic collection and utilization of these bio-resources.

Project Aims

General Outline of the Project

The National BioResource Project is implementing the following four programs to facilitate the collection, preservation, and provision of bio-resources and the development of related technologies: (1) a core facility upgrading program, (2) a genome information upgrading program, (3) a fundamental technology upgrading program, and (4) an information center upgrading program.
These programs will accomplish the purpose of the project described above and will be coordinated to produce synergistic effects.

1. The core facility upgrading program

The core facilities will be established to carry out the collection, preservation, and provision of bio-resources. The bio-resources selected for the NBRP are of fundamental importance in life sciences research, must be of the highest quality, and must originate in Japan.

NBRP Network of Japan

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2. The genome information upgrading program

The aim of this program is to improve the quality of bio-resources and increase their value, as well as to reinforce the unique nature and leading position of Japanese bio-resources by enriching and expanding strain and characteristics information, genetic information, such as genome sequences of cDNA, and genome resources, including genome libraries of bio-resources that are collected, preserved, and provided by the NBRP.

3. The fundamental technology upgrading program

Development of technologies relating to the collection, proliferation, quality management, preservation and provision of bio-resources that are the subjects of the core facilities upgrading program.

4. The information center upgrading program

Construction and upgrading of databases holding locational information, genetic information and the biological characteristics of bio-resources that are collected at the core facilities, and enhancement of the NBRP’s public relations via its website.

The Organization of the Information Center Upgrading Program