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 bioresources such as experimental animals, plants, and microbes, 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 bioresources 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 bioresources.

Based on the Plan for Promotion of Medical Research and Development of the Healthcare Policy approved by the Cabinet in 2014, management of the NBRP was transferred to the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in FY2015.
From FY2002 to FY2016, systems for collection, preservation, and provision were established for bioresources at the NBRP, such as for experimental animals, plants, and microbes that are important in promoting life sciences research.
In the Fifth Science and Technology Basic Plan (FY2016 – FY2020), the government stipulated that intellectual infrastructures such as biological and genetic resources should be collected and utilized by public organizations both 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.
AMED continues to operate the fourth phase of NBRP (FY2017 – FY2021) to promote the strategic collection and utilization of these bioresources.

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 bioresources 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 bioresources. The bioresources 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 bioresources and increase their value, as well as to reinforce the unique nature and leading position of Japanese bioresources by enriching and expanding strain and characteristics information, genetic information, such as genome sequences of cDNA, and genome resources, including genome libraries of bioresources 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 bioresources 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 bioresources 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