U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
1 April 2022 to 31 March 2027
Dusti Gallagher, Phytobiomes Alliance
The U.S. Culture Collection Network (USCCN) brings together scientists working with laboratory based collections of microbes.
The mission of the USCCN is to facilitate the safe and responsible utilization of microbial resources for research, education, industry, medicine, and agriculture for the betterment of humankind.
The first phase of the network ran from 2012 to 2020 (NSF grant #1534564) and engaged the U.S. culture collection community through meetings, webinars, and site visits and produced publications and position papers to support the safe and responsible utilization of microbial resources.
The current second phase (NSF grant #2124633) – USCCN 2.0 – will expand the scope and reach of the original network. It will build relationships with current and new sources of culture and living collections and will engage scientists across multiple disciplines to work toward addressing challenges and needs shared by all microbial collection managers and users.