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Pre-announcement ERA-IB’s 7th Call

ERA-IB-2 is pleased to announce the seventh transnational joint call for multilateral research projects using Industrial Biotechnology. This call will be organised in collaboration with ERASynBio and ERA-MBT.

 

For our UK members, please note UK Research Councils and Innovate are not supporting ERA-NETS this year.

By combining forces of the three ERA-NETs, more funding will be available and the geographical coverage is expanded. The main purpose of the call is to generate joint European research and development activities in the field of Industrial Biotechnology addressed by synthetic biology/biotechnology approaches. Joint projects must have a minimum of three and maximum of eight participants from a minimum of three different ERA-IB-2, ERASynBio and/or ERA-MBT partner countries. The participation of an industrial partner in the consortium is recommended but not mandatory.

The 7th joint call will officially be launched on 2 November 2015 and closes on 1 February 2016 (13:00 CET).

Projects are expected to start in late 2016.

 

Participating partners

To date, several funding organizations have declared their interest in participation (marked with * and still pending on decision). The final list will become available on 2 November 2015 (at http://www.era-ib.net/7thjointcall). Below you can find an overview of all funding organizations in the three ERA-NETs.

ERA-IB-2:

  • Agentschap voor Innovatie door Wetenschap en Technologie (IWT), Belgium*
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Germany
  • Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst (SMWK)/Freistaat Sachsen, Germany
  • Latvian Academy of Sciences, (LAS) Latvia
  • Norges forskningsråd (RCN), Norway
  • Narodowe Centrum Badań i Rozwoju (NCBR), Poland
  • Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal
  • Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii (UEFISCDI), Romania
  • Фонд содействия развитию малых форм предприятий в научно-технической сфере (Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises) (FASIE), Russia
  • Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (MINECO), Spain
  • Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu (TUBITAK), Turkey

ERASynBio:

  • Academy of Finland (AKA), Finland
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Germany (also partner in ERA-IB-2)
  • Latvian Academy of Sciences, (LAS) Latvia
  • Norges forskningsråd (RCN), Norway (also partner in ERA-IB-2)
  • Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal, (also partner in ERA-IB-2)
  • Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (MINECO), Spain, (also partner in ERA-IB-2)
  • Kommission für Technologie und Innovation (KTI), Switzerland

ERA-MBT:

  • Agentschap voor Innovatie door Wetenschap en Technologie (IWT), Belgium (also partner in ERA-IB-2)*
  • Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD), Denmark*
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Germany (also partner in ERA-IB-2 and ERASynBio)
  • Norges forskningsråd (RCN), Norway, (also partner in ERA-IB-2)
  • Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal, (also partner in ERA-IB-2)
  • Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii (UEFISCDI), Romania, (also partner in ERA-IB-2)
  • Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (MINECO), Spain, (also partner in ERA-IB-2 and ERASynBio)

 

Call topics

With this joint call, ERA-IB-2, ERASynBio and ERA-MBT want to foster the integration of different steps of the whole value chain. The call addresses ‘Industrial biotechnology for Europe: an integrated approach’. Funding is available for innovative, industry relevant Industrial Biotechnology projects on the following topics:

  1. Conversion of industrial by-products and biomass into value-added products
  2. Novel systems for new or more sustainable processes using bio-catalysts such as enzymes, micro-organism and cell-free biosynthesis systems from natural or synthetic origins. This includes orthogonal biosystems, minimal genome approaches and protocells.
  3. Compounds by understanding and engineering metabolic pathways including synthetic biology approaches.
  4.  Process development, intensification and/or integration in existing industrial processes e.g. upstream or downstream design, scale-up of biotechnological processes.

 

Proposals dealing with synthetic or biotechnological approaches in marine systems are eligible and explicitly invited, as are all other proposals in the field of synthetic and industrial biotechnology. However, since there will be a dedicated call for proposals from ERA-MBT about “Bioactive molecules from the marine environment – Biodiscovery” – this theme is not included in the scope of the ERA-IB call and such proposals should be submitted in the frame of the upcoming ERA-MBT call planned to be published in November 2015.

Proposals should clearly address the product and market to be envisaged, involving biotechnological processes, e.g.

  1. Bio-based materials
  2. Platform chemicals e.g.  bio-monomers, oligomers and polymers
  3. Pharmaceuticals, functional food/feed ingredients

Please check national/regional regulations since some of these topics may be not suitable for all agencies. As well as describing the technical aspects of the project, proposals should describe their social, economic and environmental impact.

 

Findout more at http://www.era-platform.eu/news/pre-announcement-era-ibs-7th-call

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