Funding pre-announcement: ERA-Net CoBioTech call expected early Dec 2016

By Amy Tayler

Aim and scope of the call

The aim of the co-funded call is to contribute to transforming the global economy from a dependence on fossil raw material to a sustainable bio-based economy. The submitted pre-proposals must be multidisciplinary and they will include at least one of the following scientific approaches:

  • Synthetic biology
  • Systems biology
  • Use of bioinformatic tools for the identification and utilisation of metabolic pathways
  • Biotechnological approaches (possibly in combination with chemical ones)

The co-funded call covers industrial biotechnology. Applications must address one of the topics described below:

  • Sustainable production and conversion of different types of feedstocks and bioresources
  • New products, value-added products and supply services
  • Sustainable industrial processes

The projects should fall within Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 3-6, although projects are not necessarily required to cover the whole range. Industry engagement should be appropriate for the TRL range being investigated.

The co-funded call with an indicative budget of approximately €36.3M brings together 21 funding organisations from 18 countries. BBSRC contribution is up to £2M.

The full pre-announcement document can be downloaded from the BBSRC website.

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