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Preliminary announcement: an international call for proposals on Biotechnologies for a sustainable bioeconomy will be launched soon

Within the ERA-NET CoBioTech, the French National Research Agency (ANR) pre-announces the upcoming second call for transnational research projects in the field of biotechnologies. The Joint Call brings together 18 funding organisations from 14 countries. The one-phased call is expected to open on 16.10.2018 with a closing date on 14.12.2018, 13:00 CET.

This call aims to attract proposals focused on biotechnology as a key enabling technology (KET), in the context of the bio-based economy and to tackle 21st century societal challenges such as decarbonisation of the economy and reduction of the reliance on fossil feedstocks.

ERA CoBioTech aims to connect research partners with different but complementary scientific and technological expertise to maximise resources and share risks, costs and skills. Partnerships between academic researchers, and commercial and non-academic partners in the fields of biotechnology will improve and accelerate technology transfer and it will also strengthen European efforts to achieve sustainable industrial development.

Aim of the joint call

The aim of the call is to contribute to the transformation of the global economy from a dependence on fossil raw materials to a sustainable bio-based economy. The submitted proposals must be multidisciplinary and include at least one of the following scientific approaches:

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

Project areas

Applications must be multidisciplinary and address one of the two topics as described below:

  • Topic A – Microbial communities (natural or synthetic), co-cultures and cascades of microorganisms for new products, value-added products and supply services as well as sustainable industrial processes.
  • Topic B – Pure cultures, cell free systems and enzymes for new products, value-added products and supply services as well as sustainable industrial processes

Proposals should address the sustainable production and conversion of different types of feedstocks and bioresources into value-added products or the development or improvement of sustainable industrial processes and supply services.

Feedstocks and bioresources include, but are not limited to, syngas, waste and residues from households, agriculture, forestry, industrial by-products, and alternative raw materials.

Projects are expected to have a Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) ranging between 2 and 4 and should increase their initial TRL by 2 levels.

  • The inclusion of one or more industrial partner(s) and end-users or stakeholders is strongly recommended, but not mandatory.
  • As with previous funding calls, all projects will be expected to include aspects relating to ‘Responsible Research & Innovation’, communication and public engagement, and data management.
  • Previously unsuccessful ERA CoBioTech grant proposals must not be directly resubmitted in their original version. Resubmissions will only be considered if the proposal is substantially improved and will be accepted at the discretion of the ERA CoBioTech involved funders and Call Office. All proposals are checked in the peer review administration process to identify any direct resubmissions which will be rejected. Resubmitted proposals must be declared as such, and include details on the modifications which merit their re-consideration

The projects submission is a 1-step process: Submission deadline for the full proposals: December 14th 2018.

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