ERA CoBioTech continues to support biotechnology research projects that contribute to a sustainable bioeconomy

ERA CoBioTech has launched a second transnational joint call for research projects which aims to contribute to the transformation of the global economy from a dependence on fossil raw materials to a sustainable bio-based economy. There are 18 funding organisations from 14 countries involved in this call. There is no Dutch funding organisation participating in this call. Partners from countries not participating in the call may participate in a project at their own expense, if their contribution is important to achieve the project goals. The total available budget is approximately EUR 15 million.

Research projects must be multidisciplinary and will need to address one of the following topics:
Topic A – Microbial communities (natural or synthetic), co-cultures and cascades of microorganisms for new products, value-added products and supply services and sustainable industrial processes
Topic B – Pure cultures, cell free systems and enzymes for new products, value-added products and supply services and sustainable industrial processes

The submitted proposals must be multidisciplinary and include at least two of the following scientific approaches:

  • Synthetic biology for the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, or re-design of existing, natural biological systems for useful purposes by use of e.g. (but not limited to) orthogonal bio-systems, regulatory circuits, minimal genome approaches and protocells.
  • Systems biology for optimisation of biological processes, including investigation of regulatory mechanisms in intra- and intercellular processes for bio-production, modelling, development of new computational methods and other new methodologies.
  • Use of bioinformatics tools (e.g. data standardisation, modelling, open repositories) for the identification and utilisation of metabolic pathways. Datasets can have different origins, e.g. appropriate datasets on genomics, phenomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics etc.; mapping and exploitation of cellular processes and metabolic capacities for bio-production and for strain/variety improvement are also included.
  • Biotechnological approaches (possibly in combination with chemical ones) to transform bio-based building blocks into molecules in a sustainable way.

The call applies a one-stage-scheme. Full proposal submission closes on 14 December 2018. Funding will be granted for a maximum of three years according to national regulations. Projects are expected to start between September 2019 and February 2020.

For more information, please visit the ERABioTech website

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