Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET news

The Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET (ERA-MBT) ended in December 2017 and published its last newsletter including information on the third joint call results and the new initiatives on marine biotechnology which will work further on building the blue bioeconomy in Europe.

ERA-MBT final conference
ERA-MBT held its final conference in Oslo, Norway, on 20 and 21 November 2017. It brought together 80 delegates from industry, academic institutions, policy bodies and funding agencies. The conference provided a forum for networking that fostered productive discussions and generated insights into scientific, economic and societal impacts of marine biotechnology.
More information, including presentations and a news article can be found on the ERA-MBT website.

3rd ERA-MBT call
The 3rd ERA-MBT call entitled "Metagenomic approaches for valorization from the marine environment" aims to support joint European research and development activities in marine biotechnology. The main purpose was to stimulate the development and utilisation of culture independent methods to study genetic material of marine, non-cultivable microbes, related to the valorisation of bioactive molecules from the marine environment. Five projects have been selected for funding, with a total budget of € 6.27 million. Information on the selected projects, which are expected to start early 2018, can be found in the newsletter on the ERA-MBT website.

ERA-NET Cofund on Bleu Bioeconomy
ERA-MBT has, in cooperation with the recently ended ERA-NET on aquaculture (COFASP) and the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans), worked with the European Commision (EC) to take up the legacy from the two ERA-NETs with a strong link to the activities in JPI Oceans. The objective is to valorise aquatic bioresources to create jobs, provide food, feed and bio-based products, and pave the way for a sustainable and competitive European blue bioeconomy. These efforts have resulted in a call for an ERA-NET Cofund in the workprogramme 2018 – 2020 (BG-02-2018).  More than 20 partners from 16 European countries including new member states and associated countries have provided indicative commitment of more than €20 million with the ambition to launch additional calls. A contribution of €8 million from the EC is envisaged, and interest expressed by international partners will be followed up.

The last ERA-MBT newsletter can be found on the ERA-MBT website

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