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Cofund on Biotechnologies

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First transnational call for research projects

Aim of the co-funded call

The first transnational joint call for research projects (co-funded by the EC) within the framework of ERA CoBioTech aimed at biotechnology as a key enabling technology (KET), in the context of the bio-based economy to tackle 21st century societal challenges such as decarbonisation of the economy and reduction of the reliance on fossil feedstocks. Funding is granted for a maximum of three years according to national regulations.


In a two-phase submission process 100 eligible pre-proposals were peer reviewed and ranked by a panel of international experts from 15 different countries. Based on the ranking and the available national/regional funding 41 research consortia were invited to submit a Full Proposal. After peer review and ranking of the Full Proposals by the same evaluation panel the Call Steering Committee selected 22 research consortia for funding from the ranking list again, within the limits of available national/regional and EC funding.



  • pre-proposal: the submission deadline was by March 2, 2017
  • full proposal: the submission deadline for invited proposals was by July 20, 2017.

Call documents can be found here

Selected projects recommended for funding can be found here

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