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ERASynBio 1st Joint Call

ERASynBio 1st joint call 2013: 8 proposals selected for funding

The 1st joint call for proposals of ERASynBio was launched in May 2013 under the ERA-NET scheme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission. The call for proposals resulted in 55 proposals. 8 proposals were selected for funding, receiving public funding of more than 13 M EUR.

In total, the proposals included 307 different partner organizations: research organizations (279), SMEs (12), large companies (3). The projects covered all scientific (sub) fields of the call. Most projects are focusing on research issues related to Metabolic engineering (33), followed by Orthogonal biosystems (14), Bionanoscience (12), Regulatory circuits (10), Minimal genomes (7) and Protocells (4). Most proposals indicated that their research is connected to more than one of the listed (sub) fields.

Through the first joint transnational call of ERASynBio, eight projects involving 35 partners from 9 countries were funded. The coordinators of the projects come from five countries (Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, UK, US). Further analysis revealed that the majority of funded projects asked for a budget between 1 M and 2 M €, having an average number of 4 participants in the project.

List of funded projects:

Bio Molecular Origami: establishing foundations in structural synthetic biology to engineer biomolecules for new routes to nanoscale objects and biomaterials


Roman Jerala National Institute of Chemistry Slovenia
Hendrik Dietz Technical University of Munich Germany
Derek Woolfson University of Bristol United Kingdom
Andrew Tuberfield University of Oxford United Kingdom
David Baker University of California USA
Siriam Kosuri University of Washingthon USA
Tomaz Pisanski University of Ljubljana Slovenia



Induced Evolution of Synthetic Yeast genomes


Joel Bader The John Hopkins University USA
Lars Steinmetz European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Germany
Yizhi Cai University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
Romain Koszul Institute Pasteur France





Beatrix Süß Darmstadt University of Technology Germany
Sven Panke ETH Zürich Switzerland
Phillip Holliger Univ. Cambridge United Kingdom
George Church Harvard Medical School USA



Establishment of a fully synthetic, mirror-image biological system


Jörg Hoheisel German Cancer-research center (DKFZ) Germany
Jussi Taipale University of Helsinki Finland
Andreas Plückthun Universitty of Zurich Switzerland



A twofold retrosynthetic implementation of a novel biochemical pathway


Georg-August-University Goettingen Germany
University of Basel Switzerland
ETH Zurich Switzerland
Graz University of Technology Austria
FGen GmbH, Basel Switzerland



Engineering the chloroplast of microalgae as a chassis for the direct production of solar fuels and chemicals


Thomas Happe Ruhr-University Bochum Germany
Gilles Peltier CEA Cadarache France
Fraser Armstrong University of Oxford United Kingdom



Synthetic Glycobiology - new strategies to build and functionalise proto-cells and proto-tissues


Bruce Turnbull University of Leeds United Kingdom
Winfried Römer Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg Germany
Ola Blixt University of Kopenhagen Denmark
Birgit Wiltschi Austrian Center of Industrial Biotechnology Austria
Anne Imberty Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble France



Synthetic biochemical pathways for efficient production of novel biofuels


Lars M. Blank RWTH Aachen Germany
Jochen Förster Technical University of Denmark Denmark
Vassily Hatzimanikatis University of Lausanne - EPFL Ecole Polytechnique Federale Switzerland
Jay Keasling JBEI Joint BioEnergy Institute USA