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Outcome of ERA CoBioTech’s co-funded call

22 projects successful!

Here's the outcome of the co-funded call.

by Petra E. Schulte, PtJ (Germany)

In ERA CoBioTech’s first call “Biotechnology for a sustainable bioeconomy” (co-funded by the EC) 22 multilateral research projects have been selected for funding, with a total budget of €mio 31.2.

22 funding organizations from 18 countries, including Argentina, Switzerland and Russia, combined their financial ressources from national and regional programmes with funding from the European Commission. The call 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.

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.

The projects with a duration of three years are expected to start between December 2017 and May 2018 at the latest, depending on grant negotiations with the relevant regional or national funding organisations.

List of projects recommended for funding:

  • BestBiosurf
  • BioDiMet
  • C1Pro
  • ComRaDes
  • CoolWine
  • HotSolute
  • MeMBrane
  • ScaleApp
  • sustainable co-production
  • Syntheroids
  • WooBAdh
  • YogurtDesign