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Pre-Announcement of second call

Pre-Anouncement second call
Boris Vashev, FNR

The next joint call for research projects will be launched in October 2018.

ERA CoBioTech pre-announces the upcoming second call for transnational research projects in the field of biotechnologies. The Joint Call, with an indicative budget of approximately 15.3 M€, brings together 18 funding organisations from 14 countries. The one-stage call (incl. “rebuttal” stage) is expected to open on 16.10.2018 with a closing date on 14.12.2018, 13:00 CET.

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 as well as sustainable industrial processes.

Topic B – Pure cultures, cell free systems and enzymes for new products, value-added products and supply services as well as 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.

For more information, please download the official pre-announcement of the call. More information can also be found here.

Pre-Anouncement second call [PDF, 198.2 KB, not barrierefree]