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ProBIO Report Summary

Project ID: 652683
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.2.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ProBIO (Professional support to the uptake of bioeconomy RD results towards market, further research and policy for a more competitive European bioeconomy)

Reporting period: 2015-03-01 to 2016-02-29

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

ProBIO has a very ambitious goal: to make the best-possible use of results generated in FP7 KBBE projects. This initiative serves in fact the project consortia of FP7 and H2020 as well as the EC by preparing the knowledge from past projects for use as market product, process, material or application, for use as input to further R&D&I work and for use to inform policy making.
The overarching goal of the ProBIO project is two-fold:

1. to address the flow of bioeconomy Research and Innovation project results (supported by the EC under the FP7 KBBE programme) in order to accelerate gap bridging between research outputs and their market applications. This will be done by selecting, accompanying and coaching the most promising result owners.
2. to foster networking and knowledge exchange processes between different European bio-economy initiatives (under FP7 and H2020) and the most relevant field players in the field

The ProBIO project goal has been split into seven specific sub-objectives :
1. To identify the most promising R&D results (based on market exploitation standpoints) and their owners by screening the 411 FP7-supported KBBE projects (WP1)
2. To pinpoint the most probable exploitation options for each of the retained R&D results, using assessment and ranking tools of the studied results ( using the TRL scale and selected business target groups) (WP2)
3. To accelerate the innovation process bringing R&D results to profitable business exploitation, thanks to individual coaching of at least 24 teams ending with business plan consolidation (WP3)
4. To contribute to increasing the number of innovative products and processes reaching the market by linking the more robust business proposals (at least 12) to industrial and/or financial investors (WP3)
5. To support further bio economy R&D results by raising their TRL value through R&I initiatives involving more of the bio-economy field players (WP4)
6. To foster networking and knowledge exchange processes between players of the bio-economy innovation value chain through events aiming at a better uptake of bio-economy best practices (WP5)
7. To raise awareness of policy makers and general public about the socio-economic impacts of bio-economy research, with a focus on the needs for proper regulations and standards of use (WP6)

To reach the above objectives, ProBIO intends to screen 411 KBBE projects for results, describe them in interaction with the KBBE consortia and finally classify each result according to its nature.
The ProBIO experts will take these results and support them with dedicated professional coaching and tools with a view to:
a) accelerating market entry tghrough business coaching of the most promising R&D results;
b) facilitating the flow of knowledge into new R&I projects in order to reach a higher TRL level;
c) feeding policy-relevant results into the political process to inform policy making

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

In this first reporting period (12 months), ProBIO consortium has worked hard for the implementation of the actions as described in the DoA.
The major efforts have been put in WP1 and 2 as these were focused on selection of KBBE projects, collection of information on results achieved and identification of the most interesting and promising ones for further delivery of support services.
397 projects have been detected: therefore the partners have been absorbed by an intense activity aimed at contacting the projects’ coordinators (through mail, phone and direct contacts), collecting further info concerning projects and their evolutions, explaining what ProBIO was about, clarifying the benefits of ProBIO services for projects’ results owners, verifying potential involvement for future actions and fixing a dedicated meeting to discuss deeply about how to proceed (only for the interested projects).
At the end of this action, 76 results have been selected to be assisted by ProBIO and duly structured in a B3O template (i.e. Bio-Based Business Opportunity), a form that describes in detail the projects’ results, the development stage and the owner: all this information has been used as an input for the assessment and classification of the exact type of support that ProBIO could provide.
The selected projects have been then forwarded to WP2 so as to assess the results collected and check their suitability for either market uptake or further R&I activities or relevance for policy making and define the most suitable way to support and share them among ProBIO partners according to the existing expertise.
An evaluation and selection procedure has been elaborated and 67 B3Os (out of the 76) have been selected for ProBIO support. In parallel, a specific action has been addressed to identify the Bio-Based Policy Relevant Results (PRRs), i.e. results having a policy dimension.
After the identification, detection and selection of projects, managed under WP1&2, the results started to be processed in concrete through the coaching service within WP3 & 4: some “Coaching documents” have been developed so as to provide guidelines for ProBIO experts toward the cases they have to manage while a mapping of the funding opportunities has been prepared with the aim of knowing all relevant funding programmes and opportunities actually available.
To monitor the actions implemented and the needs of results’ owners, a set of reporting documents has been also created.
Concerning dissemination and communication activities, a lot of work has been already done in this firs reporting period. Regarding promotional events, a big conference titled “Making more on Bioeconomy R&D results” was organised in Brussels on October 6th and 7th, 2015 with the aim of offering the KBBE projects, the opportunity to transfer best practices in sustainable processes and technologies, facilitating the flow from discovery to further research and innovation or the market.
Regarding communication, a communication strategy has been defined and therefore all necessary tools to promote the project properly have been developed: a project logo and splash page have been created and a newsletter has been published to keep ProBIO community informed about project’s progress.
Also dedicated articles have been released to raise awareness of bioeconomy themes in the general public and published on project’s splash page.
Concerning the project’s management, the project’s coordinator has been responsible for the implementation of the project as foreseen in the DoA, monitoring the deliverables production and guaranteeing the respect of deadlines.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Since the project start, ProBIO consortium has mainly focused its activities on the identification of the most promising KBBE projects, on the definition of the most suitable services they need to be properly valorised and on the planning of the actions that can be offered by its internal experts.
An interesting activity will surely be the one related to the detection and process of the so-called Bio-Based “Policy Relevant Results” (PRRs), i.e. results having a policy dimension.
Out of the 21 PRRs assessed in WP2, 20 PRRs were selected to benefit from the ProBIO support with a view to policy uptake.
These results will be used to define a set of recommendations that will focus upon factors that actually condition research results adoption and exploitation and will illustrate the conditions for sustainability. This analysis will also serve as a guidance for future developments and initiatives in the bioeconomy area and will help the policy makers optimising their political financial strategies.
This action has not started since the PRRs have not been processed yet.

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Record Number: 190099 / Last updated on: 2016-11-07
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