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Biotechnology: the ERA-Net EUROTRANS-BIO’s 4th Transnational Call is open

EUROTRANS-BIO is a network supported by the European Commission. It gathers agencies that dedicate national or regional funds to international cooperations, focusing on SMEs participation in the biotech sector. The 4th joint call for transnational projects is open from January 7th until April 27th, 2009.

7 January 2009 - 27 April 2009

EUROTRANS-BIO gathers biotechnology R&D funding programmes from Austria, Basque Country (Spain), Flanders (Belgium), Finland, France, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands, aiming at coordinating national and regional funding programmes for the benefit of SMEs in the field of biotechnology. Wallonia (Belgium), Hungary, Catalonia (Spain) and the Madrid Region (Spain) joined the consortium for the EUROTRANS-BIO 4th call.

EUROTRANS-BIO’s objective is to foster economic and academic biotech players in sharing risks, costs and skills related to innovation in order to develop new products, technologies or supply services that could reach the market more efficiently. EUROTRANS-BIO is an initiative supported by the European Commission.

In the three first calls (2006 & 2007 & 2008), EUROTRANS-BIO received 167 pre-proposals and 60 were successfully evaluated and recommended for funding. Selected projects cover various fields of economic interest (health, agro/food and environment). The total cost of supported projects is 104 M€.

The 4th call for international projects has been launched on January 7th 2009.

The ETB call 2009 is a generic call including all fields of biotechnology: red, green, grey/white and blue biotechnology.
Supported projects follow a bottom-up approach.

Who can apply?
EUROTRANS-BIO is dedicated to support SMEs and their academic partners.
Consortia consisting of at least two SMEs from two different participating countries can apply for EUROTRANS-BIO funding (Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Basque Country Catalonia and Madrid* (Spain), Flanders and Wallonia (Belgium)). SMEs forming a consortium can include, on a case-by-case basis, large companies, academic research groups and other organisations which belong to their countries. Consortia can involve as many partners as necessary to achieve the projects goals. The coordinator of the consortium has to be a SME (European definition).

Application Procedure
The application process is single-phased. Proposals are submitted electronically.

The deadline for submitting the proposals is April 27th 2009. The funding decisions are expected to be made in September 2009.

All the material is available on line at: htp://

EUROTRANS-BIO employs national resources. Each applicant is highly encouraged to contact his/her national contact to check national criteria before submission.

A specific electronic tool is now available to help proposers in consortium building
It will help matchmaking projects looking for partners and partners looking for projects. This tool is complementary of your usual approach for finding partner.