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INNOVATIVE TOOLS FOR SUSTAINABLE EXPLORATION OF MARINE MICROBIOMINNOVATIVE TOOLS FOR SUSTAINABLE EXPLORATION OF MARINE MICROBIOMES: TOWARDS A CIRCULAR BLUE BIOECONOMY AND HEALTHIER MARINE ENVIRONMENTS

Objective

Marine microbiomes represent 90% of the total living marine biomass but only a small fraction of them can be cultivated. For this reason, they are an underexplored source of bioactive compounds, carbohydrate polymers and proteins, among others. Sampling the marine biodiversity, screening, identifying and isolating the relevant microbes is cumbersome, expensive and results in a heavy environmental burden, low yields, high costs and long times to market. Therefore, new approaches are necessary to overcome the limitations for the study of marine microbial communities and their “econological use”. BLUETOOLS will unravel the potential of marine microbiomes for healthier oceans and the Blue Bioeconomy through integration of different fields to develop cutting-edge tools that support fast, efficient AND sustainable exploration and exploitation of microbiomes, avoiding the drawbacks of conventional biodiscovery practices.
The expected results of BLUETOOLS include discovering several hundreds of enzymes, rhodopsins, resistance genes, antimicrobials and anti-microfouling agents, thanks to a hybrid workflow of in silico and microfluidics-based functional discovery, resulting in the commercialization ≥400 enzymes for biocatalysis and ≥2 new solutions for plastic/polymer degradation, increasing the revenue of our industrial partners by 10-15%.
BLUETOOLS assembles 5 leading European companies, 8 academic teams and 1 private RTO that have pioneered approaches in functional metagenomics, microfluidics, microbial ecology and synthetic biology. The presence of diverse, complementary industrial stakeholders in the consortium (from pharma to materials science to sustainability) at different stages in the research-to-market process (from RTOs to SMEs to large end-users) provides a unique opportunity for broad value creation. The planned activities will span 48 months and the project is estimated at ca. 9 M€, with 60% of the total dedicated to creating highly-qualified jobs

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Net EU contribution
€ 1 075 665,00
Address
Calle Einstein 3 Ciudad Univ Cantoblanco Rectorado
28049 Madrid
Spain

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 075 665,00

Participants (12)

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 637 621,25
Address
Campus De San Vicente Raspeig
03690 Alicante

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Region
Este Comunitat Valenciana Alicante/Alacant
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 637 621,25
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNICA AEROESPACIAL ESTEBAN TERRADAS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 623 382,50
Address
Cr Torrejon Ajalvir Km 4 2
28850 Torrejon De Ardoz Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 623 382,50
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 697 705,00
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim

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Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 697 705,00
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE TOULOUSE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 621 460,00
Address
Avenue De Rangueil 135
31077 Toulouse

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Region
Occitanie Midi-Pyrénées Haute-Garonne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 621 460,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
Net EU contribution
€ 72 660,00
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 72 660,00
UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 765 975,00
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 25
33615 Bielefeld

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Detmold Bielefeld, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 765 975,00
CONTACTICA SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 385 125,00
Address
Calle Canchal 8 Local 3
28021 Madrid

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 385 125,00
SINTEF AS
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 748 591,25
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim

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Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 748 591,25
EUROPEAN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION INSTITUTE (ESCI) GGMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 355 875,00
Address
Lindenstrasse 87
26123 Oldenburg

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Region
Niedersachsen Weser-Ems Oldenburg (Oldenburg), Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 355 875,00
SERVIER GYOGYASZATI VEGYTANI KUTATOINTEZET ZARTKORUEN MUKODO RESZVENYTARSASAG
Hungary
Net EU contribution
€ 449 750,00
Address
Zahony Utca 7
1031 Budapest

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Region
Közép-Magyarország Budapest Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 449 750,00
BASF SE
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 588 900,00
Address
Carl Bosch Strasse 38
67063 Ludwigshafen Am Rhein

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 588 900,00
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
Net EU contribution
€ 600 322,50
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 600 322,50

Partners (2)

PROZOMIX LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Station Court 3
NE49 9HN Haltwhistle

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
North East (England) Northumberland and Tyne and Wear Northumberland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
No data
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge

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Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
No data