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Centre of Plant Synthetic Biology for Bio-engineering and Sustainable Agriculture

Objective

We propose to create a joint venture between Central European Institute of Technology at Masaryk University (CEITEC MU), an emerging flagship research center in Brno, Czech Republic, and VIB, an advanced biotechnological institute in Ghent, Belgium. The main goal is to strengthen excellence and relevance of research at CEITEC MU through capitalization on the joint academic expertise and infrastructure to exploit newly emerging field of plant synthetic biology for tackling global challenges connected to sustainable agriculture and plant-based primary production. PASSAGE will build on complementarity in scientific expertise and infrastructure between the partners, major contributions being structural biology at CEITEC MU and systems biology and bioinformatics at VIB, which jointly provide a solid ground for mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership. VIB succeeded in establishing mechanisms to catalyze the biotech cluster in Flanders, and it is committed to channel this long-term experience and know-how in science management and translational research to CEITEC MU. The CEITEC MU will, among others, gain experience on how to strengthen technology transfer and overcome the existing weakness of the biotech sector in South Moravia. The upgraded support will enable effective translation of the generated knowledge into biotech applications in agriculture, food and material production, energetics, and human health.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/synthetic biology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/molecular biology/structural biology
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/sustainable agriculture
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

H2020-WIDESPREAD-04-2017-TeamingPhase1
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

Masarykova univerzita
Address
Zerotinovo Namesti 9
60177 Brno Stred
Czechia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 250 000

Participants (1)

VIB VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent
Activity type
Research Organisations