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Transnational research collaboration to boost research in industrial biotechnology

Aiming to increase Europe's competitiveness in the field of industrial biotechnology, an EU initiative provided a platform for long-lasting collaboration and cooperation between different countries.
Transnational research collaboration to boost research in industrial biotechnology
The growing need for renewable energy sources to substitute fossil fuels requires a more united European front in the field of industrial biotechnology. This could lead to sustainable, environmentally sound industrial processes and products, and avoid research and funding fragmentation.

Based on this, the EU-funded ERA-IB-2 (ERA-Net for industrial biotechnology 2) network worked to bring European countries together and strengthen the cooperation and coordination of their activities.

Project partners planned, prepared, implemented and followed up on five annual joint calls for research and development (R&D) proposals. The calls led to 44 projects, which secured about EUR 60 million in total funding. Several projects from the final call are still being negotiated. The projects involved academia and industry from 17 countries. Projects selected for funding started in early 2016.

Several stakeholder seminars were held to find topics for the calls. Relevant industry and academia actors from partner countries and European institutions identified R&D needs and possible future call topics. They also compared industry needs with national and/or regional R&D priorities. In all, 259 proposals were evaluated for the 5 joint calls.

A total of 42 projects continue to run after project completion, with some scheduled to finish in late 2016.

ERA-IB-2 contributed to bringing industrial biotechnology processes and products to the market by fostering the integration of R&D actors in the field. By launching five calls, it facilitated cross-disciplinary, transnational research projects that will lead to innovative, marketable and economic solutions for the bioeconomy.

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Transnational research, industrial biotechnology, ERA-IB-2, ERA-Net
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