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Industrial biotechnology: funding of European research projects

Under the ERA-NET IB programme, the German Federal Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) is funding international projects including German research institutions and companies dealing with industrial biotechnology. The programme is coordinated by the German Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR).

Industrial biotechnology (IB), also known as “white biotechnology”, refers to the industrial production of organic basic and fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and active substances using enzymes and micro-organisms. Renewable resources are the major raw materials used in these processes.

Although industrial biotechnology is already firmly established in some areas, the development of its full potential has only just begun. This not only requires basic but also applied research. Useful strategies and activities, which were developed and implemented on a national level, will now be utilised in a European framework. Research funding institutions from ten European countries and Israel have therefore initiated a joint initiative for transnational research projects as part of the ERA-Net IB programme.

The current call focuses on the fields of enzymes, micro-organisms, biopolymers and biomonomers, as well as on the improvement of technological processes. Funding will be made available to projects dealing with several of the aforementioned topics. German research institutions and companies are invited to submit project proposals up until 31st May 2008. Each project has to involve institutions of at least three of the countries participating in the call. In principle, partners from other countries can also be part of the suggested projects as long as their financing is secured by their respective national funding institutions. All applications will be evaluated by an international group of experts and take into account the decision of the respective national funding criteria; German projects have to be in line with the guidelines of the “Renewable Resources” programme of the German Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV).
Further information:
Dr. Dietmar Peters
Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V./German Agency for Renewable Resources
Hofplatz 1
18276 Gülzow
Tel.: +49 (0)3843/6930-109
Fax: +49 (0)3843/6930-102
E-mail: d.peters@fnr.de
Website address: https://www.biooekonomie-bw.de/en/articles/news/industrial-biotechnology-funding-of-european-research-projects