Marine Biotechnology – ERA-MBT
FCT is a member of an ERA-NET project in Marine Biotechnology, which builds on the CSA Marine Biotech project and develops the network further into a pan-European approach Marine Biotechnology R&D funding. ERA-IB-2 involves 19 funding agencies from 14 countries, seeking to identify best cooperation practices as the basis for the implementation of the European Research Area (ERA). This project is dedicated to promote transnational cooperation between funding agencies with research programmes in Marine Biotechnology (IB).
Calls for transnational research projects are one of the main goals of the ERA-NETs, as a mechanism for validating the cooperative effort between the various funding agencies. ERA-MBT intends to launch at least three transnational joint calls until the end of 2017.
First Transnacional Joint Call 2014
The ERA-MBT is pleased to announce the first transnational joint call for research projects related to “The development of biorefinery processes for marine biomaterials”. The main purpose of the call is to stimulate joint European research and development activities in marine biotechnology.
Together, the 14 funding organisations involved in this call expect to support around 12 Mill. € for marine biotechnology research. Transnational research consortia from academia, research institutes and industry are invited to submit proposals that develop new and/or improved biotechnological knowledge, tools and methods for the sustainable processing of marine biomass into a variety of bio-based products and/or services. This is best achieved through integrated biorefinery processes ideally utilising all molecular fractions present in the relevant biomass.
Each proposal must involve partners from at least three different countries but no more than eight partners overall.
Submissions of proposals will be in a two-step procedure: a pre-proposal step with submission deadline by December 10, 2014 (17:00,CET) , and a full proposal step for invited consortia with submission deadline by April 30, 2015 (17:00, CET) Projects are expected to start at the end of 2015 / beginning of 2016.
Participating Countries/regions: Belgium/Flanders (IWT e FWO), Denmark (IFD), Iceland (RANNIS), Irland (MI), New-Caledonia (ADECAL), Norway (IN e RCN), Portugal (FCT), Romenia (UEFISCDI), Slovenia (MZIS), Spain (MINECO) and Sweden (FORMAS e VGR)
Each Portuguese institution must sign and stamp a Declaração de Compromisso by the Portuguese Principal Investigator as well as by the Head of the Portuguese institution. A scanned copy of the “Declaration of Commitment”, in accordance with the template provided above, must be sent, by e-mail, to the FCT’s contact person no later than 10 working days after the pre-proposal submission deadline. FCT may request the original document at a later date.
The Portuguese institutions funding must follow the Regulations governing access to funding for scientific research and technological development projects. The dedication (FTE) in transnational projects is not taken into account for the 100% (FTE) dedication to national projects.
The financial commitment of FCT to support all topics in this call is EUR 325 000.
The funding for the Portuguese participation in a transnational proposal is limited to:
24-36 months project duration: EUR 200 000 for a proposal with Portuguese coordination;
24-36 months project duration: EUR 125 000 Euros for a proposal with Portuguese participation;
12-18 months project duration: EUR 50 000;
All the documents relative to this joint call as well as the electronic submission system of the pre-proposals and the full proposals are available here.
Partnering Tool available here.
For more information about the Portuguese participation on the ERA-MBT joint call 2014 contact the person at FCT.
FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126
1249 – 074 Lisboa
Tel: (+351) 213 911552
Link to ERA-MBT