03 November 2011

European funds for biotechnology research

European gratn funds for industrial Research and development project in Biotechnology 
Deadline: 1st February 2012

The strategic objective of the call is to foster the competitiveness of Europe’s biotechnology industry by supporting research intensive SMEs and their strategic partnerships. The programme focuses on supporting innovation and competitive research in SMEs by funding transnational projects with challenging application aspects and a substantial commercial impact on the market.
This call addresses applications in all fields of modern biotechnology, irrespective of particular branches (red, green, grey (environmental), white (industrial) and blue biotech projects are welcome).
Funding is intended for innovative biotech-projects in the fields of:
  • Industrial research & development (planned research or critical investigation aimed at the acquisition of new knowledge and skills for developing new products, processes or services or for bringing about a significant improvement in existing products, processes or services. It comprises the creation of components of complex systems, which is necessary for the industrial research, notably for generic technology validation, to the exclusion of prototypes as covered by “experimental development”)
  • Applied research (the implementation of the results of industrial research for the creation of commercial applications. Applied research is performed in order to solve specific, practical questions related to product development up to the first prototype).
Projects must be technologically innovative and create economical value. They may involve any kind of work up to and including the pre-competitive phase (i.e. up to the first prototype)
Belgium, represented by the regions of: Flanders, Wallonia
France, represented by the region of: Alsace
Spain, represented by the regions of: Andalusia, Basque Country, Catalonia, Navarra
The consortium consists of at least two enterprises belonging to two different countries participating in the call and coordinated by a SME.
A minimum of 50% of the total project costs must be budgeted for SME partners within the consortium