The UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC): Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to transforming the global economy from a dependence on fossil raw material to a sustainable bio-based economy.

Funding brief: The aim of the co-funded call is to contribute to transforming the global economy from a dependence on fossil raw material to a sustainable bio-based economy.

The submitted proposals must be multidisciplinary and include at least two of the following scientific approaches:
● Synthetic biology for the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, or re-design of existing, natural biological systems for useful purposes by use of (but not limited to) for example orthogonal bio-systems, regulatory circuits, minimal genome approaches and protocells
● Systems biology for optimisation of biological processes, including investigation of regulatory mechanisms in intra- and intercellular processes for bio-production, modelling, development of new computational methods and other new methodologies
● Use of bioinformatic tools(for example data standardisation, modelling, open repositories) for the identification and utilisation of metabolic pathways. Datasets can have different origins, for example appropriate datasets on genomics, phenomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics etc.; mapping and exploitation of cellular processes and metabolic capacities for bio-production and for strain/variety improvement are also included
● Biotechnological approaches(possibly in combination with chemical ones) to transform bio-based building blocks into molecules in a sustainable way.

Applications must address one of the topics described below:
● Topic A – Microbial communities (natural or synthetic), co-cultures and cascades of microorganisms for new products, value-added products and supply services as well as sustainable industrial processes
● Topic B – Pure cultures, cell free systems and enzymes for new products, value-added products and supply services as well as sustainable industrial processes.

Proposals should address the sustainable production and conversion of different types of feedstocks and bio resources into value-added products (for example bio-based materials, biofuels, biomedical products, flavours/fragrances, food/feed ingredients, pharmaceuticals, platform chemicals, pulp/paper products, textiles), or the development or improvement of sustainable industrial processes and supply services (for example upstream and downstream design, scale-up of biotechnological processes, systems approaches to bioprocesses and process development, gas fermentation).

Feedstocks and bioresources include, but are not limited to, syngas, waste and residues from households, agriculture, forestry, industrial by-products, and alternative raw materials.

The projects should fall within Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) two to six and increase their initial TRL by two levels. The inclusion of one or more industrial partners and end-users or stakeholders is strongly recommended but not mandatory.

Donor Name: The UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: 14th, December, 2018, 13:00 CET (12:00 GMT)

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: This joint call with an indicative budget of approximately €15 million brings together 18 funding organisations from 14 countries. BBSRC contribution is up to £2 million.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: The project duration must not exceed 3 years.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● Each consortium must involve at least three partners requesting funding from three different countries. Collaborators with externally secured funding may also form part of consortia
● Details of participating funders and further consortium criteria are provided in the call text available on the ERA CoBioTech: Submissions
● Standard BBSRC eligibility criteria will apply to UK partners.

Eligible Country: Consortia must include at least three eligible partners requesting funding from three different countries providing funds to this call. Consortia can involve a maximum of six partners. A maximum of eight partners is acceptable if the additional consortium partners are from any of these countries: Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia and Turkey. However, in any case no more than two partners requesting funding may come from the same country. Examples:

Eligible: 1 partner from Germany, 1 from UK, 1 from Spain, 2 from France, 1 from Belgium, 1 from Romania, 1 from Russia;

Eligible: 1 partner from Germany, 1 from UK, 1 from Spain, 2 from France, 1 from Belgium, 1 from Russia;

Eligible: 1 partner from Germany, 1 from UK, 3 from France (whereof 2 only requesting funding, 1 participating in-kind), 1 from Belgium, 1 from Russia;

Ineligible: 1 partner from Germany, 1 from UK, 1 from Spain, 2 from France, 2 from Belgium, 1 from Russia;

Ineligible: 1 partner from Germany, 1 from UK, 1 from Spain, 1 from France, 1 from Russia, 3 from Poland;

Ineligible: 3 partners requesting funding from Germany, 1 from UK, 1 from Spain, 1 from France;

Partners from countries not participating in the call may participate in a project at their own expense, if their contribution is important to achieve the project goals. The coordinator should take steps to ensure that sufficient funds are secured from these additional partners, and evidence of the availability of funds should be provided prior to project submission (letter of commitment, to be uploaded via the left navigation bar of the submission tool). The same applies for partners of participating countries not requesting funding. Partners participating at their own expense count towards the maximum number of partners but not to the minimum number of participants.

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● 
Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
● Form (Proposal): Click to view
● About: Click to view
● CV Template (mandatory): Click to view
● Letter of Commitment Template: Click to view

How to apply: The submission must be done online via www.submission-cobiotech.eu.
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