ERA-MBT funds six projects in the first joint call
In the first joint call entitled “The development of biorefinery processes for marine biomaterials”, the Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET (ERA-MBT) has selected six projects to be funded with a total budget of more than € 8 million. After the submission date of 10 December 2014, 37 pre-proposals were received requesting a total funding of € 42 million. There were 23 proposals requesting € 27.5 million selected to continue to the next stage. From these full proposals 6 were selected to be funded.
The aim of the first Joint Call is to bring together basic, applied, technology and market driven research approaches to enhance and develop efficient and sustainable biotechnology-based biorefinery processes for marine bioresources. Transnational research consortia from academia, research institutes and industry were 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.
Projects are expected to start at the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016.