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ERA CoBioTech

The ERA-Net Cofund on Biotechnologies is an ERA Net Cofund Action under Horizon 2020 that builds upon the achievements of ERA-IB-2 (ERA-Net for Industrial Biotechnology 2), ERASysAPP (ERA-Net for Applied Systems Biology) and ERASynBio (ERA-Net for Synthetic Biology).

ERA CoBioTech brings together 23 partners and 3 observers from 20 countries and was started with the launch of a cofunded call for transnational R&D proposals on 01.12.2016.

The key mission of ERA CoBiotech is to:

  • maximise synergies between current mechanisms of biotechnology research funding in Europe,
  • foster the exchange of knowledge across borders,
  • highlight the benefits of a bio-based economy for society,
  • maintain and strengthen Europe’s position in biotechnology.

Next to the cofunded call additional activities are planned:

  • additional joint calls
  • developing a Strategic Innovation and ResearchAgenda for ERA CoBioTech
  • Establishment of European Biotechnology Hub

In ERA CoBioTech, FNR is majorly involved in the organization of status seminars for the funded projects and Training Workshops for the Biotechnology Hub stakeholders (managers of the funded projects) and was responsible for the preparation of the cofunded call.

Joint cofunded Call „Biotechnology for a sustainable bioeconomy“
The cofunded call „Biotechnology for a sustainable bioeconomy“ raised a great awareness by academia and industry in the biotechnology domain and was closed on 02.03.2017.  In a two-phase submission process 100 eligible pre-proposals were peer reviewed and ranked by a panel of international experts from 15 different countries. Based on the ranking and the available national/regional funding 41 research consortia were invited to submit a Full Proposal. After peer review and ranking of the Full Proposals 22 research consortia were selected for funding and are now running from 2018 to 2021. The German Partners of the two successful consortia INDIE and C1Pro are funded by FNR.

Further information about ERA CoBioTech and the joint calls:and the cofunded call:


FNR contact person:  Dr. Boris Vashev


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European Biotechnology and Society Online Seminar Series 2021

Every Wednesday from 9th June to 7th July 2021 at 14:00-15:00 CEST

ERA CoBioTech is proud to announce that the successful European Biotechnology and Society Online Seminar Series – which was organised last autumn together with the University of Edinburgh (UK) and the University of Durham (UK) – will be continued in 2021.

The second series of online seminars will again be open for everyone and mainly focus on Responsible Research and Innovation and how (approaches, methods, experiences and good practices) to consider societal and environmental aspects in projects funded within ERA CoBioTech and other programmes. Each seminar will bring two speakers into dialogue, offering their perspectives on new approaches, methods, and (good and bad!) experiences, developed to better understand the place of biological science in the world today. After each session, a possibility for open discussion and longer interaction with the speakers will be provided.

Seminars will run online every Wednesday from 9th June to 7th July 2021 at 14:00-15:00 CET.

Visit the special event website to find further information and feel free to contact the organising team at rri-cobiotech(at)

European Biotechnology and Society Online Seminar Series

The first online Seminar Series Biotechnology and Society was organised over the course six weeks (from 30.09. – 04.11.2020). We were privileged to hear presentations from 12 groups of speakers and one discussant with diverse perspectives: scientists, philosophers, research funders, and social or interdisciplinary researchers. Speakers shared their practical and conceptual work on social, environmental, political and ethical dimensions of biotechnology in Europe. We were also delighted that each week more than 40 audience members joined us – and well over 60 on some occasions. Over the series there were over 200 unique registrants from 29 countries from Europe and beyond. Visit the event website to learn more about the speakers and topics and to obtain the seminar materials.


ERA CoBioTech has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 722361.






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