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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

Every Wednesday from 30th September  to 28th October 2020 at 14:00-15:00

As part of the ERA CoBioTech additional activities programme we are pleased to announce an upcoming series of five seminars exploring the social, environmental, political and ethical dimensions of biotechnology in Europe. The seminar series forms part of ERA CoBioTech's work on Responsible Research and Innovation, and biotechnology capacity building and are organized by the FNR in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and Durham University.

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.

Seminars will run online every Wednesday from 30th September  to 28th October 2020 at 14:00-15:00.

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


European Biotech Hub

Biotech Hub Workshop: Communication for impact

From the 11th to the 12th of June 2018 in the congress centre in Schmerlenbach, Germany, 22 representatives of projects funded within the cofunded call of ERA CoBioTech participated in the first workshop organized by the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR), within the framework of the European Biotech Hub. The European Biotech Hub was established by ERA CoBioTech with the aim of empowering biotechnology stakeholders with tailor-made support regarding information, communication, networking and research funding.

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The Biotech Hub workshop participants enjoyed the quiet hospital venue in Schmerlenbach and experienced a very productive and inspiring workshop (Source: FNR/Vashev)

Biotechnology for a sustainable bioeconomy: Kick-off event @ ACHEMA 2018

Coordinators and representatives of 22 research projects funded through the 1st ERA CoBioTech call, co-funded by the European Union, presented their starting research projects on June 13-14, 2018 in a kick-off event organised by the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) at the ACHEMA 2018 congress in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The four sessions of the event, entitled “Biotechnology for a sustainable bioeconomy” attracted more than 100 visitors. The audience learned about some of the excellent R&D transnational projects combining innovative interdisciplinary approaches, which aim to contribute to the transformation of the global bioeconomy from a dependence on fossil raw materials to a sustainable biobased economy.

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Source: FNR/Vashev

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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