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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.

Within ERA CoBioTech three joint calls were implemented:

Thirty two transnational project with public funding of more than 50 €M were funded.

Next to the cofunded and additional calls further additional activities are implemented:

In ERA CoBioTech, FNR was responsible for the preparation of the cofunded call, is leading the organisation of status seminars for the funded projects and Training Workshops for the Biotechnology Hub stakeholders (managers of the funded projects) and is supporting the implementation of the ERA CoBioTech video contest and preparation of joint policy brief.

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


FNR contact person:  Carina Lemke


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European Biotechnology and Society Online Seminar Series 2021

The second online Seminar Series Biotechnology and Society was organised over the course five weeks (from 09.06. – 07.07.2021). The participants were delighted to hear presentations from 11 groups of speakers with diverse perspectives: academic and industry scientists, social and interdisciplinary researchers, and research funders. An international audience of 25-50 audience members joined the event live each week, with 139 registrants overall (each recording was also viewed 24-50 times afterwards). More information about the second seminar series is available on the event website.

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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