Funding programmes, competitions and awards
Funding of transnational research projects under ERA-IB2: Industrial biotechnology for Europa
As part of the “National Research Strategy, BioEconomy 2030”, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has announced guidelines for the funding of transnational research projects under the programme ERA-IB2: Industrial biotechnology for Europe.
Funding is available for innovative, industry relevant applied research and development projects. Transnational projects must have a minimum of three and maximum of eight participants from a minimum of three different partner countries/regions contributing to the call. The active participation of an industrial partner in the consortium is strongly recommended but not mandatory.
Project proposals should address one or more of the following industrial biotechnology topics:
- Conversion of industrial by-products and biomass into value-added products.
- Novel systems for new or more sustainable processes using bio-catalysts such as enzymes, micro-organism and cell-free biosynthesis systems from natural or synthetic origins. This includes orthogonal biosystems, minimal genome approaches and protocells.
- Compounds by understanding and engineering metabolic pathways including synthetic biology approaches.
- Process development, intensification and/or integration in existing industrial processes (e.g. upstream or downstream design, scale-up of biotechnological processes).
More information can be found at: www.bmbf.de/foerderungen/bekanntmachung.php?B=1120
Funding measures for research and integrated postgraduate training and continuing training related to sub-Saharan Africa
As part of the Federal Government’s “Strategy for the Internationalisation of Science and Research – Partnerships for Sustainable Solutions with Sub-Saharan Africa”, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has announced guidelines for funding measures for research and integrated postgraduate training and continuing training related to sub-Saharan Africa.
Funding is available for joint research activities, capacity building and utilization measures and measures for postgraduate training and continuing training.
The aim of these funding guidelines is to enable research and related graduate training to be carried out in accordance with the BMBF programmes on bioeconomy, sustainable urban development and strategic raw materials with a view to solving these three major international challenges that are highly relevant to countries on the African continent.
Eligible applicants include universities, non-university research institutions and other institutions contributing to research as well as commercial enterprises headquartered in Germany, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), territorial authorities and associations of such authorities, and any other institutions which contribute to research and fulfil the purpose and requirements of funding.
More information can be found at: www.bmbf.de/foerderungen/bekanntmachung.php?B=1111
Fostering scientific and technological cooperation (STC) with Morocco
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has announced guidelines for the funding of scientific and technological cooperation (STC) with Morocco.
The aim of this call is to develop or intensify bilateral scientific cooperation between German and Moroccan institutions. Projects are to be implemented in collaboration with the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Professional Training under the Programme Maroco-Allemand de Recherche Scientifique (PMARS III).
Essentially, the call is designed to promote scientific cooperation in the area of education and research between German and Moroccan institutions. In addition, the call supports the preparation of joint project proposals that are to be submitted under European research framework programmes. Preference will be given to application-oriented projects, projects coordinated by junior researchers (post-docs) and projects that include partners from industry and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).
The call focuses on the following fields of research:
- Water and environment
- Food and agricultural sciences
- Renewable energies and energy efficiency
- Biomedical research (e.g. infectious diseases, oncology, metabolic disorders, neurosciences)
- Humanities and social sciences to master societal challenges.
More information can be found at: www.bmbf.de/foerderungen/bekanntmachung.php?B=1118