3.75 million euros for international collaboration biobased research Netherlands – Brazil

17 January 2014

Following previous international collaborative programmes with China and India, NWO's first programme with Brazil has started as well. With this, NWO's internationalisation agenda of further strengthening the position of Dutch research through strategic collaboration with the so-called emerging science nations is being further realised. Moreover, with the subject Biobased Economy, NWO is making an important contribution to the economic priority area policy with this programme and to the direction of the economic priority areas Chemistry, Agri&Food and Energy.

Braziliaanse en Nederlandse vlag

The collaboration with Brazil comprises the awarding of 13 research projects in the area of Biobased Economy for a total amount of 3.75 million euros. NWO's Governing Board is contributing 2.75 million euros, and NWO Chemical Sciences and NWO Earth and Life Sciences are jointly contributing 1 million euros. In the projects, researchers in the Netherlands and Brazil will intensively collaborate for a period of several years and share the knowledge acquired. In the Netherlands, thirteen PhDs and postdocs will be engaged in research and the same research effort will be made on the Brazilian side. An exchange programme in which Brazilian researchers come to the Netherlands and vice versa will be a standard component of each project.

Biobased Economy

Biobased Economy is an alternative for the current economy based on crude oil whereby crops and biomass are used as effectively and as efficiently as possible to provide society with food, cattle feed, materials, chemicals, energy and fuel. Much research is still needed. In this programme the two countries will join forces, whereby the Dutch strengths in innovative agriculture, ecology, chemistry and biotechnology will be linked to the emerging knowledge in Brazil with its enormous biomass potential. Joint projects are focused on crop improvement, sustainable agriculture, biorefining and biomass conversion into chemicals and biofuels.

International collaboration, assessment and selection process

NWO published a call for proposals with both its Brazilian federal sister organisation CNPq and its counterpart in the state of Sao Paulo FAPESP. In the joint assessment procedure with international advisers, 34 proposals were assessed in the funding round with CNPq and 19 in the funding round with FAPESP. In total six research projects with CNPq and seven research projects with FAPESP were awarded funding.

Projects awarded funding

Round with CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development)

Dr R.J.M. Kormelink (Wageningen University and Research Centre) and Dr R.O. Resende (Universidade de Brasília) Towards broad, stable and durable resistance against Tospoviruses and Begomoviruses in Solanum lycopersicon

Prof. A. Kolb (Eindhoven University of Technology) and Prof. J. Dupont (UFRGS)
Development of Innovative Catalysts for Syngas Adjustment and Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis from Biomass for Integrated and Decentralised Production of Renewable Synthetic Fuels – DICAFIR

Prof. H.J. Bouwmeester (Wageningen University & Research Centre) and Dr CAC Carollo (INAU)
Sustainable bisabolol production from renewable resources

Prof. A.Y. Hoekstra (University of Twente) and Prof. Q. de Jong van Lier (Universidade de Sao Paulo)
Agricultural resource efficiency and reduction of impacts under land-use and climate change scenarios in Brazil

Dr H.W.M. Hilhorst (Wageningen University & Research Centre) and Dr E.A.A. da Silva (Universidade Estadual Paulista)
Genetic and molecular basis of chlorophyll retention in soybean seed

Dr E.E. Kuramae (Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO)) and Dr P.D. Silveira (Instituto Agronômico Campinas (IAC))
Harnessing the rhizosphere microbiome to enhance plant productivity

Round met FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation)

Prof. A.P.C. Faaij (Utrecht University) and A.C. da Silva Walter (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)
Sustainable development potentials and pathways for biobased economy options: an integrated approach on land use, energy system and economy and environment

Dr G.F. Wiegertjes (Wageningen University & Research Centre) and Dr F. Pilarski (Universidade Estadual Paulista)
Use of branched 1,3/1,6 beta glucan, MacroGard®, a waste product of the production of sugar and ethanol from baker's yeast, to stimulate the innate immune system of farmed fish

Dr E.E. Kuramae (Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO)) and Dr H. Cantarella (Instituto Agronômico Campinas (IAC))
Microbial networks in control of greenhouse gases emissions in Bio-based agriculture - MiniBag

Prof. L.E.M. Vet (Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO)) and Prof. L.A. Daniel (Universidade de São Paulo)
Recovering nutrients and carbon from concentrated black water

Dr D.J. Scheffers (University of Groningen) and Dr H. Ferreira (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)
New environmental-friendly compounds to combat citrus canker

Dr J. Falcão Salles (University of Groningen) and Dr F. Dini Andreote (Universidade de São Paulo)
Microbial Consortia for Biowaste Management - Life cycle analysis of novel strategies of bioconversion (MICROWASTE)

Dr W.M. van Gulik (Delft University of Technology) and Dr J.G. Cabrera Gomez (Universidade de São Paulo)
Programmable balancing of growth and formation of polyhydroxyalkanoates in Escherichia coli

Source: NWO