ERA-IB 5th Joint Call

6 February 2014

ERA-IB has launched a fifth international joint call for multilateral research projects within the scope of Industrial Biotechnology (IB). NWO participates in this call with a budget of M€ 0,8 for Dutch sub projects. The deadline for the submission of the pre-proposals is 31st of March 2014, 1:00 pm

Results of the assessment of pre-proposals will be communicated no later than the mid of May 2014. Coordinators of successful pre-proposals are invited to submit a full proposal by the 30th of June 2014, 1:00 p.m. Final results of the call will be communicated mid December 2014. Joint projects are expected to start early 2015.

Joint projects must have a minimum of three and maximum of eight participants from a minimum of three different ERA-IB-2 and/or EuroTransBio partner countries. The participation of an industrial partner in the consortium is mandatory. Universities of applied sciences (HBO-instellingen) and TO2 institutes (TNO, ECN, NLR, Deltares, MARIN and DLO) may also act as (co) applicant. Dutch sub projects should include the participation of a Dutch university or NWO institute. The maximum total amount applied for a Dutch sub project is k€ 250.  

Call ‘Industrial biotechnology for Europe: an integrated approach’

Funding is available to fund innovative industrially relevant research and development projects on one or more of the following topics:


  • Conversion of industrial by-products and biomass into value-added products
  • Novel systems for new, more sustainable processes (bio-catalysts such as enzymes, micro-organism and cell-free biosynthesis systems)
  • New compounds from existing, but not well studied biological systems, by understanding their metabolic pathways
  • Modelling and optimisation of biological unit operations / modelling for the improvement of cellular bio-processes
  • Process development, intensification and/or integration in existing industrial processes (e.g. downstream and scale-up, process design, scalability)



  • Development of new functional materials / properties from renewable resources
  • Development of platform chemicals including bio-monomers, oligomers and polymers
  • Biomaterials, pharmaceuticals, functional food/feed ingredients 


Function-based bio-products: from function to process

  • Function-based bio-products and bio-process design


Documentation and information

Call documentation can be downloaded from  

For more information on this call, please contact the ERA-IB Call Secretariaat: Ms Marion Karrasch, E:  

Dutch PI’s can also contact NWO, Ms S. Licumahua,, 070 – 344 06 15.

Website ERA-IB: 

The following ERA-IB partner organisations participate in the ERA-IB 5th call:

  • Agentschap voor Innovatie door Wetenschap en Technologie (IWT) Belgium;
  • Styrelsen for Forskning og Innovation (DASTI) Denmark;
  • Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie (ADEME) France; 
  • Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR) Germany; 
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) Germany; 
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek(NWO) The Netherlands; 
  • Norges forskningsråd (RCN) Norway; 
  • Narodowe Centrum Badań i Rozwoju (NCBiR) Poland; 
  • Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) Portugal; 
  • Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii (UEFISCDI) Romania;
  • Фонд содействия развитию малых форм предприятий в научно-технической сфере (Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises) (FASIE) Russia 
  • Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (MINECO), Spain; 
  • Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu (TUBITAK) Turkey; 
  • Technology Strategy Board (TSB) United Kingdom; 
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) United Kingdom.


Under the umbrella of EuroTransBio, these partners will participate in the 5th joint call: 

  • die Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG) Austria; 
  • Service public de Wallonie, Direction générale opérationnelle de l’Économie, de l’Emploi et de la Recherche (SPW-DGO6) Belgium; 
  • Tekes palvelee suomalaisen elinkeinoelämän ja tutkimuksen uudistumista  (Tekes) Finland; 
  • Agencia de Innovación y Desarrollo de Andalucía (IDEA) Spain.


Source: NWO