ERA-IB continues to foster innovation in Industrial Biotechnology
ERA-IB is an ERA-NET supported by the European Community. In the ERA-NET “Towards an ERA in Industrial Biotechnology” partners (18) and observers (8) from 21 different countries join forces to reduce fragmentation of national research efforts in the area of Industrial Biotechnology. ERA-IB has already launched six joint calls. The first call (2008) resulted in eight financed projects, for a total budget of 9.7 million EUR. The second call (2010) resulted in ten projects for a total budget of 11.1 million EUR. In 2012 ERA-IB launched the third call which funded twelve granted projects out of 33 proposals for a total budget of 18 million EURO. The following calls were in collaboration with EuroTransBio (ETB). Concerning the fourth call, this resulted in eight projects recommended for funding. The evaluation procedure of the fifth joint call is finished and has resulted in ten projects recommended for funding. The last call, launched in December 2014 is still running, the deadline for the pre-poposals is 23 February 2015.