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 (19) and observers (7) 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 nine granted projects for almost 14 Mio euros. The fifth joint call has resulted in ten granted projects for app. 15 Mio euros, which started in 2015. The last call, launched in December 2014, is in an the evaluation phase and has resulted in 28 full proposals. By the end of September, the ERA-IB consortium will announce the names of the projects recommended for funding. The granted projects will start by the end of 2015 or early in 2016, depending on the funding organization.