Granted projects of the 5th joint call

The 5th transnational call, organised by ERA-IB and EuroTransBio (ETB), has led to ten granted projects. These projects will receive approximately 15 Mio Euros in total.

The following projects started in March 2015

  • MetaCat: A metagenomic collection of novel and highly efficient biocatalysts for industrial biotechnology;
  • CO2CHEM: Biological conversion of CO2 to the platform chemical 3-hydroxypropanoic acid;
  • ChitoTex: Development and production of new insect chitosan and chitosan based functional coatings for yarns and textile fabrics;
  • LIGBIO: A Synthetic Biology approach for bacterial bioconversion of lignin into renewable chemicals;
  • NeBrasCa: Next Generation Immunosuppressants: Brasilicardin synthesized by Nocardia spp.;
  • OXYPOL: Optimized laccase systems for high-value bio-plastics production from biomass; and
  • PROCAR: The exploitation of Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous as a sustainable platform for the PROduction of high-value CARotenoids.


These projects started in May 2015

  • FILAZYME: Novel approaches to develop filamentous micro-organisms for enzyme production;
  • EcoYeast: Mastering the economics of adaptation  through constraint-based modeling in yeast; and
  • DYNAMICS: Analysis and optimization of industrial microorganisms under dynamic process conditions.


Call topics

The call covers the following: ‘Industrial biotechnology for Europe: an integrated approach’, and can include one or more of the following topics concerning process, products/markets and function-based bio-products.


  • 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