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The Synthetic Biology ERA-NET (ERASynBio) announced its 1st joint call for transnational research projects in Synthetic Biology: "Building Synthetic Biology capacity through innovative transnational projects".

The call will be open until 26 August 2013
, 17:00 CET and represents a unique opportunity for Europe and the USA to build Synthetic Biology capacity through innovative transnational projects.

Together, the 13 funding agencies involved in this call expect to support around 15,500,000 € of Synthetic Biology research, which can be described as a multidisciplinary approach at the intersection of life sciences, engineering and information technology. The 1st joint call will address broad research areas within Synthetic Biology, based on the following definition: “Synthetic Biology is the engineering of biology: the deliberate (re)design and construction of novel biological and biologically based parts, devices and systems to perform new functions for useful purposes, that draws on principles elucidated from biology and engineering.”

The projects could originate from one or more of the following scientific (sub) fields:
  • Metabolic engineering: Attaining new levels of complexity in modification of biosynthetic pathways for sustainable chemistry.
  • Regulatory circuits: Inserting well-characterised, modular, artificial networks to provide new functions in cells and organisms.
  • Orthogonal biosystems: Engineering cells to expand the genetic code to develop new information storage and processing capacity (xeno nucleic acids) and protein engineering.
  • Bionanoscience: Developing molecular-scale motors and other components for cell-based machines or cell-free devices to perform complex new tasks.
  • Minimal genomes: Identifying the smallest number of parts needed for life as a basis for engineering minimal cell factories for new functions.
  • Protocells: Using programmable chemical design to produce (semi-)synthetic cells.

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