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ERA.NET Projects

ERA.Net RUS Plus

Joint call for Innovation projects.
The goal of the call was to create a long-term research collaboration in the field of innovation between EU Member States/Associated Countries and Russia. Innovative research collaboration of a high standard between teams from EU Member States and/or Associated Countries and Russia were supported through an open competition.

EU-Russia collaborative innovation projects can be funded in research areas thematically assigned to innovative technologies of high utilization and with a high market potential and of particular importance for the EU as well as for Russia.

By innovation projects are meant joint R&D projects designed to lead to innovative products, services or processes of significant economic and/or societal value. Compared to the rather advanced cooperation between the EU and Russia in the field of basic research, the cooperation in the field of innovation still bears a lot of potential to be exploited. Against this background this joint activity shall also address applied research and technology development implemented by small sized innovative research performing enterprises in Russia in partnership with universities and/or non-university public or private research performing institutions/companies from EU.
Call closed: 28 May 2014

Joint Call for S&T Projects
The goal of the call was to create long-term research collaboration in the fields of research and innovation between EU MS/AC and Russia.

By S&T projects are meant joint Research and Development (R&D) projects undertaken by a partnership of institutions («consortium») designed to produce new knowledge through fundamental, experimental and/or theoretical scientific research, whereby each team of the partnership actively pursues specific objectives with a view to pooling the results to contribute to common, well-defined objectives.
Call closed: 25 September 2014.



EuroTransBio is an international funding initiative supported by European program owners. It has established itself as the preferred funding instrument for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), collaborating in the area of modern biotechnology. The mission of ETB is to foster the competitiveness of the European biotechnology industry by supporting research intensive SMEs and their strategic partner with the aim of achieving a thriving European biotechnology industry.

Since 2006, ETB has been launching annual calls for innovative research proposals. ETB operates under the ERA-NET scheme since 2004 and will develop to an international funding initiative in 2013. Also in the future, ETB will continue to launch annual calls.
The mission of ETB is to foster the competitiveness of the European biotechnology industry by supporting research intensive SMEs and their strategic partner with the aim of achieving a thriving European biotechnology industry.



ERA-IB is an ERA-NET funded from the European Commission's sixth Framework Programme (FP6).
In the ERA-NET "Towards an ERA in Industrial Biotechnology" partners from 12 different countries joined forces to reduce fragmentation of national research efforts in the area of Industrial Biotechnology (IB).

IB, although already successfully established in some sectors, is still in its infancy. More in-depth knowledge derived from both basic as well as applied research is necessary to fully explore the wide range of possibilities. As national strategies and activities in this area are currently being developed and implemented, it is now the moment for effective coordination and cooperation in Europe.

Funding is available for innovative, industry relevant Industrial Biotechnology projects on the following topics:
1. Conversion of industrial by-products and biomass into value-added products;
2. Novel systems for new or more sustainable processes e.g. the use of enzymes, micro-organism and cell-free biosynthesis systems;
3. New compounds from existing, but not well studied biological systems, through a greater understanding of their metabolic pathways;
4. Modelling and optimisation of biological processes;
5. Process development, intensification and/or integration in existing industrial processes e.g. upstream or downstream design, scale-up of biotechnological processes.



ERA-SME is a pilot initiative of conducting multilateral calls for implementation of joint Euro-Russian projects in the field of applied research on various topics. This contest is the thirteenth in a row for the project and the second with the participation of Russia and the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology.



M-ERA.NET started, in February 2012, as a network of 36 public funding organisations, of which 29 are national and 8 regional, from 25 European countries. M-ERA.NET aims to identify further relevant European programmes and develop links with partners outside Europe. It aims to develop a long-term cooperation between funding organisations across the EU.The M-ERA.NET Call 2015 will be launched in February 2015.