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EUROTRANS-BIO

EUROpean network of TRANSnational collaborative RTD for SMEs projects in the field of BIOtechnology


Participants

13

Countries

6

Calls

3

Projects

57

Objective

Within the world-wide competition, European Biotechnology SMEs are facing a challenge to gain a critical size on the market in terms of RTD project portfolio, capitalisation, and scientific and managerial excellence. Currently, national RTD programs for biotechnology SMEs and public research laboratories do exist in many EU member states. However, transnational funding within the national/regional programs is not common. In the European Community, transnational public-private partnerships cou...

Within the world-wide competition, European Biotechnology SMEs are facing a challenge to gain a critical size on the market in terms of RTD project portfolio, capitalisation, and scientific and managerial excellence. Currently, national RTD programs for biotechnology SMEs and public research laboratories do exist in many EU member states. However, transnational funding within the national/regional programs is not common. In the European Community, transnational public-private partnerships could achieve synergy effects, reduce risks and costs in R&D projects and thus gain benefits in competitiveness.

The aim of the EUROTRANS-BIO project is to commit ministries and government agencies from Member States (Austria, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain/Basque Country) in the design and the implementation of a truly integrated transnational RTD program. Such an activity will develop best practices, establish cross-border partnerships between SMEs and/or public research laboratories, strengthen European efforts to achieve sustainable development and disseminate best practices.
The management of the project is led by a Network Steering Committee composed of high level program and policy representatives. The consortium will make all its efforts for the incoming of new Member States that where not ready to join during the implementation of the proposal. After 48 months duration the EUROTRANS-BIO project, structured into five work packages (exchange of information, practices, strategic activities, implementation of joint activities and transnational call for projects), could lead to a truly integrated program in the area of biotechnology.

Mapping

A standardized documentation of each of the participating national programmes, allowing each member to compare specific information, was realized. The survey was complemented by collecting information on the national RTD environment and actors, and potential barriers for transnational cooperation. Based on this inventory the integration of individual programs and/or its modulation to overcome identified barriers were discussed in order to draft a feasible design for the first joint call for p...

A standardized documentation of each of the participating national programmes, allowing each member to compare specific information, was realized. The survey was complemented by collecting information on the national RTD environment and actors, and potential barriers for transnational cooperation. Based on this inventory the integration of individual programs and/or its modulation to overcome identified barriers were discussed in order to draft a feasible design for the first joint call for proposals.
Basic elements of this call design were

(i) a bottom up approach towards the call topics (biotechnology applications, no thematic priorities),
(ii) a strong focus on the target group (SMEs and their strategic partners, i.e. research organizations),
(iii) a two-step call procedure and (iv) the set-up of a virtual common pot.

Joint Calls

Call Launch date No. of funding agencies No of projects funded Call budget
ETB-2006 5 20 22,000,000
ETB-2007 8 18 17,000,000
ETB-2008 8 19 15,000,000
 
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