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Self-sustained

ERA-NET Bioenergy (self-sustained)

ERA-NET Bioenergy - Pulling bioenergy research together


Participants

9

Countries

7

Calls

7

Projects

16

Objective

The EU’s energy strategy sets out to replace 12% of total energy consumption with renewable sources such as bioenergy by 2010. Bioenergy is a form of energy that could bring many benefits to the developing as well as the developed world. The biomass used to create bioenergy or biofuels is abundant in many countries, especially in the form of agricultural by-products. Growing bioenergy crops can give a boost to rural economies, providing an alternative market for existing crops. Biomass ...

The EU’s energy strategy sets out to replace 12% of total energy consumption with renewable sources such as bioenergy by 2010. Bioenergy is a form of energy that could bring many benefits to the developing as well as the developed world. The biomass used to create bioenergy or biofuels is abundant in many countries, especially in the form of agricultural by-products. Growing bioenergy crops can give a boost to rural economies, providing an alternative market for existing crops. Biomass also has the advantage that it can be mixed in with other fuel sources. As an energy source biomass is nearly ‘CO2 neutral’. The initial 50-month ERA-NET Bioenergy programme which was launched in 2004 sets out to develop a sustainable, long-term platform for transnational cooperation in bioenergy research across the EU. Across Europe there are many national and regional bioenergy research programmes which have been working independently, driven by the potential benefits of bioenergy and renewable energy sources.

The ERA-NET Bioenergy project is focused on developing structured cooperation between national bioenergy research programmes in the EU Member States. Its mission is to enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of European bioenergy research programmes and encourage the development of new transnational research projects. A further focus of the Bioenergy programme is to enhance the complementarity and synergy between Community actions undertaken under the EU’s Framework Programme and those of other European scientific cooperation organisations, such as COST, EUREKA, etc.

Over the first four years of operation the programme has developed ‘cooperation models’ for both short and long term projects which take into account the legal aspects, selection criteria, evaluation methods, financial support and monitoring methods. Gaps have been identified in research, and opportunities for interdisciplinary work have been pinpointed. A platform has been created for information exchange between programme managers and pilots of transnational bioenergy research in joint work programmes.

To ensure the effectiveness and gained experience in the cooperation models the programme has been extended for two more years with EC funding until 31st December 2010. After this EU funded period six partners decided to continue the work on a self-funded basis which is intended to last for 2015. In 2013 two more partners joined the consortium.

Mapping

• Create a structure for cooperation and systematic information exchange;
• Identify areas of common strategic interest for collaboration by networking national RTD programmes;
• Develop a workable model of cooperation between the partners;
• Set up pilots of joint work packages and learn from these projects;
• Develop national political support and expand the collaboration by dissemination of results. The involvement of high level management f...

• Create a structure for cooperation and systematic information exchange;
• Identify areas of common strategic interest for collaboration by networking national RTD programmes;
• Develop a workable model of cooperation between the partners;
• Set up pilots of joint work packages and learn from these projects;
• Develop national political support and expand the collaboration by dissemination of results. The involvement of high level management from each of the ERA-NET partners helps ensure that the projects results will become embedded in national research policies.

Joint Calls

Call Launch date No. of funding agencies No of projects funded Call budget
ERA-NET Bioenergy (self-sustained) - 2012 1 Mar 2012 6 4 5,700,000
ERA-NET Bioenergy (self-sustained) - 2013 1 Mar 2013 4 2 2,600,000
ERA-NET Bioenergy (self-sustained) - 2014 10 Feb 2014 5 3 1,500,000
ERA-NET Bioenergy (self-sustained) - 2014 11 Nov 2014 6
ERA-NET Bioenergy (self-sustained) - 2015 12 Oct 2015 5
BESTF3 - ERA-NET Bioenergy (self-sustained) - 2016 10 Oct 2016 6 10,000,000
BESTF3 - ERA-NET Bioenergy (self-sustained) - 2017 15 Oct 2017 6 10,000,000
 
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