BIO CIRCLE : Creating a CIRCLE by extending the BIO NCP network to Third Country NIPs

Project identifier 138-BIO CIRCLE
Project Status finished
Start date 2008-10-01
End date 2011-01-31
Roadmap Theme
  • Cross-cutting issues: Engagement between African and European R&I communities
  • Type of Project Strengthening partnerships and alignment projects
    Type of Project Institutional capacity building project
    Location Belgium; Italy; Hungary; France; Germany; Greece; Argentina; Brazil; Chile; China; Egypt; Ghana; India; Kazakhstan; Mexico; Morocco; Russian Federation; South Africa; Tunisia; Thailand; Ukraine
    Budget 1 639 643
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (FP7)
    Coordinator Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE)
  • Association of Technical Co-ordination in the Agrifood Industry (ACTIA)
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Food Industrial Research and Technological Development Company Sa (ETAT SA)
  • Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research
  • Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation
  • Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)
  • National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT)
  • China National Center for Biotechnology Development (CNCBD)
  • National Research Centre (NRC)
  • Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Independent Experts Consulting Board to Promote Scientific Research Activity in Kazakhstan (InExCB-Kz
  • National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • Ministere de l'Enseignement Superieur, de la Recherche Scientifique et de la Formation des Cadres
  • A.N. Bach Institute of Biochemistry at the Russian Academy of Science (INBI)
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Center of Biotechnology of Borj Cédria (CBBC)
  • National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
  • National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine
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    BIO CIRCLE will extend the network of National Contact Points for the FP7 theme “Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology” (BIO NCP) to National Information Points (NIP) from Third Countries over a two year period. The European Commission needs to implement the bilateral Scientific & Technological Agreements signed with Third Countries (TC), for increasing their participation in FAFB FP7 and strengthening the collaboration between European and TC researchers. The main focus of the project will be on identifying, sharing and implementing good practices between NCPs and NIPs. The expected results of BIO CIRCLE are: 1. Capacities built for Third Country BIO NIPs (through SWOT analysis, training of NIPs and twinning); 2. Strengthened consortium building in FAFB international cooperation projects (through mapping of Third Country research potential and the organisation of 2 international Brokerage Events); 3. Capacities built for Third Country Researchers to participate in FP7 (through preparation of specific training materials, training and networking with EU researchers); 4. Strengthened identification, development and sharing of Good Practices to enhance cooperation between the NCP and NIP networks (through 5 Regional Benchmarking Workshops, a Common Benchmarking Workshop and the design of a Good Practices Guide). The 6% of budget is foreseen to grant researchers from TCs to attend the 2 International Brokerage Events. The 5 BIO NCP partners of BIO CIRCLE led by APRE will assure the successful implementation of the project. The 18 NIPs partners of BIO CIRCLE will be embraced in this circle of activities aimed at ensuring quality and dynamism in implementing the Scientific & Technological Agreements between the EU and Third Countries. BIO CIRCLE will work in synergy with and be closely linked to the BIO-NET project, the complete NCP FAFB network.