Towards an ERA in Industrial Biotechnology

Basic Information


Industrial Biotechnology (IB) is the modern use and application of biotechnology for the sustainable processing and production of chemicals, materials and fuels. It uses enzymes and micro-organisms to make products in sectors such as chemistry, food and feed, paper and pulp, textiles and energy. This ERA-NET is a joint initiative of 17 research programme funding and/or management organisations of 12 countries with important initiatives in the field of IB. In all of the participating countries Industrial Biotechnology (IB) is recognized as a key technology for a sustainable chemical industry and society and of utmost importance for economic growth and innovation in Europe. IB, although already successfully established in some sectors, is still in its infancy. Therefore, 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. The partners of this ERA-IB committed themselves to enhanced cooperation and coordination in IB research funding and management policies. The structured work programme includes the development of dedicated procedures and systems for coordination and integration of national programmatic research activities, identification of important themes for new research programmes, and creation of (new) transnational managed research programmes (including joint calls for proposals). In selecting the most important research themes for these jointly managed research programmes, the ERA-IB closely cooperates with the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry and the European Federation for Biotechnology (EFB). The ultimate goal of ERA-IB is to establish a network that will serve as a basis for a long lasting European research cooperation in Industrial Biotechnology.

Research fields covered by the network

  • Biotechnology

Target Groups

  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Public Research Organisations (PROs)
  • Private and Semi-private Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs)
  • SME (Small and Medium Enterprises)
  • Large Corporations

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Joint Calls

Joint Call Title Type Launch Date Deadline
End Date
2nd ERA-IB Joint Call two-stages 18/12/2009   30/06/2010

Submitted: 46


Successful: 10

Funded: 10

1st ERA-IB joint call two-stages 05/12/2007 31/03/2008

Submitted: 32


Submitted: 19


Funded: 8