Results of the first additional call 2020

Pre-proposals have been submitted within the first additional call 2020 for the BlueBio Cofund.

In early June 2020, a call anouncement was made by the BlueBio Cofund. The scope of the call was to fund projects that would advance the supply systems in the blue bioeconomy value chains. For example projects that would somehow facilitate the transfer, (i. e logistics, preservation and transportation) of bio-resources from harvest (catch or production) to processing to ensure e.g. traceability, quality, sustainability, and the necessary quantity or pre-processing of the bio-resources for conversion into products for the market.

The results of the first additional call are that a total of 17 pre-proposals were submitted and the requested funding was 17,4 million Euro. The applicants came from all involved partner countries and after a general and national eligibility check, 16 pre-proposals have passed. The proposals will now be forwarded to our international review panel.

The BlueBio ERANET COFUND and the BLUEMED Coordination and Support Action present the joint training course on blue biotechnologies!

The BLUEMED R&I initiative for Blue jobs and growth in the Mediterranean area (www.bluemed-initiative.eu) has identified “Explore the potential of Blue Biotechnologies” as one of the priority goals of its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). Among the actions identified to reach this goal will be to foster collaborative research through transdisciplinary fields of expertise (e.g. genomics, data bases, outreach) and interdisciplinary approaches (e.g. by scientists, private stakeholders, end-users etc.), and promote education through training the next generation of marine biotechnologists.

In this context, the recently endorsed BlueMed Implementation Plan promotes the development of a joint strategic action on Blue Biotech at first by organizing a training course aiming at the creation of blue careers.

BlueBio COFUND (www.bluebioeconomy.eu) coordinates R&D funding scheme to strengthen Europe’s position in the blue bioeconomy and address gaps to finally identify ways of bringing bio-based products and services to the market and find new ways of creating value from in the blue bioeconomy.

Date and Location: 15 – 19 March 2021, National Research Council of Italy, Messina (Sicily) and virtual

The course is designed for up to 30 applicants, of which 15 connected in remote, from BlueBio and BlueMed partner countries. This training course is addressed to participants with a Master Degree or higher in marine science, economics, biotechnologies and other relevant fields. Applicants can work for research institutions or industries with focus on research in the related fields. Applications will be open until 21 December, 2020. After an evaluation process, the selected applicants will be invited to attend the training course virtual or face-to-face at the beginning of February, 2021. Applications will be evaluated by experts from BlueBio and BlueMed. 

Specific objectives of the course

The advanced training course aims at contributing to the creation of ‘blue skills’, filling knowledge gaps while matching market opportunities via a joint effort among the scientific community, research infrastructures and business operators. The program will offer the opportunity of increasing awareness about marine biotechnology purposes, and also promoting the progress of the research results through the pipeline up to the market, identifying technological and legal bottlenecks step by step and prospecting solutions.

Encouraging teachers-students dialogue, the course will also be an opportunity to effectively interact with stakeholders and end-users.

At the end of the course the attendees are expected to:

  • Be aware of the significance of marine biotechnology in a broad sense.
  • Know the application fields, tools and opportunities.
  • Know the limits and identify overcoming strategies (e.g. available infrastructures).
  • Identify intra/interdisciplinary interaction strategies.
  • Know examples of best practices related to real-life experiences.
  • Be aware of the global market on marine biotech and development trends.
  • Identify internship opportunities with industrial partners on the basis of the products and services available.

Draft Programme (PDF)

Applications are open until 21st December 2020. Apply now!

The activity is supported by the BlueMed project funded by the EC under GA N 727453.

 Contact: bluemed@cnr.itbluebio@bluebio.eu

Kick-off meeting for the BlueBio Cofunded Projects

Last June a kick-off meeting for the cofunded projects of the first cofund call took place online. All 19 projects were presented on this online meeting. We have now published fact sheets for all these projects here.

The first joint BlueBio call is supported by European 16 countries as well as the EU. All partner countries contributed to the call: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden. The countries will provide 19 of the € 25 million for the projects, and the European Commission will top up with 6 million euros.


The cofunded projects are:

AquaHeal3D3D Printed Biomarine Wound Healing Accelerant
AquaHealth Microalgae MicrobiomesA natural source for the prevention and treatment of
diseases in aquaculture
AquaTech4FeedNovel sustainable aquaculture technologies for the production of innovative feeds for improved fish stocks
BESTBROODIdentification of broodstock performance indicators and markers to boost the aquaculture of emerging fish species
BIOSHELLRecycling crustaceans shell wastes for developing biodegradable wastewater cleaning composites
BIOZOOSTAIN Sustainable utilization of zooplankton as by-products
BlueCCCommercial exploitation of marine collagen and chitin from marine sources
CASEAWAAdvanced materials using biogenic calcium carbonate from seashell
DIGIRASOptimizing land-based fish production in next generation digital recirculating aquaculture systems
ImprovAFishImproving aquaculture sustainability by modulating the feed-microbiome-host axis in Fish
InEValIncreasing Echinoderm Value Chains
MARIKATNew catalytic enzymes and enzymatic processes from the marine microbiome for refining marine seaweed biomass
MedSponCharacterization of new antibiotic principles against WHO priority pathogens of sustainable produced marine sponges for nutraceutical applications
MINERVAMarine Innovation using Novel Enzymes for waste Reduction and Valorisation of Algal biomass
PlastiSeaNovel enhanced bioplastics from sustainable processing of seaweed
RASbiomeMicrobial management in RAS for sustainable aquaculture production
SIDESTREAMSecondary bio-production of low trophic organisms utilizing side streams from the Blue and Green sectors to produce novel feed ingredients for European aquaculture
SNAPSeaweeds for novel applications and products
SuReMetS From sustainable resources to novel marine nutraceuticals for the management of metabolic syndrome

Partnering Platform for the BlueBio Cofund

The partner search tool is very useful if you are looking for collaboration opportunities in project consortia and would like to offer your expertise. The tool allows you to engage partners and you are also welcome to make a post, if you already have a project idea and are looking for further partners that would like to join you/your consortium. 

Check out the partnering platform for the BlueBio Cofund.

Find partners for your project ideas among the participants in past EU projects.

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Brokerage Event and Additional Call Presentation

Advancing the supply systems in the blue bioeconomy value chains

The BlueBio ERA-NET Additional Call Presentation and Brokerage Event is a two-part event where the BlueBio Cofund will present the first additional call on 18 June and facilitate 1:1 match-making meetings between possible partners on 25 June. Registration for the brokerage event on b2match opens Wednesday 10 June. The presentation on 18 June will be hosted on Zoom and the 1:1 meetings on 25 June will be on b2match.

The call is targeted on supply systems in the blue bioeconomy: logistics and transportation – from harvest to processing. 

The scope of the call is to fund projects that facilitate the transfer (i.e. logistics, preservation and transportation) of bio-resources from harvest (catch or production) to processing to ensure e.g. traceability, quality, sustainability and the necessary quantity or pre-processing of the bio-resources for conversion into products for the market. This entails also the supply systems to primary producers for aspects affecting the bio-resources as it moves further in the value chain.

Agenda: Brokerage Event 1/2 – June 18.

Online: Zoom and b2match

9:30 – 10:00Virtual coffee and practical help
10:00 – 10:45Welcome and presentation of the call
10:45 – 11:15The application process and submission tool
11:15 – 11:30Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00Elevator pitches (pre-registered)
13:00 – 13:15Explanation of the brokerage event and closing
13:15 – 14:00Breakout rooms for questions

Agenda: Brokerage Event 2/2 – June 25.

Online: Zoom and b2match

11:00 – 11:15Welcome and explanation of the brokerage event
11:15 – 11:351:1 meetings, session 1
11:35 – 11:551:1 meetings, session 2
11:55 – 12:151:1 meetings, session 3
12:15 – 12:351:1 meetings, session 4
12:35 – 12:50Recap of call information and important deadlines

Please note that participants need to register to attend the information meeting.

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BlueBio Call Announcement

The call is targeted on supply systems in the blue bioeconomy: logistics and transportation – from harvest to processing. 

The scope of the call is to fund projects that facilitate the transfer (i.e. logistics, preservation and transportation) of bio-resources from harvest (catch or production) to processing to ensure e.g. traceability, quality, sustainability and the necessary quantity or pre-processing of the bio-resources for conversion into products for the market. This entails also the supply systems to primary producers for aspects affecting the bio-resources as it moves further in the value chain.

Call text document for additional information

Participation in the Call

14 partners from 13 countries have contributed 11 million EUR to the call. The following partner countries will provide funds: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Norway, Portugal (Azores), Romania and Spain. All projects are open to partners from all countries, as far as they bring their own funds. 

Each project must include at least three partners from three countries and at least one industry partner.

There is an option to find partners on European level.

Links: 

http://een.ec.europa.eu/tools/services/SearchCenter/Search/ProfileSimpleSearch?shid=32db25cb-726f-43b0-8b5f-7742d0935799

https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/how-to-participate/partner-search

There is also a partnering platform included in the submission tool:

https://www.submission-bluebio.eu/partnersearch

Call Timeline

  • 8 June: launch of the call
  • 10 June: registration for the brokerage event on b2match is open
  • 18 June: online brokerage event, part 1 (presentation of the call and submission tool, elevator pitches from potential applicants)
  • 25 June: online brokerage event, part 2 (1:1 meetings between potential applicants on b2match)
  • 14 September: submission deadline for pre-proposals

Brokerage Event

The brokerage event will be organised with b2match. There are presentations and meetings scheduled on June 18 and 25, 2020. Furthermore, the tool can be used to schedule more 1:1 meetings until September 14, 2020 (which is also the submission deadline for pre-proposals).

Please note that participants need to register to attend the information meeting.

BlueBio Cofund funds nineteen projects for 25 million euros in its first joint call

ERA-NET Cofund on Blue Bioeconomy – Unlocking the potential of aquatic bioresources has selected nineteen projects for funding with a total budged of € 25 million. The joint call was announced for projects to explore innovative, sustainable and climate-friendly utilisation of aquatic biomass at different trophic levels, as well as sustainable harvesting, and novel aquaculture production systems targeting a range of existing or new markets. Proposed projects needed to demonstrate industry involvement.

Four priority areas were addressed in the call:

  •  Priority area 1: Exploring new bio-resources
  •  Priority area 2: Exploring improvements in fisheries and aquaculture
  • Priority area 3: Exploring synergies across sectors
  • Priority area 4: Exploring Biotechnology and ICT

In total 83 pre-proposals were received with 35 proposals invited to submit a full proposal. The proposals were evaluated by an international review panel and upon a decision of the Call Steering Committee 19 proposals are selected for funding. The projects should start in the spring of 2020. Most of the successful proposals where within priority area 1 (12) and priority area 2 (6). The projects will explore a wide range of new bioresources such as macroalgae, waste/process sidestream, bycatch and underutilized species. They will be used for various products, including feed and search for bioactive ingredients. Recirculation of water, water treatment and improvement of brood stocks are other areas that will be investigated.

List of projects selected for funding

 

Priority area Acronym Coordinator organisation Coordinator Coordinator

country

1 AquaHeal3D Regenics Henrik Lund Norway
2 AquaHealth TUHH Kerstin Kuchta Germany
2 AquaTech4Feed HAO -DEMETER Giorgos Markou Greece
2 BESTBROOD Nord University Jose Beirao Norway
1 BIOSHELL ICECHIM Anita-Laura Radu Romania
1 BIOZOOSTAIN UI María Gudjónsdóttir Iceland
1 BlueCC Nofima Runar Gjerp Norway
1 CASEAWA UNIBO Giuseppe Falini Italy
2 DIGIRAS Sintef Ocean R Netzer Norway
2 ImprovAFish NMBU Phillip Pope Norway
2 InEVal AWI Matthew Slater Germany
1 MARIKAT MATIS Gudmundur Hreggvidsson Iceland
3 MedSpon AWI  Joachim Henjes Germany
1 MINERVA NUI Galway Dagmar Stengel Ireland
1 PlastiSea SINTEF AS Øystein Arlov Norway
1 RASbiome NTNU Ingrid Bakke Norway
1 SIDESTREAM Sintef Ocean Arne Malzahn Norway
1 SNAP SINTEF AS Håvard  Sletta Norway
1 SuReMetS UiT Jeanette H Andersen Norway
Funding partners

The first joint BlueBio call is supported by European 16 countries as well as the EU. All partner countries contributed to the call: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden. The countries will provide 19 of the € 25 million for the projects, and the European Commission will top up with 6 mill euros.

Selection of pre-proposals

The submission for the pre-proposals was due 18 March 2019. The proposals were reviewed according to the call documents. We received 83 proposals in total.

Following the recommendation of the international review panel and upon a decision of the Call Steering Committee 35 proposals have been invited to submit a full proposal on 17 September 2019.

The following table shows the breakdown of the proposals that were received and that have been invited for the full proposal stage.

PRIORITY AREAS PROPOSALS
Priority area 1: Exploring new bioresources 23
Priority area 2: Exploring improvements in fisheries and aquaculture 10
Priority area 3: Exploring synergies across sectors 2
Priority area 4: Exploring Biotechnology and ICT 0

The submissions are in!

The closing-date for pre-proposals for the first call of the BlueBio Cofund was last Monday, March 18th, and it is safe to say that this first call received a strong response. In total the BlueBio Cofund received 83 project proposals. The table below gives an overview of the priority areas addressed in the project proposals.

Pre-proposals will be selected at the beginning of June and will be invited for full proposal submission afterwards. Deadline for full proposal submission is September 17th, 2019.

 

Priority Areas Proposals
Priority area 1: Exploring new bioresources 41
Priority area 2: Exploring improvements in fisheries and aquaculture 23
Priority area 3: Exploring synergies across sectors 14
Priority area 4: Exploring Biotechnology and ICT 5

 

Background

BlueBio aims at achieving a sustainable and competitive Blue Bioeconomy in Europe. The goal is to generate knowledge for Blue Bioeconomy value chains and improve the transfer of bio-based products and services from research, innovation and demonstrations to production scale implementing the multi-actor-approach. BlueBio contributes to the production of safe, nutritious and valuable bio-products and services, while applying the food first principle. BlueBio launches calls to attract projects that work on the use and value-added of aquatic biomass in integrated value chains from primary production to processing, generating innovative products and services within the bioeconomy. The aquatic biomass can be either caught, harvested or produced in marine or freshwater in water or on land. Alternative uses of waste from production as a resource shall be enhanced to promote the concept of a circular economy. Consequences of new methods or products shall be considered from a wider value chain perspective.

Animated Introduction to the BlueBio Cofund

Have a look at the new animated infographic video that explains what the BlueBio Cofund is all about.

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