ERA Net Cofund on Biotechnologies (ERA CoBioTech) is an ERA-Net Cofund Action under H2020, which aims to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) in the field of Biotechnology through enhanced cooperation and coordination of different national and regional research programs, promoting systems biology and synthetic biology as technology drivers to speed up research and innovation in industrial biotechnology. ERA CoBioTech brings together 25 funding organisations from 20 countries and was started with the launch of a cofunded call for transnational R&D proposals on 01.12.2016.

The transnational joint call for research projects (co-funded by the EC) within the framework of ERA CoBioTech aimed at biotechnology as a key enabling technology (KET), in the context of the bio-based economy to tackle 21st century societal challenges such as decarbonisation of the economy and reduction of the reliance on fossil feedstocks.is now finished. After peer review and ranking of the submitted full proposals by an evaluation panel the Call Steering Committee selected 22 research consortia for funding from the ranking list, within the limits of available national/regional and EC funding.

ERA CoBioTech has something for you, if you are a:

  • Researcher, who is looking for funding and collaborations in the EU and beyond
  • Industry representative, who would like to know about the latest scientific advancements and explore the market potential of the research conducted
  • Research / innovation funder, who is interested in funding or funds transnational research and innovation projects in the field of industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology and systems biology
  • A representative of the public, who would like to understand biotechnology better through interaction with those who know it’s potentials (and potential pitfalls) best

What does ERA CoBioTech strive to achieve during its live time?

  • Maximize synergies between current mechanisms of biotechnology research funding in Europe
  • Foster the exchange of knowledge across borders
  • Highlight the benefits of a bio-based economy for society
  • Contribute to maintaining and strengthening Europe’s position in biotechnology

How will ERA CoBioTech do this?

  • By developing a joint strategic agenda and shared vision on aligning synthetic biology, systems biology and industrial biotechnology to have the most impact
  • By implementing a co-funded call for projects with funding from the EC, national and regional programs, with additional funding opportunities following on a regular basis
  • By empowering scientists with the skills needed to enable better communication for impact
  • By creating the Biotech Hub bringing together key actors from different European strategic configurations and instruments to create an understanding of the possibilities offered by the technologies among different target audiences.

The ERA CoBioTech consortium is currently discussing the next joint transnational call for research projects. It is planned to launch the call in autumn 2018.


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Don't let your projects' research and development result be shelved, instead of being translated into innovative solutions and products. Contact BioLinX, and we will support you any which way we can.

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Have you participated in a bio-economy related EU-funded project? And do you currently encounter hurdles in increasing your Technology Readiness Level or bringing your research results to the market?
BioLinX provides a variety of services aimed at overcoming those hurdles. We are more than happy to assist your using our extensive and tailor-made Innovation Support Programme, especially designed for EU bio-economy projects.

BioLinX Innovation Support Programme

  1. Training and support in acquiring private financing
  2. Public funding scan and proposal preparation
  3. Brokerage: linking value chain partners in 10 key regional bio-economy clusters in Europe
  4. Innovation incubation: increasing TRL by introductions to networks/test facilities etc.
  5. Support in technology assessment, market analyses, competition analyses, business plan development
  6. Online brokerage

This applies to you if:

  • you have participated in an EU-funded project under FP7, H2020, Life, ERANET, Eurostars etc, or
  • the focus of your organisation or project involves the use of biobased feedstock (agro, agrowaste of lignocelluloses) in industrial processes or products, or
  • your organization has R&D capabilities and/or know-how for further developing and/or the market launch of new processes, products and services based on this feedstock

Do not hesitate and contact us. You will likely be able to benefit from our array of services.


Our approach

BioLinX actively seeks FP7 and H2020 projects that use agro and forestry materials either as feedstock, in their process or product. If you are participating in such a project you are also welcome to contact us. We apply this narrow focus because it is our strong belief that this will enhance the possibility to find relevant (new) partners, to add relevant intelligence and point towards relevant markets. This focus will also help us all to create a network of parties that all have the same / similar kind of interest.

Together with the owners of the innovation (you) within the relevant project we will jointly agree on the innovation that you wish to boost towards higher TRLs and market and we agree on a tailored support package that is required to realize this boost. What we ask from you: we only require effort from you to provide input and actively engage to enable implementation of the agreed service package


What we offer

First of all, our services are ‘free of charge’ as we are publicly funded by the EU (under H2020). Secondly, we open up our networks for you, guide you through the incubation process and invite you to relevant events and seminars. In order to increase the potential (market) outreach of your innovation we also analyze relevant regional biobased economies in Europe. We ask them to team up and also, when and where relevant, ask them offer access to their network as well.

Most importantly: you remain the owner of the innovation!


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