PLANT KBBE - trans-national research projects in plant genome research
The ‘Transnational Plant Alliance for Novel Technologies – toward implementing the Knowledge Based Bio-Economy in Europe’ (PLANT-KBBE) was officially announced at a meeting in Paris on 4 September 2007. PLANT-KBBE is initially a joint initiative between the French Ministry of Research and Higher Education (MESR), the French National Research Agency (ANR), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (MEC) [currently Ministry of Science and Innovation –MICINN].
This research programme pools the three countries’ national activities in plant genomics, plant systems biology and biotechnology. It is also open to partners – from other European countries and beyond – with an interest in interdisciplinary research and development projects based on public-private partnerships. There will be three consecutive calls for proposals in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the funded projects will run for up to three years.
During the 2008 call some 253 partners from nine European countries submitted project proposals in the four areas: bio-energy, safe and healthy food, bio-materials and bio-based products, as well as systems biology. After international peer reviewing some 12 joint projects were recommended for funding, for a total amount of about €18.5 million.
The current PLANT-KBBE call was launched in February 2009. The deadline for submitting proposals is 29 May 2009
Contacts and links:
In France: Dominique Laborde [laborde<x>genoplante.com] Website
In Germany: Rainer Büschges [r.bueschges<x>fz-juelich.de] Website
In Portugal: Catarina Resende [Catarina.Resende
In Spain: Julio Barbas [julio.barbas<x>mec.es] Website