Joint Calls

ERASynBio 2nd joint call for transnational research projects - Building Synthetic Biology capacity through innovative transnational projects

The call is closed. The proposals are under evaluation.
The deadline for submitting proposals was July, 3rd, 2014.

The call represents an unique opportunity for Europe and the USA to build Synthetic Biology capacity through innovative transnational projects. Together, the 12 funding organizations involved in this call expect to support around 16 Mill. € for Synthetic Biology research, which can be described as a multidisciplinary approach at the intersection of life sciences, engineering and information technology. Based on the results of the 1st joint call the 2nd joint call will again address broad research areas within Synthetic Biology, based on the following definition: “Synthetic Biology is the engineering of biology: the deliberate (re)design and construction of novel biological and biologically based parts, devices and systems to perform new functions for useful purposes, that draws on principles elucidated from biology and engineering.”

Contact info:
Dr. Annette Kremser
Project Management Jülich
Division Biological Innovation and Economy (BIO)
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52425 Jülich
Germany phone: +49 2461 61-3213
fax: +49 2461 61-1790  

ERASynBio 1st joint call 2013: 8 proposals selected for funding

The 1st joint call for proposals of ERASynBio was launched in May 2013 under the ERA-NET Scheme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission. The call for proposals resulted in 55 proposals.
After the assessment of an international Expert Evaluation Panel, the ERASynBio Call Group has now selected 8 projects for funding. The total amount of requested public funding is more than 13 M EUR.

In total, the proposals included 307 different partner organizations: research organizations (279), SMEs (12), large companies (3). The projects covered all scientific (sub) fields of the call. Most projects are focusing on research issues related to Metabolic engineering (33), followed by Orthogonal biosystems (14), Bionanoscience (12), Regulatory circuits (10), Minimal genomes (7) and Protocells (4). Most proposals indicated that their research is connected to more than one of the listed (sub) fields.

Through the first joint transnational call of ERASynBio, eight projects involving 35 partners from 9 countries will be funded. The coordinators of the projects come from five countries (Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, UK, US). Further analysis revealed that the majority of funded projects asked for a budget between 1 M and 2 M € having an average number of 4 participants in the project. All projects will last for 36 months and start in 2014.

Project: BioOrigami     
Title: Bio Molecular Origami: establishing foundations in structural synthetic biology to engineer biomolecules for new routes to nanoscale objects and biomaterials    
National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana - Prof. Roman Jerala
University of Bristol - Prof. Derek Woolfson
Technical University of München - Prof. Hendrik Dietz
University of Oxford - Prof. Andrew Turberfield
University of Washington, Seattle - Prof. David Baker
University of California, Los Angeles - Prof. Sriram Kosuri
University of Ljubljana - Prof. Tomaz Pisanski
Total Granted budget: 2.0 M €

Project: IESY     
Title: Induced Evolution of Synthetic Yeast genomes    
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore - Prof. Joel Bader
University of Edinburgh - PhD.  YIZHI CAI
Institut Pasteur, Paris  - Prof. ROMAIN KOSZUL
EMBL, Heidelberg - Prof. LARS M. STEINMETZ
Total Granted budget: 2.5 M €

Project: INTENSIFY     
ETH Zurich - Prof. Sven Panke
Technical University Darmstadt - Prof. Beatrix Suess
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge - Ph.D. Philipp Holliger
Harvard Medical School, Boston - Prof. George Church
Total Granted budget: 1.2 M €

Project: MirrorBio     
Title: Establishment of a fully synthetic, mirror-image biological system    
Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ), Heidelberg – PhD Jörg Hoheisel
University of Zürich - Prof.  Andreas Plückthun
University of Helsinki - Prof. Jussi Taipale
The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla – PhD Philip Dawson
Total Granted budget: 1.6 M €

Project: RETROBIO     
Title: A twofold retrosynthetic implementation of a novel biochemical pathway    
ETH Zurich - Prof. Sven Panke
University of Basel - Prof. Florian Seebeck
University of Göttingen - Prof. Rolf Daniel
Graz University of Technology - Prof. Rolf Breinbauer
Total Granted budget: 1.1 M €

Project: Sun2Chem    
Title: Engineering the chloroplast of microalgae as a chassis for the direct production of solar fuels and chemicals    
Ruhr-University of Bochum - Prof. Thomas Happe
CEA Cadarache, Saint Paul lez Durance Cedex - Dr. Gilles Peltier
University of Oxford - Prof. Fraser Armstrong    
Total Granted budget: 1.2 M €

Project: SynGlycTis     
Title: Synthetic Glycobiology - new strategies to build and functionalise proto-cells and proto-tissues
University of Leeds -Assoc. Prof. Bruce Turnbull
CNRS, Grenoble – PhD. Anne Imberty
University of Copenhagen -  Prof. Klas Ola Blixt
ACIB GmbH, Graz - PhD Birgit Wiltschi
University of Freiburg -  Prof. Winfried Römer
Total Granted budget: 1.9 M €

Project: SynPath     
Title: Synthetic biochemical pathways for efficient production of novel biofuels    
RWTH Aachen - Prof. Lars Mathias Blank
Technical University of Denmark, CTO – Prof. Jochen Förster
Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) - Prof. Vassily Hatzimanikatis
University of California, Berkeley - Prof. Jay Keasling
Total Granted budget: 1.4 M €

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