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ERA CoBioTech

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The ERA-NET Cofund on Biotechnologies (ERA CoBioTech) is a five year project which started in December 2016 and aims to strengthen the European Research Area in the field of biotechnology by promoting synthetic biology and systems biology as technology drivers for industrial biotechnology. It builds on and learns from its predecessors ERASynBio (ERA-NET in Synthetic Biology), ERASysAPP (ERA-NET for Systems Biology Applications) and ERA-IB2 (ERA-NET “Towards an ERA in Industrial Biotechnology”). BBSRC leads the work on shaping the future of ERA CoBioTech and supports transnational projects funded through the ERA CoBioTech call.


ERA CoBioTech aims to:

  • Maximise synergies between current mechanisms of biotechnology research funding in Europe
  • Foster the exchange of knowledge across borders
  • Demonstrate how a bio-based economy can be beneficial for different groups in society
  • Maintain and strengthen Europe’s position in biotechnology

Partners and observers

ERA CoBioTech has 23 partners and two observers from 19 countries:

Country Funders
UNITED KINGDOM UK Research and Innovation (BBSRC & Innovate UK)
ARGENTINA Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (MINCyT)
BELGIUM - WALLONIA Service Public de Wallonie (SPW-DGO6)
ESTONIA Estonian Research Council (ETAg)
FRANCE Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
Agence de developpement economique de la nouvelle caledonie association (ADECAL)
GERMANY Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH
Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)
ITALY Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR)
ISRAEL Ministry of Health (CSO-MOH)
LATVIA Valsts Izglitibas Attistibas Agentura (VIAA)
MOLDOVA Academy of Sciences of Moldova (ASM) (Observer)
THE NETHERLANDS Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO)
NORWAY Norges Forskningsrad (RCN)
POLAND Narodowe centrum badan i rozwoju (NCBR)
PORTUGAL Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
ROMANIA Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii (UEFISCDI)
SAXONY Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst (SMWK)
SLOVENIA Ministrstvo za izobrazevanje, znanost in sport (MIZS)
SPAIN Agencia Estatal de Investigación(AEI)
Centro Para El Desarrollo Tecnologico Industrial
Government of Navarre (Observer)
TURKEY Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu (TUBITAK)


The programme is coordinated by Project Management Juelich (Germany) and BBSRC plays a major role in ERA CoBioTech.

BBSRC leads work package (WP) 6 (Development of a strategic agenda for ERA CoBioTech) and is closely associated with WP8 (Additional funding activities) and WP7 (European Biotechnology Hub).

In December 2018, the ERA CoBioTech strategic agenda was published. This document is supported by the Agenda for Responsible Research and Innovation in ERA CoBioTech, which followed in March 2019. Together they present a holistic vision of the future of biotechnology in Europe and aim to support the establishment of the bioeconomy. BBSRC, with support from the European biotechnology community, led the development of these documents.

With the help of all partners and observers, BBSRC also developed an ERA CoBioTech Biotech Hub platform, which will provide the biotechnology community with information on European and national funding programmes, infrastructure and further country-specific information.

Joint calls

ERA CoBioTech is planning regular transnational calls with a focus on synthetic biology, systems biology and industrial biotechnology. These will support collaborative research projects between the scientists in participating countries.

Information on previous, current and future calls can be found on the ERA CoBioTech Call Information page: (ERA CoBioTech: Cofund on Biotechnologies).