All companies need to be able to access and utilise research results. However, research is costly and competition is high. Our group acts where teamwork, innovation strategy, research and industrial impact connect. The outcomes of the applied research are merged with the on time market trends to deliver innovative processes, products and services in the interface of food and environmental sectors.
Together with the industry and institutions, we aim at developing research activities in the field of food waste recovery, bioeconomy, bio-based products and sustainability. For confidentiality reasons, more information regarding consortia and proposals is available in B2B discussions upon request.
Funding Trends & Opportunities (2017 report)
The vision of the EU, as expressed in the Europe 2020 strategy, is to achieve sustainable and safe food systems. In addition, the interest of European Union to reduce waste via valorisation techniques is enormous. For instance, European Parliament declared 2014 as the “European Year against Food Waste” with an ultimate goal to support the reduction of food waste and raise public awareness on the issue. Subsequently, funding for this kind of activities will be increased over the next years, giving priorities to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are activated within the frame of “bio-based industries”.
Relevant EU-calls for 2017 include:
- BBI.2017.R4: Proteins and other bioactive ingredients from side streams and residues [budget: 81,000,000€, submission deadline: 4 September 2017 (single stage)]
- BIOTEC-06-2017: Optimisation of biocatalysis and downstream processing for the sustainable production of high value-added platform chemicals [budget: 48,000,000€, submission deadline: 11 May 2016 (first stage), 27 October 2016 (second stage)]
- SMEInst-07-2016-2017: Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors [budget: 28,973,605€, deadline: 24 February, 03 May, 07 September, 09 November and 15 February 2017 (multi cut-off)]
- SMEInst-11-2016-2017: Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials [budget: 22,500,000€, deadline: 24 February, 03 May, 07 September, 09 November 2016 and 15 February 2017(multi cut-off)]
- CIRC-01-2016-2017: Systemic, eco-innovative approaches for the circular economy: large-scale demonstration projects [budget: 60,000,000€, deadline: 08 March and 06 September 2016 (two-stage)].
- SPIRE-07-2017: Integrated approach to process optimisation for raw material resources efficiency, excluding recovery technologies of waste streams [total budget: 80,000,000€ for 6 SPIRE actions, deadline: 19 January 2017 (single stage)]
- SFS-40-2017: Sweeteners and sweetness enhancers [budget: 9,000,000€, deadline: 14 February and 13 September 2017 (two-stage)]
- SFS-42-2017: NATURAL: Natural Foods and Clean Labels [not announced yet]
RR-7-2016/2017: Creating added value from waste and by-products generated on farm and along the value-chain [not announced yet]
- WASTE-2017 calls [not announced yet]
The bioeconomy strategy in USA has many differences compared to European one, as it includes research and innovations in spite of genetically modified crops. Bioeconomy trends include biodegradable plastics from biomass, improving biofuel and bioenergy crops, as well as developing innovative approaches to new biofuels feedstock. In addition, bio- and chemical-based catalytic processes are expected to play a greater role in the future of agriculture. The USDA predicts that two types of biorefineries will emerge: those that use microbial catalysts to directly convert feedstock (sugar or lipid) into a vast array of commercially valuable products, and those that are feedstock-agnostic and produce a single chemical intermediate, such as lactic acid or glycerol, for later conversion into final products. Relevant USA-calls can be found here.