M€ in open calls for proposals for a total Budget of 32.413 M€.
Grants for collaborative R&D Projects involving more than 2 independent entities established in 2 or more EU Member or Associated States, for the development of innovative products, services or processes.
Topic / Target >KBBE.2012.3.5-01 Innovative biotechnologies for tackling oil spill disasters (The Ocean of Tomorrow)


Accidental oil spills into the environment pose global problems and generate massive manpower and logistical demand for limiting the damage and cleaning-up terrestrial and aquatic environments.

The Exxon Valdez and Gulf of Mexico accidents in 1989 and 2010 respectively have not only revealed limitations of current approaches to response management but have underpinned the urgent demand for advances in cost effective and environmentally acceptable mitigation technologies for accidental oil spills.

Environmental biotechnology can provide a basis for such remediation of oil spills occurring at the source and during maritime

The aim of the project is to develop improved responses to oil spills (in the ocean and coastal areas) able to tackle oil spills at the source and during transportation, based on new and innovative approaches with an emphasis on biotechnological approaches.

The objectives of the topic are to a) review and analyse in depth the current knowledge in the field and to b) develop, propose and test novel, integrated approaches.

In order to maximise the benefits and minimise response times in the field, multidisciplinary approaches, involving various
disciplines such as engineering, chemistry, biology, marine and terrestrial ecology, marine biotechnology and the relevant industrial sectors must be considered.

It is likewise necessary to consider the application of physico-chemical methods as pre-treatment technologies. The
proposed technologies must be tested for effectiveness - including in field trials - and, therefore, monitoring tools and strategies will need to be developed.

In situ monitoring, assessment of the treatments and their potential effects on the environment will form essential
parts of the proposals.

Finally, guidelines and dissemination strategies for end users are considered an integral part of the project.


Start date: 20/07/2011
End date: 15/11/2011
Total budget
for this call: 304.570.000
Number of proposals to selectUp to 1 proposal
Requested EU contribution per project: Max.: € 9 Million
Consortia must consist of, at least, three independent legal entities from three different Member States or Associated Countries
(CP - IP) FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage Large scale integrating collaborative projects

Environmental biotechnology

The concept of the KBBE implies environmental sustainability which will be promoted through the development and application of modern biotechnology.
Research and development activities will provide solutions for sustainable processes and products as well as for preventing and cleaning-up pollution. This will comprise the application of biotechnologies for the design, manufacture and use of more environmentally benign products and processes as well as for applications such us bio-sensors, bioremediation, waste treatment and recycling.
In addition, this area will also foster the application of modern biotechnology for the understanding of microbial biodiversity and ecology (e.g. bacterial cell-cell communication).
This approach will expand the understanding on systematics and will lead to the unravelling of new genes, pathways etc. with the potential to enrich several of the biosynthetic domains of biotechnology. It will also serve to the purpose of cataloguing and therefore preserving microbial diversity.
Life sciences, biotechnology and biochemistry for sustainable non-food products and processes

– Strengthening the knowledge base and developing advanced technologies for terrestrial or marine bio-mass production for applications in industrial processes and in energy production. This will include plant, animal and microbial genomics and metabolomics to improve the productivity and composition of raw materials and bio-mass feedstocks for optimised conversion to high added-value products including biological resources utilisable in pharmaceutical industry and medicine, while exploiting natural or enhanced terrestrial and aquatic organisms as novel sources. This will fully incorporate life cycle analysis of bio-mass production practices, transportation, and storage and market deployment of bio-products.
– Addressing the application of industrial bio-technologies within whole crop and forest bio-mass chains to realise the full potential of the bio-refinery approach (e.g. green chemicals), including socioeconomic, agronomic, and ecological and consumer aspects. This will be enhanced by an increased understanding and control of plant and microbial metabolism at the cellular and sub-cellular level, and how this is integrated into whole system performance in the production of high value commodities deploying bio-processes with increased yield, quality and purity of conversion products, including bio-catalytic process design.
– Using or developing bio-technologies for novel and improved high quality, high addedvalue and renewable forest based products and processes to increase sustainability of wood and wood production, including timber, renewable materials and bio-energy stocks.
– Addressing the potential of biotechnology to detect, monitor, prevent, treat and remove pollution.
– Maximising the economic value of waste and by-products through new and potentially energy-saving bio-processes, alone or in combination with plant systems and/or chemical catalysts.
Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology

The objetive of this theme is building a European Knowledge Based Bio-Economy by bringing together science, industry and other stakeholders, to exploit new and emerging research opportunities that address social, environmental and economic challenges:
the growing demand for safer, healthier, higher quality food and for sustainable use and production of renewable bio-resources, the increasing risk of epizootic and zoonotic diseases and food related disorders;
threats to the sustainability and security of agricultural, aquaculture and fisheries production;
and the increasing demand for high quality food, taking into account animal welfare and rural and coastal context and response to specific dietary needs of consumers.
Total 2011 €
Project Name 2011 €Description
Assessing and Monitoring the Impacts of Genetically modified plants on Agro-ecosystems(AMIGA)5.997.963

The project aims at 1 providing baseline data on biodiversity in agro-ecosystems in the EU, 2 translating regional protection goals in measurable assessment endpoints, 3 defining lists of suitable... AMIGA

Gentle remediation of trace element contaminated land(GREENLAND)2.995.507

Gentle remediation options (g.r.o.) include various (mostly plant based) approaches to remediate trace element contaminated soils at low cost and without significant negative effects for the environment.... GREENLAND

Microorganism and enzyme Immobilization: NOvel Techniques and Approaches for Upgraded Remediation of Underground-, wastewater and Soil(MINOTAURUS)2.999.110

MINOTAURUS will deliver innovative bio-processes (bioaugmentation, enzyme technology, rhizoremediation with halophytes, and bioelectrochemical remediation), which are all based on the concept... MINOTAURUS


BIOTREAT brings together six research institutions and four SMEs to develop much-needed water treatment biotechnologies for removing pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other organic micropollutants... BIOTREAT


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