Despite a wealth of potential, the bioactive materials from the world's marine organisms and ecosystems remain largely unexplored. The second ERA-MBT call for applications “Bioactive molecules from the marine environment – Biodiscovery” anticipates that international collaborations combining research strengths will facilitate the discovery and commercialization of novel marine-origin bioactive materials, accomplishing more than individual countries working independently. With over 25,000km of coastline, and a thriving marine biology community, BC is ideally placed to participate in the ERA-MBT Program.
Funded under the FP7 ERA-NET scheme, ERA-MarineBiotech (ERA-MBT) http://www.marinebiotech.eu/ is a consortium of national funding bodies seeking complementarities between national activities to pool resources to undertake joint funding of transnational projects in the area of Marine Biotechnology.
The ERA-NET scheme was launched by the European Commission to support the coordination and collaboration of national research programs. Since 2004, the ERA NET scheme has implemented more than 350 calls resulting in more than 3400 projects (€2.3billion in public funding research).
The ERA-MBT Secretariat is responsible for all aspects of the management and administration of the program. Full details are available in the ERA-MBT Call Text and Guidelines for Applicants documents on the ERA-MBT call webpage.
As a partner in the call, Genome BC has set aside $600,000 CDN (~€400,000) over three years, sufficient to fund BC participation in up to two transnational projects. BC researchers should consult the Genome BC-specific guidelines for the call for more information.
Submission of full proposals will be invited from 1 December 2015 and will be accepted until the call closes on 6 May 2016 (15:00 CET). Projects are expected to start in early 2017. More details on this program can be found on the call website.
Interested parties are encouraged to contact Rachael Ritchie at Genome BC (ERA@genomebc.ca).