Transnational Plant(Genome)Research (PLANT-KBBE)

a funding initiative in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

The acronym PLANT-KBBE stands for: 'Transnational PLant Alliance for Novel Technologies – towards implementing the Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy in Europe' (PLANT-KBBE) and represents the continuation of a common international funding initiative between France, Spain and Germany, which has been originally implemented as so-called "Trilateral Activity" in the context of two "Calls for Proposals" in 2004 and 2006.

National funding partners are the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) in France, the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) in Spain as well as the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany. Meanwhile the circle of funding partners has been extended by Portugal (on the occasion of the Calls in 2009 and 2010), represented by the national funding agency FCT (Fundação para a Ciênca e a Tecnologia).

Superior purpose of the PLANT-KBBE funding initiative is the implementation as well as continuation of transnational research projects between research groups and enterprises of the partner countries mentioned above, with the objective of further deepening the already existing cooperation between economy and science in and between these countries. In the framework of PLANT-KBBE especially small and medium enterprises (SME) are addressed and concurrently encouraged to be involved in the composition of project ideas as a leading partner. However, with this funding activity also research institutions and businesses from other countries are explicitly addressed, because they can be associated to existing transnational consortia of the partners mentioned above, provided that they introduce their own funds into the collaboration.

Purpose of the present, all in all 6th transnational ‘Call for Proposals’ (‘Food & Feed: crop yields and nutrition security in the context of climate change‘) is the accelerated implementation of practical applications based on achieved scientific findings, accompanied with an immediate transfer of research results in new processes, products and services. By means of the most recently published PLANT-KBBE announcement a knowledge-based, predominantly industry-driven and clearly application-oriented research should be advanced in Europe and beyond. This type of collaboration should strengthen the competitiveness of the participating companies and research institutions on a European but also global scale as well as further promote the transnational pooling of know-how and research capacities. In the framework of the ‘Call for Proposals‘, the funding partners intend to also support such multi-disciplinary R&D-activities in the context of public-private-partnerships, that integrate other research fields apart from plant biotechnology. In terms of the 6th ‘Call’ the transnational funding partners mentioned above announced to provide altogether a funding of up to 10 m€.
The execution of the current ‘Call’ will be assured by division of labour. During the phase of proposal submission, including the verification of eligibility of submitted project ideas, PtJ will be in charge, while starting with the evaluation phase (peer review etc) the French colleagues of ANR will take over.

With respect to requests regarding specific national conditions the different national call coordinators may be addressed as well:


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