Call for Proposals - Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) 2012 FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage Closed!


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.


Activity 2.1: Sustainable production and management of biological resources from land, forest and aquatic environment

Area 2.1.1 Enabling research

  • KBBE.2012.1.1-01: Improving seeds for agriculture and conservation activities
  • KBBE.2012.1.1-02: Animal and farm-centric approach to precision livestock farming in Europe
  • KBBE.2012.1.1-03: Precision technologies to improve irrigation management and increase water productivity in major water-demanding crops in Europe

Area 2.1.2 Increased sustainability of all production systems (agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture); plant health and crop protection

  • KBBE.2012.1.2-01: Development of new or improved logistics for lignocellulosic biomass harvest, storage and transport (Topic implemented jointly by Themes FAFB and ENERGY)
  • KBBE.2012.1.2-02: Managing semi-natural habitats and onfarm biodiversity to optimise ecological services
  • KBBE.2012.1.2-03: Plant growth-promoting bioeffectors (microorganisms and active natural compounds) for alternative plant nutrition strategies in non-leguminous crops.
  • KBBE.2012.1.2-04: Vineyard agronomic management and optimised production systems for improved grape quality to reinforce competitiveness of the winegrowing sector
  • KBBE.2012.1.2-05: Development of seed testing methods for pests and pathogens of plant health concern
  • KBBE.2012.1.2-06: Multipurpose trees and nonwood forest products for an innovative forestry in rural areas
  • KBBE.2012.1.2-07: Development of management strategies for planted and managed forests to increase mitigation capacity
  • KBBE.2012.1.2-09: Integrating the role of marine benthic ecosystems in fisheries management (The Ocean of Tomorrow)
  • KBBE.2012.1.2-10: Prevention of important diseases of farmed fish species
  • KBBE.2012.1.2-11: Bridging the gap between science and producers to support the European marine mollusc production sector
  • KBBE.2012.1.2-12: Providing molecular tools for assessing and monitoring the potential genetic impact of aquaculture on native populations (The Ocean of Tomorrow)

Area 2.1.3 Optimised animal health, production and welfare across agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture

  • KBBE.2012.1.3-01: Development and evaluation of scientific methodologies for cost-effective risk-based animal health surveillance.
  • KBBE.2012.1.3-02: Targeted research effort on African swine fever
  • KBBE.2012.1.3-03: Monogastrics Feed Efficiency - Efficiency of terrestrial livestock digestive systems and reduction of the ecological footprint through a combination of systems biology, 'omics' and nutrition
  • KBBE.2012.1.3-04: Optimised terrestrial farm animal reproduction systems and/or technologies

Area 2.1.4 Socio-economic research and support to policies

  • KBBE.2012.1.4-01: Design of a systems analysis tools framework for the EU biobased economy strategy
  • KBBE.2012.1.4-02: Boosting the translation of FP projects' results into innovative applications in the field of agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture.
  • KBBE.2012.1.4-03: Advocacy and informational material for different media targeting decision makers at different levels and end-users in Africa in the fight against neglected zoonotic diseases
  • KBBE.2012.1.4-04: Improved management practices and alternative treatments to improve animal health in organic farming systems
  • KBBE.2012.1.4-05: Volatility of agricultural commodity markets
  • KBBE.2012.1.4-06: Short chain delivery of food for urban-peri-urban areas
  • KBBE.2012.1.4-07: Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems for an inclusive Europe
  • KBBE.2012.1.4-08: Development and application of methodologies and tools, including indicators, for the assessment of environmental impacts of rural development programmes in the EU
  • KBBE.2012.1.4-09: International comparisons of product supply chains in the agro-food sectors:
  • determinants of their competitiveness and performance on EU and international markets

Activity 2.2 Fork to farm: Food (including seafood), health and well being

Area 2.2.1 Consumers

  • KBBE.2012.2.1-01: Role of health-related symbols and claims in consumer behaviour

Area 2.2.2 Nutrition

  • KBBE.2012.2.2-01: Beneficial effects of bioactive compounds in humans
  • KBBE.2012.2.2-02: Study on the need for food and health research infrastructures
  • KBBE.2012.2.2-03: Impact of lifestyle on well-being and diet-related disease

Area 2.2.3 Food processing

  • KBBE.2012.2.3-01: Feed production from food waste
  • KBBE.2012.2.3-02: Exploitation of Framework Programme project results in food processing by small and medium-sized enterprises
  • KBBE.2012.2.3-03: Automation in food packaging systems
  • KBBE.2012.2.3-04: Personalised approaches to food production and distribution
  • KBBE.2012.2.3-05: Insects as novel sources of proteins — SICA

Area 2.2.4 Food quality and safety

  • KBBE.2012.2.4-01: Contaminants in seafood and their impact on public health (The Ocean of Tomorrow)
  • KBBE.2012.2.4-02: Food safety and quality issues related to parasites in seafood
  • KBBE.2012.2.4-03: Strengthening cooperation for global food safety research
  • KBBE.2012.2.4-04: Towards evidence-based risk management of food allergies
  • KBBE.2012.2.4-05: Postmarket monitoring of GMOs based on epidemiological studies

Area 2.2.5 Environmental impacts and total food chain

  • KBBE.2012.2.5-01: Microbially safe water for human consumption
  • KBBE.2012.2.5-02: Optimising food use for social innovation
  • KBBE.2012.2.5-03: A comparative analysis of global versus local food supply systems

Activity 2.3 Life sciences, biotechnology and biochemistry for sustainable non-food products and processes

Area 2.3.1 Novel sources of biomass and bioproducts

  • KBBE.2012.3.1-01: Improved water stress tolerance of crop plants
  • KBBE.2012.3.1-02: Multipurpose crops for industrial bioproducts and biomass
  • KBBE.2012.3.1-03: EU – China Partnering Initiative on fibre crops – Mandatory China

Area 2.3.2 Marine and freshwater biotechnology (blue biotechnology)

  • KBBE.2012.3.2-01: Innovative marine biodiscovery pipelines for novel industrial products
  • KBBE.2012.3.2-02: Improved cultivation efficiency of marine microorganisms

Area 2.3.3 Industrial biotechnology: novel high addedvalue bioproducts and bioprocesses

  • KBBE.2012.3.3-01: Overcoming hurdles for innovation in industrial biotechnology in Europe
  • KBBE.2012.3.3-02: Support to standardisation for bio-based products
  • KBBE.2012.3.3-03: Mastering integration and intensification of bioprocesses

Area 2.3.4 Biorefinery

  • KBBE.2012.3.4-01: Conversion of bio-waste in developing countries – SICA (African ACP, Mediterranean Partner Countries)
  • KBBE.2012.3.4-02: Biotechnology for novel biopolymers

Area 2.3.5 Environmental biotechnology

  • KBBE.2012.3.5-01: Innovative biotechnologies for tackling oil spill disasters (The Ocean of Tomorrow")
  • KBBE.2012.3.5-02: Biotechnological solutions for the degradation of synthetic polymeric materials (The Ocean of Tomorrow")
  • KBBE.2012.3.5-03: Biotechnological waste water treatments and reuse in agronomical systems
  • KBBE.2012.3.5-04: Verification of GMO risk assessment elements and review and communication of evidence collected on the biosafety of GMO

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 304,57 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 15 November 2011 - 9 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call Fiche FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage (Other)
  • Work Programme 2012 - Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology (KBBE) (Work programme)
  • Cooperation Work Programme 2012 - General Introduction (Work programme)
  • Call for Proposals - KBBE 2012 (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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