Call for proposals for LEIT – BIOTECHNOLOGY H2020-LEIT-BIO-2015-1 Closed!


The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes.

The “Industrial leadership” priority aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies. It consists of three specific objectives:

"Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies" provides dedicated support for research, development and demonstration and, where appropriate, for standardisation and certification, on information and communications technology (ICT), nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing and space.

Emphasis is being placed on interactions and convergence across and between the different technologies and their relations to societal challenges. User needs shall be taken into account in all these fields.

1.4 Biotechnology

The specific objective of biotechnology research and innovation is to develop competitive, sustainable, safe and innovative industrial products and processes and contribute as an innovation driver in a number of European sectors, like agriculture, forestry, food, energy, chemical and health as well as the knowledge-based bioeconomy.

Biotechnology projects are expected to develop generic technology building blocks enabling true stepping stones towards solutions to a number of societal challenges: Better health (SC1); Low-carbon energy generation (SC3); Resource- and energy- efficiency and industrial
pollution reduction (SC5).


Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  • BIOTEC-2-2015: New bioinformatics approaches in service of biotechnology. One of the greatest challenge facing the biotechnology community today is to be able to make use of the vast and dynamic influx of "omics" data. The synchronised development of bioinformatic concepts and related computational tools for prediction and modelling is a prerequisite to enable the exploitation of this wealth of biological data as a source of new biotechnological applications. These can range from industry and health to the environment and agriculture. Ethical aspects such as those related to confidentiality, sensitive data and data property are relevant to some bioinformatics applications.
  • BIOTEC-6-2015: Metagenomics as innovation driver. Metagenomics has the potential to provide unprecedented insight into the form and function of heterogeneous communities of microorganisms and their vast biodiversity, without the need for isolation and lab culture of particular organisms. Microbial communities affect human and animal health, support the growth of plants, are critical components of all terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and can be exploited to produce fuels or chemicals. However, in order to expand their potential further, the metagenomic methodologies need to overcome a number of challenges such as those related mainly to standardisation of experimental design, screening, sequencing technologies and bioinformatics relevant techniques.

European community funding

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

  • 29,60 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 26 March 2015 - 6 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for proposals for LEIT – BIOTECHNOLOGY (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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