Call for proposals for LEIT – BIOTECHNOLOGY H2020-LEIT-BIO-2014-1 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-1-2014: Synthetic biology – construction of organisms for new products and processes. Enabling the construction and redesign of biological systems which display novel functions, including functions that are not known in nature, synthetic biology has the potential to transform a range of economic sectors. Applications include, among others, the manufacture of drugs, vaccines and diagnostic agents, the production of fine or bulk chemicals or the detection of pollutants and their breakdown or removal from the environment. While the prospects of combining engineering and biology are enormous, harnessing this potential requires further development of synthetic biology techniques while embedding the notion of responsible innovation upfront in its development.
  • BIOTEC-3-2014: Widening industrial application of enzymatic processes. Biocatalysis is increasingly used in synthetic routes to complex molecules. However, the lack of a broad range of reactions platforms catalysed by enzymes and the long development timelines are hindering the full potential of biocatalysis. As a result, while the industry is in need of sustainable routes for a number of important chemical reactions (e.g. some oxidation, C-C bond formation reactions, etc.) biocatalytic alternatives with reduced environmental footprint are still not accessible to large scale chemical synthesis and other industrial conversions.
  • BIOTEC-4-2014: Downstream processes unlocking biotechnological transformations. A general bottleneck for biotechnological processes is the fact that product concentrations are typically low and it is common that several by-products are produced. These two factors make downstream processing (DSP), isolation and purification having an important impact on the economics of the system causing up to 80% of the production costs. Achieving high efficiency at low costs calls for approaching the design and scale up of the bioprocess and downstream separations as a single integrated process. The development and demonstration of downstream processes is expected to unlock a number of biotechnology transformations that are not economically viable at present.

European community funding

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

  • 47,90 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 12 March 2014 - 7 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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