Budget: € 699.989
Nine European Technology Platforms (ETPs) active in the Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) sector are joining forces in this Coordination and Support Action (CSA) funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme.
'Plants for the Future' ETP is coordinating this CSA.
The overall objective of BECOTEPS is to contribute to the creation of a strong KBBE in Europe. The main objectives and the respective activities are:
1. Achieve closer and more coordinated collaboration between the KBBE ETPs.
2. Develop recommendations for better interaction between the KBBE ETP stakeholders along the product chains and the sustainability issue regarding multidisciplinary research, innovation and policy issues to enhance implementation of the ETPs’ Strategic Research Agendas (SRAs).
BECOTEPS will help to link science and application by addressing synergies and gaps: (i) between the SRAs of the ETPs and (i) with respect to the research preparedness of the scientific community by topical workshops on cross-cutting KBBE issues. The first workshop will address trust and collaboration in the food and feed chain, the second workshop the integration of the non-food chains including biorefineries, and the third workshop cross-cutting sustainability issues, including climate change and land use. The workshop recommendations on research and policy will be summarized in a White Paper.
3. Encourage discussions between European and national, public and private, research and innovation initiatives to foster implementation of the SRAs based on the recommendations developed between the ETPs. In addition, BECOTEPS will promote the KBBE concept with the European Commission, European Parliament and national ministries in the Member States including the relevant ERA-NETs. A small number of dissemination events will be held to discuss the KBBE and the recommendations from the workshops on implementing cross-cutting issues from the ETP’s SRA (including Lead Markets, SMEs, education and training), as well as to set priorities on future research and innovation challenges.