Strategic Impact of the BECOTEPS project
This project offers a major contribution to the European Research Area by strengthening the Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) sector. In addition, the nine (plus possible emerging) European Technology Platforms (ETPs) in this project will ensure that attention is given to relevant EU policies in the workshops (WP2) and dissemination events (WP3).
This project will go beyond the expected impact of addressing the gaps between the Strategic Research Agendas (SRAs) and preparedness of the scientific community in the context of the various research (implementation) and innovation initiatives: it will in addition address gaps and synergies between the SRAs of the KBBE ETPs.
The BECOTEPS project will:
- Develop and disseminate research, education, implementation and recommendations on activities needed to bridge the gap between the SRA of relevant ETPs and the preparedness of the European scientific community to implement the SRAs (WP2).
- Each workshop in WP2 will discuss this and provide such recommendations.
- Recommendations will be articulated in the BECOTEPS White Paper and in parallel already discussed critically with policy makers (EU, ERA-NETs, KBBE-Net, Member States) in the events of WP3.
- This will help to increase the synergy between the medium to long term strategic approach in the research programmes thus enabling better fine-tuning according to the national or specific priorities and possibilities, and increase synergy where desired and as far as possible between them.
- Develop recommendations for better interaction between the KBBE ETP stakeholders along the product chains and the sustainability issue regarding multidisciplinary research, education, international perspectives, innovation and policy issues (WP2).
- This will have an impact that is difficult to achieve by ETPs individually: holistic approach of the KBBE sector in research, implementation of programmes of all levels (EU to national, public to private).
- It will address the gaps and the synergies between the SRAs of the KBBE ETPs.
- Discuss with relevant organisations taking into account their priorities, further develop and disseminate research, education, training, implementation, international perspectives and policy recommendations on how to best take advantage of the synergies between the different ETPs (WP2-WP3).
- Recommend activities within the following areas:
- Safer, healthier, higher quality food and feed in and from Europe (taking into account environment, sustainable economy, European distinctiveness, public perception, countryside, and animal welfare);
- Sustainable use and production of renewable bio-resources;
- Non-food applications of biological resources including biomass availability and biofuels;
- The recommended activities could for instance be additional research activities, implementation, education and training, further dialogue between stakeholders, the setting up of networks and intensified two-way interaction with politicians and the public.
- Encourage critical discussions between European and national public and private research and technology implementation initiatives, taking into account their priorities and possibilities, to foster the implementation of the SRAs (WP3) based on the recommendations developed between the ETPs in WP2.
- Foster the implementation (and follow-up) of SRAs, taking into account the national and other relevant priorities and KBBE practice.
- Support the development of a coherent policy supporting the KBBE across Europe with respect for its distinctive character and strong global position.
- Support the implementation of the Lead Market Initiative for bio-based products.
For the Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE), R&D has an important role to play in addressing major economic, technological or societal challenges and in increasing Europe’s competitiveness. By increasing cooperation and coordination between the different KBBE ETPs (WP1); by improving links between science and application and by promoting the implementation of the SRAs and developing for each workshop research, implementation and policy recommendations, taking into account the critical input of the national or sectorial priorities and possibilities, this project will in the medium to longer term have a positive impact on:
- Trans-sectorial co-operation and will minimise fragmentation through promotion and dissemination activities (workshops, events, meetings).
- The transparency of European research into business at the KBBE level because the overall concept and conclusions will be freely available and provide a concise constructive broadly discussed overview of the science and implementation needs of Europe’s most important and diverse SME and industry sector).
- Actions for later FP7 calls and for research programmes on a multinational and national level by prioritising such actions.
- The concept of FP8 by providing critically discussed recommendations on what has to be done at European level to reach critical mass in the KBBE to address the challenges for European / global society, environment and economy in future.