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Indo-European Innovation Joint Call for proposals on Bioeconomy
Deadline: Aug 31, 2016  

 Food Safety
 Plant Health
 Rural Development
 Low-Carbon Economy
 Sustainable Development
 Environmental protection
 Agricultural Biotechnology

1.1 The INNO INDIGO project

INNO INDIGO is a geographical ERA-NET with India funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program for Research and Technological Development. The project runs from November 2013 until October 2016.

It is the follow-up of the predecessor ERA-NET New INDIGO (2009-2013), which successfully launched four calls for proposals and developed a scheme for EU-India transnational calls, namely the New INDIGO Partnership Program (NPP).

The overall aim of INNO INDIGO is to continue the successful funding scheme set-up under New INDIGO, hence, strengthening scientific, technology and business collaborations between Europe and India. INNO INDIGO aims to enhance participation in its funding scheme of innovation actors and new funders, with the objective to “bring ideas – through collaboration – to the market”. Besides the launch of regular joint multilateral calls for proposals, INNO INDIGO will organise Science, Technology and Innovation-focused events, such as workshops and conferences, especially the EU-India Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Cooperation Days.

For more information about the project activities, you are invited to consult our website:

1.2 Aim of the INNO INDIGO Partnership Programme (IPP)

The aim of the INNO INDIGO Partnership Programme (IPP) is to support high quality research, development and innovation projects involving partners from Europe and India.

The INNO INDIGO calls for proposals target existing contacts to foster collaborations and/or initiate new ones. The objective is to pave the way for long-lasting cooperation between STI organisations from the European Research Area (ERA) and India.

Moreover, a crucial aim is to enhance the relevance and outreach of the IPP to innovation stakeholders, in particular to fund research closer to the market.

To date, two joint calls were already launched by INNO INDIGO, “Clean Water and Health” in July 2014 and “Diagnostics and interventions in chronic non-communicable diseases” in April 2015.

This Joint Call for Proposals in the field of Bioeconomy constitutes the third joint call under the INNO INDIGO Partnership Programme (IPP3). It is divided in two separated calls for proposals: one call for S&T projects closer to basic research ( and one call for innovation projects closer to the market.

1.3 IPP3 Innovation Call

The present call text refers to the innovation call. Under the innovation call, joint R&D projects designed to lead to innovative products, services or processes of significant economic and/or societal value are eligible for funding. Innovation projects should aim at developing innovative technologies/products/services in the field of bioeconomy of high utilization, with a high market potential and of particular importance for Europe as well as for India.

The joint innovation projects shall also address applied research and technological development implemented in partnership between innovative SMEs and research performing institutions based in India and Europe.

1.4 IPP3 thematic area: Bioeconomy

The aim of the Innovation call is to create long-term R&I collaboration between innovation stakeholders based in India and Europe and to pave the way for potential joint market exploitation in the field of bioeconomy.

Bioeconomy comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms – to produce food, materials and energy.

It is considered as one essential alternative to the dangers and limitations of our current fossil-based economy and can be considered as the next wave in our economic development. Indeed, a transition is needed towards an optimal and renewable use of biological resources and towards sustainable primary production and processing systems. These systems will need to produce more food, fibre and other bio-based products with minimised inputs, environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions, and with enhanced ecosystem services, zero waste and adequate societal value.

Innovation projects should aim at developing innovative and affordable technologies, products or services contributing to one of the following challenges:

  • Securing global nutrition

  • Shaping agricultural production sustainably

  • Producing safe and healthy food products

  • Using renewable resources on an industrial scale

  • Developing energy sources based on biomass

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