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ProBIO clustering event for participants of Knowledge Base Bio-Economy (KBBE) projects to discuss exploitation strategies for Bioeconomy Research proposals.

ProBIO clustering event for participants of Knowledge Base Bio-Economy (KBBE) projects to discuss exploitation strategies for Bioeconomy Research proposals.

7 June 2016, Brussels – An opportunity is being offered to representatives from KBBE projects to meet and discuss at “Exploitation strategies for Bioeconomy Research proposals” (Brussels, 7 June 2016), a clustering opportunity for KBBE projects’ results owners.

Participants will receive guidance on how to produce successful research proposals with a strong exploitation strategy element. The event is organized by ProBIO, a H2020 project which supports and facilitates the exploitation of research projects’ outcomes.

Emma Holtz from SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden is the member of the ProBIO team in charge of providing tailored support for further R&I and also the event organizer. Emma stated, “When coaching KBBE projects for ProBIO, we have observed how much uncertainty there is when it comes to market exploitation: many researchers are not aware of the potentials their achievements have to become products for the market or to serve as the starting point for new research. Too often, there is a lack of clarity as to the exploitation element of a research proposal, which hampers a proposal’s chances of success. With this clustering event we aim at addressing this area of uncertainty, by giving participants the tools (and sometimes the tips) which help them in developing a successful proposal. At our event, we will be showing bioeconomy projects how to access research funding, by giving them an overview on existing opportunities and financing schemes across the EU and national programmes.”

Among keynote speakers participating in the event, Alexandros Theodoridis from the BioHorizon project will present “Bio National Contact Points’ support to improve the quality of research project proposals” as well as give hints on how to put together a good consortium. Christine Bunthof from the Platform2 project will be introducing the platform of bioeconomy ERA-NET actions. Furthermore, exploitation experts at ProBIO will show the participants how to strengthen their project‘s exploitation potential in the early phase of application development by considering the market and potential end users, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) as well as their choice of business model.

“Exploitation strategies for Bioeconomy Research proposals” is also meant to act as a “clustering” event, as it will provide the opportunity for researchers in the bioeconomy area to meet up and discuss proposal writing in a neutral environment.

Participation is open to project result owners from previous KBBE projects as well as other invited researchers planning to develop (or taking part in) competitive research project proposals with strong exploitation strategies.

For more information about the event and registration, visit the ProBIO website or contact Emma Holtz.


Notes for editors
The event has been organised in the framework of the ProBIO project which aims to support the update of R&D results through coaching of result owners. ProBIO has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n° 652683. The project started in March 2015 and is set to run for two and a half years.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration
under grant agreement No 289699

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