Joint call by ERA-MBT and COFASP | Marinebiotech

Joint call by ERA-MBT and COFASP

Aim of the call

A joint call in the thematic areas Aquaculture, Fishery and Seafood Processing by COFASP (Cooperation in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Processing ERA-net) and ERA-MBT brings the ERA-MBT and COFASP themes closer and will contribute to a better alignment. This makes the networks better positioned to join forces in future activities within H2020 such as e. g. Cofund ERA-NETs and other EU-initiatives. The potential benefit of a joint call is to facilitate new biotechnological approaches and toolbox development, which have the potential to solve challenges and enable innovation within the thematic areas covered by COFASP. Applications are required to demonstrate a significant biotechnology component in the planned research, using elements of the marine biotechnology “toolbox” or research which contributes to the development of new generic tools and/or methods relevant to marine biotechnology within the topics described below.

Find more information on the COFASP website.

List of topics

Topic 1: Fisheries stock assessment and dynamic modelling using ‘omic’ methodologies and tools

Topic 2: Genome based approach to genetic improvement of aquaculture species

Topic 3: Explore opportunities for the use of biotechnological tools, including targeted enzymes to develop more efficient seafood processing methods and high value products


Submissions of proposals will be in a two-step proceure:

  • Submission of pre-proposals will be invited from 21 March 2016 and closes on 22 April 2016.
  • Deadline for submission of full proposals will be on 20 June 2016 (13:00).
  • Communication of the funding recommendation will be on 17 October 2016.

Projects are expected to start in the beginning of 2017.

Call documents

Call announcement: download here

Guidelines for Applicants: download here

Proposal sescription (Part B): download here

Application procedure

Submission of proposals are made on the COFASP website.

Selected projects

AntiFoul - Applying novel biotechnological tools to utilize compounds isolated from the red algae S. coronopifolius as eco-friendly Antifouling Agents

AquaCrispr - Optimization of the CRISPR/CAS9 knock-in technology and application in salmon and trout

CHITOWOUND - Biological tools implementation for new wound healing applications of byproducts from the crustacean seafood processing industry

RobustBass - Advanced selective breading for robustness, disease and stress resistance in European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrix) through the use of next generation sequencing techniques for genetic improvement

STURGEoNOMICS - Genome-based approaches for improvement of aquaculture in two marine sturgeon species: Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) and Beluga (Huso huso)

Download all factsheets

Find more information on the third call page on the COFASP website.