Selected – 2014

ERA-NET ERASynBio joint transnational call for proposals on synthetic biology

The ANR joins the ERA-NET ERASynBio to launch a first joint call for proposals to fund transnational research projects on Synthetic Biology.

Twelve countries are joining this call: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.

This joint call for proposals aims to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations and to establish and strengthen the scientific community in Synthetic Biology.

Proposals may address any of the following subfields, which are equal in relevance for this call:

  • Metabolic engineering: Attaining new levels of complexity in modification of biosynthetic pathways for sustainable chemistry.
  • Regulatory circuits: Inserting well-characterised, modular, artificial networks to provide new functions in cells and organisms.
  • Orthogonal biosystems: Engineering cells to expand the genetic code to develop new information storage and processing capacity (xeno nucleic acids) and protein engineering.
  • Bionanoscience: Developing molecular-scale motors and other components for cell-based machines or cell-free devices to perform complex new tasks.
  • Minimal genomes: Identifying the smallest number of parts needed for life as a basis for engineering minimal cell factories for new functions.
  • Protocells: Using programmable chemical design to produce (semi-)synthetic cells.

The projects must show a clear added value in funding the transnational collaboration. Each consortium submitting a proposal must involve a minimum of three research groups from three different countries of funding organisations participating in this call (see list above).

Funding will be awarded for a maximum of three years. The ANR will fund only the French partners in the selected projects.

Please note:

  • The proposals cannot address synthetic biology research where the downstream use of the technology would be for defense and security purposes.
  • The funding will not be attributed to projects related to classical genetic engineering and other related fields like systems biology.


Each consortium must incorporate one strategic element in its project application to be eligible. These strategic elements derive from recommendations in the ERASynBio Strategic Vision serving the overall objective of responsible and effective development. Consortia with French partners should choose between the following strategic elements: responsible research, training and education or data and technologies. However, since not each funding organisation is able to finance every type of elements, applicants should refer to the funding matrix in table 2 from the call text.

Opening : 2014-05-07 at 11:53 CEST
Application Deadline : 2014-07-03 at 17:00 CEST

The call is centrally coordinated by the Joint Call Secretariat, which is represented by Jülich, Germany.

Submissions of proposals will be in one step. All proposals should be submitted online via the submission website before the deadline, July 3rd, 2014, 17:00 CEST.

Each French partner of the selected projects will sign a grant agreement with the ANR. Therefore, he/she will adhere to the methods stipulated in "Regulations concerning the conditions of allocation of ANR funding ", which may be consulted on the ANR website.


Joint Call Secretariat
Dr. Annette KremserProject Management Jülich

+49 2461 61-3213



Dr. Martine Batoux
Tel: +33 (0)1 73 54 81 40


Consult the upcoming and current calls of the portal

The portal centralises all information on calls for proposals and calls for applications from ADEME, ANR, Inserm including ANRS, Anses and INCa. It provides a simplified access to upcoming and ongoing calls, giving a greater visibility to funding opportunities. Following their closing date, the calls remain published for a few months.


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