Selected – 2013

ERA-NET ERASynBio Joint Transnational Call (JTC 2013) 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.

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

Important notice: Finally the Netherlands decided not to participate in the first ERASynBio call for proposals.

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 European 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 defence and security purposes.
  • The funding will not be attributed to projects related to classical genetic engineering and other related fields like systems biology.


Opening : 2013-05-13 at 15:10 CEST
Application Deadline : 2013-08-26 at 17:00 CEST

The specific appendix for French partners is available on this site. The call text, proposal template, and guidelines for applicants are available both on this site and on

Electronic proposal submission is mandatory on:

No proposal submission will be accepted directly at ANR.

Contact person for the Joint Call Secretariat for this edition (2013):

Dr. Annette Kremser
email: a.kremser(at)
phone: +49 2461 61-3213

ANR contact:
Dr. Martine Batoux

To contact us regarding this call for proposals, please see the page accessible through this link


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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