National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) and National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW) announce I call for proposals in the frame of GEKON Programme – Generator of Ecological Concepts GEKON aims at financing projects covering execution of R&D activities, experimental development and implementation of innovative pro-ecological technologies in the following areas:

- Environmental aspects of search and gas exploitation from non-conventional sources; 
- Energy efficiency and energy storing;
- Protection and rational use of water; 
- Clean energy;
- Novel technologies for production of fuels, energy and materials from waste and recycled waste.
Indicative budget for projects selected in the first GEKON Call:
R&D phase – 120 M PLN;
Implementation phase – 160 M PLN (this allocation is earmarked for all GEKON calls for proposals)
Submission only by use of OSF electronic system: between 01 March 2013 – 14 March 2013 (till 24.00)

Detailed information on GEKON Programme and call documents are available on websites:,,  

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Strategic program of research and development work "Environment, agriculture and forestry"- BIOSTRATEG. National Centre for Research and Development announces the approval by the Minister of Science and Higher Education,prepared by the Council of NCBR, strategic program of research and development work, "Environment, agriculture and forestry"- BIOSTRATEG.
The program includes five strategic problem areas, resulting directly from the National Research Programme, consistent with the objectives of research carried out in the European Union and in the world:
- Food security;
- Rational management of natural resources with particular emphasis on water management;
- Prevention and adaptation to climate change, with particular emphasis on agriculture;
- Biodiversity conservation and sustainable development of agricultural production space;
- Forestry and wood industry.

The main objective of the program is the development of knowledge in the areas of program, leading to an increase in the international position of the Polish research and development work in this field, and transfer to the socio-economic innovative solutions developed under the Programme. The program will stimulate increased innovation and competitiveness of the Polish economy. The total budget of the Programme, will be about. 500 million zlotys. Currently in the National Centre for Research and Development activities are carring out in preparation for the implementation of the program. All information will be kept posted on the NRDC and the Programme website. 

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the contents of the Program: 

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Bio-based Industries Consortium and the European Commission announced the first competition being a part of public-private partnerships in the area of ??bio-based industries.  For projects will be allocated 3.7 billion euros between 2014 and 2020 Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI)
is a new public-private partnership between the European Union and Bio-based Industries Consortium. Operates within the Horizon 2020 program, and the funds to be allocated for its implementation will amount to 3.7 billion euros in 2014-2020. 975 ml EU will provide €, while 2.7 billion will come from private investment.

The competition focuses on research topics in the field of agri-food and forestry. It can be observed that BBI has put great emphasis on issues related to the use of so far not developed in the most appropriate way of waste agricultural industry, the development of methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution associated with the production process and the use of new ways to use cellulose, which reduce the use of energy and raw materials. Their detailed description and information on funding can be found on the Commission's website.

The deadline for applications is 15 October.

As part of the competition is announced 16 research topics.

  • BBI.VC1.R1: Efficient pre-treatment of lignocellulosic feedstock to advanced bio-based chemicals and biomaterials
  • BBI.VC2.R2: New sustainable pulping technologies
  • BBI.VC2.R3: New products from sustainable cellulose pulp exploitation
  • BBI.VC3.R6: Fermentation processes to obtain biosurfactants and specialty carbohydrates from agricultural and agro-industrial streams
  • BBI.VC3.R7: Protein products from plant residues
  • BBI.VC3.R8: Bioactive compounds from meso-organism's bioconversion
  • BBI.VC4.R9: Valuable products from heterogeneous biowaste streams
  • BBI.VC4.R10: Nutrient recovery from biobased waste streams and residues
  • BBI.VC1.D1: Lignocellulosic residues to (di)carboxylic acids, diols and polyols
  • BBI.VC1.D2: Chemical building blocks and value-added materials through integrated processing of wood
  • BBI.VC2.D3: Advanced products from lignin and cellulose streams of the pulp and paper industry
  • BBI.VC3.D4: Functional additives from residues from the agro-food industry
  • BBI.VC4.D5: Cost efficient manure valorisation on large scale
  • BBI.VC3.F1: Added value products from underutilised agricultural resources
  • BBI.VC2.R4: Fibres and polymers from lignin
  • BBI.VC2.R5: Sugars from effluents of the pulping process and discharged fibres

support for affiliated entities in the cluster

Budget: 25,102,000 euros.

Funding 70% when one of the entities in the consortium company.

Funding 100% when the consortium formed all non-profit entities such. Associations or clusters.

Phase I - project to 06.18.2014 r.

Phase II - project to 09.24.2014 r.

Phase III - to 17.12.2014 r.

Scope: Instrument support for SMEs consists of three separate phases, and support for beneficiaries using coaching and mentoring services.


Phase 1

Draft a business plan based on the proposed idea / concept should contain information about the state of the technology of the entity as well as an economic analysis of the application of innovative idea with the characteristics of innovation for the industry which will be used (new products, processes, technologies, design or new market applications). The initial business plan may also include risk assessment, market research, user involvement, intellectual property (IP) management, developing an innovation strategy, search for partners.

Stage 1 of the project: evaluation of the project concept - max. 10 pages. The proposal should include a preliminary business plan based on the proposed idea / concept and criteria for success of the initiative. Funding will be provided in the form of a lump sum of EUR 50,000. Delivery time about 6 months.

Phase 2

The best ideas have the ability to get to the second phase In this phase, efforts should focus on research activities and the creation of innovative leading technology demonstrator, prototype testing, the use of industrial design, etc.. And ultimately shaping the product maturity and placing it on the market. Particular attention should be paid to the protection of intellectual property. Applications should include a specification of the results of the project, including the first commercialization plan and criteria for success. Period of the project: from 12 to 24 months. (preferred projects from 0.5 to 2.5 million euro).

Phase 3.
Besides the SME sector entities may use indirect measures and support services, as well as access to financial instruments in the context of access to risk finance the work program. Selected beneficiaries will be offered coaching and mentoring services - support during phase 1 and phase 2 This service will be available through the Enterprise Europe Network, and provided by a dedicated coach. Coaches and Mentors will be recruited from the central database, managed by the Commission. Support may include assistance in identifying potential growth, develop a plan for the development and strengthening of management skills, and develop their own abilities in coaching.

Types of activities:

- Stimulating innovation potential of small and medium-sized enterprises to low emission energy.

- Eco-innovation and sustainable supply of raw materials.

- Biotechnology-based SMEs - to stimulate industrial processes to increase competitiveness.

- Clinical trials of biomarkers.

- Eco-innovative food production and efficient processing

- Acceleration placing on the market of products using nanotechnology



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