May 2015, Brussels – The ProBIO project will analyse more than 390 projects funded under the Knowledge Base Bio-Economy (KBBE) Programme of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), so that their most promising and advanced results can be swiftly brought into the market. The ProBIO partnership will provide the owners of the results with specific coaching and tools that will help to speed up the introduction of their results into the market.
“ProBIO is designed to improve access to European Union research results for industry, research, policy-makers and by extension the civil society. This project aims to facilitate the uptake of bioeconomy research results by relevant stakeholders, accelerating the introduction of results into the market and the knowledge-based policy making process” said Daniele Colombo from Innovhub Stazioni Sperimentali per l’Industria (Innovhub SSI) , the ProBIO coordinator, during the project kick off meeting held in Brussels on 11 March 2015.
With the participation of a multidisciplinary team from eight institutions, based in seven European countries, the partnership will develop and implement different tools to identify and classify the research results coming out of 397 KBBE projects. This activity will allow for the identification of the results that are ready for market, from the ones that need further development. Using a range of innovative methodologies, the project experts will help to transfer each result to the relevant sector – market, policy or research – depending on the degree of maturity and typology of the result.
The experts participating in the project will ensure that the most appropriate and cost-effective channels are used to promote knowledge sharing and exchange among all the stakeholders involved in the bioeconomy value chain. This will ensure the most suitable exploitation of the KBBE research results.
The ProBIO project has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme under grant agreement n° 652683.