BioMinE FP6 integrated Project
FP6 Priority areas and Integrated projects

In FP6 there exist seven thematic priority areas. These are briefly:

  1. Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health
  2. Information society technologies
  3. Nanotechnologies, multifunctional materials and new production processes
  4. Aeronautics and space
  5. Food quality and safety
  6. Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems
  7. Citizens and governance in a knowledge-based society

BioMinE is an Integrated Project in the Sixth Framework Programme, following call FP6-2002-NMP-1 in thematic area 3. BioMinE was originally submitted as the proposition Biometech in the call "Radical changes in the “basic materials” industry (excluding steel) for cleaner, safer and more eco-efficient production" of the area " Systems research and hazard control" in the subpriority 3.4.3 "New Production Processes and Devices".

Radical changes in the “basic materials” industry (excluding steel) for cleaner, safer and more eco-efficient production (call for IP and STREP)
In support of the “production of tomorrow”, the objective is to provide for the basic materials industries through the development of sustainable solutions that do not harm ‘people and planet’ for the whole life cycle of products, equipment and infrastructures.
Industrial breakthroughs should be fostered, integrating various innovative technological approaches, in particular biotechnology-based processes, eco-design, new eco- and renewable materials, zero-waste and technologies to protect people and the environment. With regard to the challenge of creating knowledge-based industries at the horizon 2010, attention should be given in the different projects to education and skill development.

Integrated Projects (IPs) are multipartner projects to support objective-driven research, where the primary deliverable is generating the knowledge required to implement the thematic priorities. IPs should bring together a critical mass of resources to reach ambitious goals aimed either at increasing Europe’s competitiveness or at addressing major societal needs. They must contain a research component and may contain technological development and demonstration components, as appropriate, as well as perhaps a training component. A project may be at any point in the research spectrum. A single project may indeed span large parts of the spectrum, i.e. from basic to applied research.
Integration within an integrated project may take several forms:

  • Vertical integration of the full “value-chain” of stakeholders from those involved in knowledge production through to technology development and transfer.
  • Horizontal integration of a range of multidisciplinary activities.
  • Activity integration: integrating various research activities from fundamental to applied research and with other types of activity, including take-up activities, protection and dissemination of knowledge, training, etc, as appropriate.
  • Sectoral integration of actors from private and public sector research organisations, and in particular between academia and industry, including SMEs.
  • Financial integration of public and private funding, with overall financing plans that may involve the European Investment Bank and co-operation with Eureka.

The effective management of knowledge and its dissemination and transfer, will also be an essential feature of each integrated project together with the analysis and assessment of the technologies developed and of the factors relating to their exploitation, where relevant.
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