PLATFORM - Meta-network for public-to-public partnerships in the bioeconomy

The platform of bioeconomy ERA-NETs was initiated to bring together European Research Area Networks (ERA-NETs) and other relevant public-to-public (P2P) networks in the area of the bioeconomy: food, agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, climate, biodiversity and biotechnologies. Through its activities PLATFORM established a forum for funders and programme managers and playes since 2012 a central role in facilitating and improving the coherence between the P2P networks active in the bioeconomy.

The project received funding from the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and Horizon2020 (H2020). PLATFORM meta-networked the funders, programme managers and other key actors of ERA-NETs, Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) and other P2P networks. The project under H2020 (2015-2018) continued and expanded the work of FP7 PLATFORM (2012-2014) by further improving exchange and cooperation and strengthening the impact of these P2P networks on the European Research Area and the European bioeconomy.

PLATFORM ran from January 2012 until February 2015 (36 months). The Coordination Action (CA) was funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme under Grant Agreement 288422. The consortium consisted of 13 partners from 8 European member states and associated countries (WUR (NL), MinEZ (NL), FNR (DE), INRA (FR), FRB (FR), DEFRA (UK), BBSRC (UK), Juelich (DE), BMWFJ (AT), DASTI (DK), AU-ICROFS (DK), NICe (NO) and TEKES (FI)) . The initiative continued further under Horizon 2020 for the period 2015-2018 under Grant Agreement 652635 and with a consortium of 9 partners from 6 European member states and associated countries (WUR (NL), MinEZ (NL), Juelich (DE), FNR (DE), BMLFUW (AT), MIZS (SI), AU-ICROFS (DK), IFD (DK), Mipaaf (IT)).

Impact

Contribution to European Research Area in the Bioeconomy PLATFORM increased interaction and coherence by consolidating a robust network of Member States research and innovation coordination activities.

Effective implementation of ERA-NETs PLATFORM organised training and knowledge transfer enhancing the professionalism and operational efficiency of the P2P networks whose actors collectively now hold more oversight and expertise of the ERA-NET instrument.

Harmonisation of actions PLATFORM supported the P2P networks to implement activities in a better coordinated manner, vis-a-vis and in interactions with other related programmes (SCAR, EIP-AGRI, BBI-JU) within the bioeconomy.

Below you find a comprehensive overview of the products and achievements. Furthermore presentations and documents used at the PLATFORM Workshops, Master Classes and Annual Events can be viewed and downloaded from the PLATFORM Archive.

For a full overview of pulic-to-public partnerships in the bioeconomy please visit the PLATFORM DB. You are invited to browse through the data, explore the functionalities to retrieve graphical overviews, and read about calls and projects.

PLATFORM DB: Bioeconomy P2P networks information source

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PLATFORM developed a database to give overview of the P2P networks and their calls and funded research projects to serve P2P network actors as well as policy makers, national programme managers and the science community. The database showcases major achievements of the networks. You are invited to browse through the data, explore the functionalities to retrieve graphical overviews, and read about calls and projects.