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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2011-6.1 | Award Amount: 598.81K | Year: 2012

The 36-month BIOPARTNERS project gives Georgia the possibility to improve the research activities of their highest quality in the FP7 thematic priority Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology, through twinning activities between one of the leading Georgian scientific and educational organisations, the Durmishidze Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of Agrarian University of Georgia, (DIBBAUG) with their long term partner University of Murcia (Faculty of Biology). The S&T specialist (inno), an international S&T collaboration expert and experienced FP7 coach and trainer for the scientific organisations, will provide methodological, coaching and training support to the project. A coherent development strategy for DIBBAUG will be prepared, based on SWOT analysis and on the socio-economic analysis on Georgian, regional (Caucasus) and European level. A twinning plan will be prepared and it will include joint research plan developed and agreed by the twinned scientific partners. A plan for strengthening of collaboration research links between DIBB and other EU research organisations will be set up and implemented. The objective of this project is to improve the networking capacities of DIBB with research centres in Member States or Associated Countries in view of disseminating scientific information & results of research, and will help to identify new partners with similar scientific interests. It also aims to strengthen cooperation and research capacities of Georgian prominent research centre, DIBB, bringing them at the highest level. This project will include several main types of activities, thus forming a coherent plan for improving the DIBBAUG capacities in a number of fields relevant to the FP7 Thematic Priority Food, Agriculture & Fisheries, and Biotechnologies: Twinning activities Larger-scale networking & brokerage activities Exchange of researchers and young specialists and organisation of joint events Training and coaching activities

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2013-9.1 | Award Amount: 1.29M | Year: 2014

RERAM responds to the societal challenge of CLIMATE CHANGE, RESOURCE EFFICIENCY AND RAW MATERIALS in Europes forestry and woodworking sector. Knowledge, communication and cooperation gaps between research communities and innovation-driven industries significantly hamper progress towards sustainable use of the natural resource FOREST in the woodworking sector. The RERAM project targets the very low resource efficiency rate of the wood processing business in ENP Eastern Countries. The 12 partner consortium builds upon their previous collaboration between forerunner regions in Germany (NRW), Austria (Styria) and Ukraine (Carpathia), and reaches out to complementary R2I actors in neighbouring ENP countries Moldavia and Georgia, and Poland, and further beyond. RERAM will bridge the gaps in the forest and wood sectors research to innovation chain to unlock significant saving potentials of raw materials and wastes in woodworking SMEs, and to seize a major opportunity of improving green production and climate change mitigation in these emerging hotspot forest regions. By raising awareness on gains from higher efficiency, and by offering targeted benchmarking, hands-on best practices, information on best available techniques as well as training and coaching measures to entrepreneurs and intermediaries involved in RTI support, the project will enhance competitive capacities of the regions for future joint actions under Horizon 2020. By means of its dissemination channels and joint activities, RERAM builds interfaces to various existing collaborative actions and platforms, promoting cross-organizational and cross-regional dialogues, distilling complementarities, supporting a stronger intertwining of compatible regions and actors, and aligning mutual R2I strategies for increased resource efficiency, sustainable growth and innovation in the ENP Eastern Countries.

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