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Innovation Call 2016 on Bioeconomy

*** The INNO INDIGO Innovation Call in the field of Bioeconomy is now closed ***

The deadline to submit proposals was 31 August 2016. The proposals will now be evaluated.


Type of projects to be funded

Indo-European joint R&D projects designed to lead to innovative products, services or processes of significant economic and/or societal value are eligible for funding. Innovation projects should aim at developing innovative technologies/products/services in the field of bioeconomy of high utilization, with a high market potential and of particular importance for Europe as well as for India.

The joint innovation projects shall also address applied research and technological development implemented in partnership between innovative SMEs and research performing institutions based in India and Europe.

For more information about the thematic focus, see the Call text.

Participating countries

  • India – Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
  • India – Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST)
  • France – Bpifrance Financement (Bpifrance)
  • Germany – AIF Projekt GMBH
  • Norway – Research Council of Norway (RCN)
  • Spain – Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI)

What is the INDIGO Partnership Programme (IPP)?

The aim of the INNO INDIGO Partnership Programme (IPP) is to support high quality research, development and innovation projects involving partners from Europe and India.

The INNO INDIGO calls for proposals target existing contacts to foster collaborations and/or initiate new ones. The objective is to pave the way for long-lasting cooperation between STI organisations from the European Research Area (ERA) and India.

What can be funded?

Within the framework of the IPP S&T Joint call for proposals, research projects with a maximum duration of 3 years will be funded.

Depending on national regulations, the following items can be funded:

  • Research and innovation costs
  • Personnel costs
  • Management, organisational and subcontracting costs
  • Costs related to dissemination, intellectual property, demonstration, market search
  • Mobility

Who can apply?

Applications may be submitted by public and/or private entities which are eligible according to their respective national/regional regulations.

The participation of SMEs, industries and clusters is strongly recommended.

Consortia that wish to apply for funding of a research project within the above mentioned topics, have to consist of at least three partners: two from different European countries participating in the call, and one from India.

Countries participating in the Call are: India, France, Germany, Norway and Spain.

Partners from countries other than those participating in the IPP Innovation Call can join a consortium but have to secure their own funding.

For more information about the eligibility rules, consult the Call text.

Application Process

The application procedure has one stage. Applications are submitted electronically using PT-Outline Web Tool, accessible through the following link:

Call text

Detailed information about the call for proposal’s topic, procedures and eligibility rules is available in the call text.

Where to find support?

To help you understand better the call and prepare your proposal, additional resources are available:

  • Guidelines for applicants including a FAQ and information on how to use the online partnering and submission tools
  • A 5-minute video summarizing the main information you need to know before preparing your proposal
  • Contact points are available to answer all your questions. There contact details are available in the Call text and at the bottom of this webpage.

Webinars (online meeting) will also be organized to provide you with general information about the call and answer all your questions. The first webinar will take place on 17 May. If you wish to attend this webinar, kindly register at the following link:

Where to find partners?

To access the INNO INDIGO dedicated online partnering tool go to and select “IPP3 – Innovation Call on Bioeconomy” in the list of calls. On this web tool, you will be able to publish your profile and project ideas and to consult other Indian and European experts’ profiles.

You can also contact your National Contact Point or the Joint Call Secretariat. They might be able to help with further contacts or more information.

In addition, applicants can also use the following tools:


INNO INDIGO Call secretariat:

Ms. Lucie Durocher



Phone: +

India – IPP National Contact Points:


Dr. Sanjay Kalia

Department of Biotechnology


Phone: +91-11-24363012/+91-9810315260


Dr. Arvind Kumar

Department of Science and Technology


Phone: +911126590272

France – IPP National Contact Point:

Mr. Patrick Cornet

Bpifrance Financement


Phone: +33141798438

Germany – IPP National Contact Point:

Mr. Christian Fichtner

AIF Projekt GmBH


Phone: +4930 48163-590

Norway – IPP National Contact Point:

Ms. Marianne Jensen

Research Council of Norway


Phone: +47 22 03 00 00

Spain – IPP National Contact Point:

Mr. Ricardo Rubianes

CDTI – Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology

Email :

Phone : +34 91 581 5607



This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological
development and demonstration.

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