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INTAS’ funding instruments for integration of NIS Food Science/ Biotechnology into the European Research Area EU-Russia Symposium & Brokerage on Biotechnology14-16 March 2005Moscow, RussiaPaul Beckers, Scientific Officer for Life Sciences


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The essence of INTAS

Evolving context

Pre-view of INTAS activities 2005-2006

FP6 Information transfer activities

Conclusions

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The essence of INTAS

Evolving context

Pre-view of INTAS activities 2005-2006

FP6 Information transfer activities

Conclusions

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INTAS

  • INTAS – International Association for the promotion of co-operation with scientists from the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union (NIS)

    Established in 1993 to:

  • preserve the best NIS scientific capabilities

  • foster social & economic progress

  • support international scientific collaboration for mutual benefit


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Members & Partners

25 European Union member states

+

European Community

Bulgaria

Iceland

Israel

Norway

Romania

Switzerland

Turkey

12 Partner Countries

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Belarus

Georgia

Kazakhstan

Kyrgyzstan

Moldova

Russia

Tajikistan

Turkmenistan

Ukraine

Uzbekistan

33 Members


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INTAS Structure

Council of Scientists

Scientific advisory body

NIS & MS

Proposes list of projects to fund

General Assembly

Decision making body MS

Approves list of projects to fund Approves budget

3

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INTAS Secretariat

Executive body

Calls/projects management

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Scientific communities of NIS and INTAS members


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INTAS budget

Major part comes from the European Community (International Cooperation)

2002 - 2006 ~70 M Euro

In kind contributions from members + financial participation from members & NIS in jointly funded projects

2002 – 2006 ~10 M Euro


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INTAS Priorities

  • Search for scientific excellence

  • Cover allscientific areas

  • Include fundamental andapplied research

  • Support internationalscientific collaboration

  • Select proposals on the basis of independent evaluations

  • Allocate min. 75% of the funds to NIS teams

  • Focus on young scientist initiatives

  • Opening the European Research Area to NIS countries ao by increasing participation in FP6 and next FP´s


Intas and fp6 2002 2006

”Cooperation activities with Russia and other NIS countries will be carried out in particular through the INTAS structure set up jointly by the Community and the Member States.”

(Council Decision adopting the specific FP6 programme “Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area”)

INTAS and FP62002-2006


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Agreements

INTAS Agreements on Scientific Cooperation with:

Armenia

Belarus

Georgia

Kazakhstan

Kyrgyzstan

Moldova

Russian Federation: Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Russian Foundation for the Humanities

Tajikistan

Ukraine

Uzbekistan


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Agreements

INTAS Agreements on Scientific Cooperation for:

  • "framework" agreements

  • tax exemptions of INTAS grants

  • duty-free import of INTAS-funded scientific equipment

  • official contact person in ministry / state committee


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The essence of INTAS

Evolving context

Pre-view of INTAS activities 2005-2006

FP6 Information transfer activities

Conclusions

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Evolving context

INTAS defines its new position in a more complex reality:

  • Uneven development in different NIS countries

  • ERA as a key element in European Union

  • Agreements on Co-operation in S&T

  • EU-Russia development of Common Spaces

  • EU Neighbourhood policy


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New tools to develop/ implement the scientific policy

New balance between open and thematic calls

Maintain focus on young scientists

More focus on innovation and technology transfer

Co-funding and co-operation partnerships

Industry

INTAS new focus


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Planned activities

  • Development of INTAS scientific policy tools: scientific policy workshops, kick-off meetings

  • Calls for proposalsfor research projects and networks: open calls, thematic & jointly funded calls

  • Pre-/Post PhD Fellowshipsfor young NIS scientists

  • Accompanying Measures : Summer Schools, Infrastructure Actions, Conference grants

  • Innovation Grants : dissemination and exploitation of research results

  • ININ(INTAS FP6 NIS Information Network): Promotion of NIS participation in FP6 & ERA

    All presented activities are subject to approval by the INTAS General Assembly


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The essence of INTAS

Evolving context

Pre-view of INTAS activities 2005-2006

FP6 Information transfer activities

Conclusions

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1.Development of INTAS scientific policy tools:

Scientific policy workshops to

- Identify priorities, trends and needs

Refine scope of calls for proposals

Kick-off meetings after launching a call

Organised by INTAS steering committees based on an annual list approved by the Council of Scientists

Envisaged calls


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2. Calls for proposalsfor research projects and networks:

Open call 2005 for scientific excellence

Two stage procedure;1. Pre-proposal containing consortium, summary of objectives and research programmeOpen April <->Close Mid June (to be confirmed)2. Full proposal containing detailed tasks, cost tableOpen September <-> Close January (to be confirmed)

Maximum 150,000 € per project

Envisaged calls


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2. Calls for proposalsfor research projects and networks:

Thematic callGenomics and proteomics research for health (including food and environmental impact)

Two stage procedure;1. Pre-proposal containing consortium, summary of objectives and research programmeOpen April <->Close Mid June (to be confirmed)2. Full proposal containing detailed background, tasks, cost tableOpen September <-> Close January (to be confirmed)

Maximum 150,000 € per project

Envisaged calls


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Thematic callGenomics and proteomics research for health (including impact of food and environment)

Focus on

- molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases (Tuberculosis, AIDS) and cancer

- genetic background of an individuals` immunological response to them

- integration and updating annotation of genomics/ proteomics data

Envisaged calls


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3. Pre-/Post PhD Fellowshipsfor young NIS scientists

PhD fellowships

Postdoc fellowships

2 years

2 years, 2 visits (4-8 months)

Duration

2 years, 2 visits (6-12 months)

Funding

Funding

Monthly allowances according to local standards plus travel

Working towards PhD & Continue for 2 years from Beginning of fellowship

Be in full time research position at NIS organisation during the fellowship

Eligibility

Envisaged calls

Objective:incentives for young NIS scientists to pursue a career in NIS science,networking with European institutes, complementarity with FP mobility programme.


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3. Collaborative YSF calls

Envisaged calls

Objective: establishing a reliable and flexible framework for co-funding with European national and international entities and collaboration with national governmental structures from the NIS.

Open or Thematic focus: to be determined with co-funding partner


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4. Accompanying measures- Summer school support; core-list & case by case- Conference grants for:individual NIS scientistssupport for organisation- Infrastructure support on a case by case basis (initiatives like E-library)

Envisaged calls


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5. Innovation grants

Objective

Promote further development, utilisation and marketing of INTAS research results (significant economic &/or social value)

Envisaged calls

Minimum partnership

2 contractors 

1 from the NIS (individual or private/public organisation)

1 from INTAS members (private or public organisation)

Involve at least 1 participant of original project

Funding

25 000 € per innovation grant

not more than 25% of total to all contractors of INTAS members


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INTAS Calls 2005

in short

Subject to the availability of funds

  • Thematic Call on Genomics and Proteomics for health 1,5 M €

  • Thematic Call on Sustainable Energy Systems 1,5 M €

  • Open Call 12 M €

  • Collaborative Call with CERNTo be confirmed

  • Collaborative Call with MoldovaTo be confirmed

  • Collaborative Call with GeorgiaTo be confirmed

LaunchingApril/May 05

DeadlineSeptember 2005

Expected resultsDecember 05

Expected earliest startMarch 06


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INTAS Calls 2005

INTAS Young Scientist Fellowships 2,5 M €

INTAS Innovation Grants500,000 €

Expected launchingMay 05

Expected DeadlineSeptember 05

Expected resultsDecember 05

Expected earliest startMarch 06

INTAS Accompanying Measures

Summer schools300,000 €

Conference grantsto be determined

Infrastructure Actions to be determined


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The essence of INTAS

Evolving context

Pre-view of INTAS activities 2005-2006

FP6 Information transfer activities (ININ)

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 INTAS FP6 NIS Information Network

ININ

Established to promote the involvement of NIS scientific communities in European Research Area (ERA), and their participation in Sixth Framework Programme for Research & Technology(FP6)


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INTAS Contacts in NIS

  • Help provided to scientific communities in the NIS

  • About INTAS through the INTAS Information Desks (Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Russia)

  • complete list and contact details on www.intas.be in “Links”

  • About FP6 and European Programmes through the INTAS National Information Points / National Contact Points

  • (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan)

  • complete list and contact details on www.intas.be in “ININ”


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 ININ Concept

ININ

Activities

  • Information dissemination & networking

  • Scientific community-targeted activities / events

  • Support to NIS FP6 NIS National Information Points (NIP)/ National Contact Points (NCP)


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 ININ Information dissemination

ININ

  • POISK FP6 series (11 articles ’03, 12 articles ’04)

  • Regular mailings

  • INTAS Website


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 National Information Points (NIPs)

ININ

Typical tasks: modelled on the NCPs

  • Information & awareness raising about ERA, FP6 & international S&T co-operation

  • Advice, assistance & training

  • “Signposting” (feed-back & reporting)

  • Monitoring of domestic research communities


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 National Information Points (NIP/ NCP)

ININ

Status

  • NIP structures appointed in 10 NIS

  • NIP coordinators information & training workshops (meetings with FP6 officials & NCPs, spring ‘03)

  • NIP concept papers (long term objectives & strategy)

  • Agreements for ININ support to NIPs (Sept. 2003 – Feb. 2005)

  • NIP capacity-building training courses (March-April ’04)


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 ININ next steps

ININ

  • More scientific community-targeted activities:

  • Brokerage events scheme

  • Reflection on other partner search support activities

  • Increased cooperation with INTAS members & international organisations


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 Brokerage event on S&T collaboration in Food/Biotech, March 2005, Moscow

ININ

  • More scientific community-targeted activities:

  • Matching EU and NIS scientists with common interests

  • Providing tailor made information about funding schemes

  • Establish and maintain partnering catalog for follow up


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The essence of INTAS

Review of INTAS 1992-2003

Pre-view of INTAS activities 2005-2006

FP6 Information transfer activities

Conclusions

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Conclusions

INTAS can offer more than 10 years of experience in funding EU-NIS collaborative science

INTAS defines new funding instruments/ structures for integrating NIS scientists into FP/ERA

Established structure of NIP/ NCPs facilitates EU-NIS partnering

INTAS is looking for partnerships in collaborative and co-funded actions

Conclusions


Intas contact

For Life Sciences:

[email protected]

In general:

[email protected]

INTAS Contact


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 Scope

Food Call 2000

  • Production, processing and distribution of food.

  • Environmental impact of food production, processing and distribution.

  • Improvements in human and animal health as a result of plant and animal breeding, dietary changes, reduced toxicity, quality control, food safety, etc.

  • Social and economic consequences of changes in food production, processing and distribution.


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 Facts and Figures

Food Call 2000

  • Budget 1.2 M€

  • 16 Projects

  • 80 Teams

  • 22 Countries (3UZ; 6UK; 11UA; 2SE; 25RU; 2NL; 2MD; 3KZ; 4IT; 1IL; 1IE; 2GR; 3GE; 1FR; 1FI; 2ES; 1DK; 4DE; 1CH; 1BY; 3AT; 2AM)


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Food Call 2000


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Highlights

Food Call 2000

003-0471 Bases for a rational control of foodborne listeriosis: a paneuropean initiative

Teams:

University of Leon, Spain

Veterinary School, University of Bristol, UK

All Russia Meat Institute, Moscow, Russia

Gamalleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Moscow, Russia

Research Institute of Veterinary Virology and Microbiology, Pokrov, Russia

Institute for Milk Hygiene, Milk Technology and Food Science, Vienna, Austria

Duration: 01-10-2001 till 30-09-2005


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Food Call 2000

  • Bases for a rational control of foodborne listeriosis: a paneuropean initiative

  • Objectives:

  • Elaboration of rapid methods for the detection and typing of Listeria monocytogenes strains present in the food chain, from the farm to the ready-to-eat food.

  • Investigation of Listeria monocytogenessurvival, growth and virulence in environmental models, simulating natural habitants like soil, food and animal tissues;

  • Comparative epidemiological analysis of clinical and food-borne isolates of L. monocytogenes from all around Europe to get insight into the relationships between epidemiological, physiological and virulent characteristics of the strains;

  • Study of the genetic and physiological bases of listerial survival, growth and virulence expression under specific stress conditions observed in food models.


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Highlights

Food Call 2000

  • Bases for a rational control of foodborne listeriosis: a paneuropean initiative

  • Outcome (so far):

  • RFLP analysis supports hypothesis of three phylogenetic lineages of L. monocytogenes

  • New method to differentiateL. monocytogenes from non-pathogenic Listeria spp. based on lecithinase activity on charcoal-supplemented agar media

  • Establishment of the State Standard of the Russian Federation for methods of detection of Listeria monocytogenes in food products

  • 1 Patent (Russian Federation N2196827; adopted 20-01-2003)

  • 3 joint papers in international journals; 5 in national journals; 1 thesis


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Food Call 2000

Bases for a rational control of foodborne listeriosis: a paneuropean initiative

Outcome (so far):

Figs. Rapid method of identification of L. monocytogenes food isolates based on the induction of lecithinase in charcoal-supplemented egg yolk medium. (From: Ermolaeva et al. 2003, Int. J. Food Microbiol. 82:87-94; Ermolaeva et al. 2004. Mol. Microbiol. 52:601-611.)


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Food Call 2000

003-0727 Prevention of food spoilage by suppression of phenoloxidase, peroxidase and growth of pathogenic microflora by use of natural inhibitors of plant origin

Teams:

University of Murcia, Spain

John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

Kazan Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Kazan, Russia

Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology and Virology, Tblisi, Georgia

Georgian State Subtropical Institute, Kutaisi, Georgia

Durmishidze Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Tblisi, Georgia

Duration: 01-07-2001 till 31-05-2004


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Food Call 2000

  • Prevention of food spoilage by suppression of phenoloxidase, peroxidase and growth of pathogenic microflora by use of natural inhibitors of plant origin

  • Objectives:

  • to obtain and characterize highly active inhibitors of phenoloxidases and peroxidases isolated from different plants

  • to determine the mechanism of inhibition of plant phenoloxidases and peroxidases by natural inhibitors of plant origin

  • to determine the antibacterial activity of isolated biologically active substances towards different groups of food spoilage microorganisms and pathogenic bacteria

  • to determine the effect of compounds of plant origin on the energy exchange of plants

  • to investigate the effect of plant inhibitory preparations on the generation of superoxide radicals and the activity of ascorbate oxidase in model plant cells

  • to prevent spoilage, extend shelf life and preserve the nutritional value of food products using natural inhibitors of plant origin.


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Food Call 2000

  • Outcome (so far):

  • Several phenoloxidases and peroxidases from different plant sources have been isolated and characterized.

  • Purification protocols for natural inhibitors from tea (Cameliia sinenisis L) leaves and pomegranate (Punica granatum) peel have been developed.

  • New, improved types of the beer and butter with longer shelf lives and increased nutritional value have been produced by adding these natural inhibitors and green / black tea extracts to the currently marketed products.

  • The data demonstrated that natural plant inhibitors can be used for the prevention of bacterial spoilage and contamination of food products while maintaining a viable, high level of beneficial microflora.

  • First evidence that the prophylactic effect of green tea drinking on certain forms of cancer, suggested by epidemiological studies, is due to the inhibition of dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) by (-)-epigallocatechin gallate EGCG.

  • 11 papers in international journals (5 jointly; 2 in press; 4 submitted); 3 in national journals; 1 publication in a book; 4 abstracts in proceedings; 1 patent


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Food Call 2000

003-0876 New biotechnologies for production of food grade lactic acid from raw starchy material

Teams:

Technical University of Hamburg- Harburg, Germany

Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands

Republican Centre for Deposition of Microorganisms, National Academy of Science, Armenia

St. Petersburg State Technological Institute (technical University), Russia

Institute of Microbiology, National Academy of Science, Minsk, Belarus

Duration: 01-08-2001 till 31-07-2003


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Food Call 2000

New biotechnologies for production of food grade lactic acid from raw starchy material

Objectives:

To develop and evaluate the biotechnological potential of the use of amylolytic lactobacteria, particularly Streptococcus bovis, possessing amylolytic activity, for food grade lactic acid production from raw starch and starchy materials


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Food Call 2000

  • New biotechnologies for production of food grade lactic acid from raw starchy materialOutcome (so far):

  • A culture collection of efficient amylolytic lactobacteria with databases has been established.

  • The different methods for maintenance and long-term conservation of four strains of S. bovis have shown the efficiency of application of liquid nitrogen and freeze-dried lyophilization with certain polysaccharides.

  • Economic indices of production of food grade lactic acid by the use of S. bovis exceed those of actually existing microbiological production

  • Technique for production of lactate based polymeric films was developed

  • Very important advantage for large-scale implementation of S. bovis is the possibility to use raw starch as a starting material, particularly starchy wastes in many productions.

  • 3 papers in international journals (2 jointly published); 8 in national journals (3 jointly); 14 abstracts in proceedings; 2 patents


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