The Cell Factory
is one of the six Key Actions of the Quality of Life and Management
of Living Resources Programme of the Fifth Framework Programme
for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities
of the European Community (1998-2002). This volume contains
summaries of the 78 research and demonstration projects that
have been selected for funding after the third and last call
for proposals launched in 2000 and having two deadlines in
2001. This volume also covers the other types of projects and
initiatives supported by the Cell Factory, i.e. Accompanying
Measures, Training Fellowships and SME Support Measures. Together
with Volume one this covers the entirety of activities
funded by the Cell Factory in FP5.
The Cell Factory has a budget of €400
million and its objective is to support research activities
that aim at the integration of innovative research and technologies
with their exploitation by industry and/or other socio-economic
entities in the fields of health, environment, agro-industry,
agri-food and high value added chemicals. The Cell Factory
promotes an environment in which scientific results can be
rapidly exploited and transformed into products and processes
of interest to society. This approach is facilitated through
integrating the whole innovation process, from advanced fundamental
research, through technological development to practical demonstration.
The Cell Factory is organised in the following
three priority areas
- Improving the diagnostic and
therapeutic arsenal for health care.
- Improving environmental sustainability.
- New biological and biotechnological
products and processes for agro-industry, agri-food and
high value added chemicals.
Calls for proposals
Researchers and other stakeholders of
Cell Factory were invited to submit proposals for projects
to six deadlines in the years 1999, 2000 and 2001. The successful
projects have started operations from 2000 to 2002 and will
run for up to four years. The latest projects from these deadlines
will finish their operation in the year 2006.
Research proposals were peer-reviewed
in two stages by independent external experts who assessed
the proposals towards five blocks of criteria.
a. Scientific excellence and innovation
b. Quality of the partnership, the management and appropriateness
c. Community added value and contribution
to EU policies
d. Contribution to Community social objectives
developments and S&T prospects.
Over the period of the 5th Framework Programme
204 research and demonstration projects were selected in the
Cell Factory for funding by the European Commission after peer-review
evaluations. Those selected projects were regarded as being
of the highest merit and best addressing the programme objectives.
This selection, which was entirely based on the recommendations
of the independent external evaluators and taking into account
the available budget, received a positive opinion from the
Quality of Life Programme Committee, which is composed of representatives
of all the Member States of the EU and Countries associated
to the programme.
Head of Unit 'Biotechnology
and Applied Genomics'
Directorate Biotechnology, Agriculture
and Food Research
Directorate General for Research