Participating countries

The consortium of EuroTransBio consists of organizations from 7 European countries and regions:


Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth (BMWFJ)

In the general framework of the innovation process the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth (BMWFJ) fulfills its role in providing a stimulating and regulatory function. A new framework for industrial policy relies on direct as well as on indirect policy measures to strengthen the competitiveness of Austrian companies, especially SME’s. The technology policy areas covered by the BMWFJ comprise technology and innovation in industry, economic and structural policy, and technical-economic research, among others. The ministry also nationally covers the entire area of Life Sciences in industry, and supplies a link between investment incentives and research promotion. The Department of Economic policy, Technology and Innovation currently deploys a wide range of fully operational programmes, measures and initiatives in order to create and improve an innovative environment for the Austrian economy in a target-oriented way.


The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is Austria’s most important source of financing applied research and development projects. Within the scope of its legal brief the FFG pursues inter alia the objectives of promotion and financing of industrial research and innovation, the implementation of the Austrian governments technology policy and the stimulation of joint national and international research. The agency, established in 2004, is an independent legal entity. Funding of biotechnology, with an annual budget of approximately 30 M€, is part of the general programmes.


National contact:
Barbara braun (FFG)
tel +43 5 7755-1209

Belgium (Flanders)


The Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT) is a governmental agency established by the Flemish Government in 1991. Since innovation policy is a regional matter in Belgium, IWT-Flanders is the key organization for support and promotion of R&D and innovation in Flanders. The total funding of IWT-Flanders amounts to 250 million euro in 2010. IWT is both a programme owner (in close co-operation with the Flemish Minister of Innovation) and a programme manager (selection and follow-up of research and innovation projects).


National contact:
Kirezi Kanobana (VLAIO)
tel. +32 (2) 432 42 11



Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes)

Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, is the main financing organization for academic applied research and industrial R&D in Finland. Tekes operates under the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, with a yearly budget of approximately 500 M€. Tekes boosts the development of Finnish industry and the service sector by technological means and through innovation. This will renew the economy and increase added-value, productivity and exports, thereby creating employment and enhancing well-being. Tekes primary objective is to promote the competitiveness of the Finnish industry and the service sector by technological means.


National contact:
Raimo Pakkanen (Tekes)
tel +358 295 055 829 or +358 50 557 7829

France - Grand Est (Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine)

Grand Est Region

The Directorate for Innovation, Research and Higher Education from the Grand Est Region is the unit in charge of supporting high education, research and innovation (triple helix). It is responsible for the strategic basis of the research & innovation policy in Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine.

It is one of the key bodies for the regional authority to develope new axis of its innovation strategy:

  • To place innovation at the heart of regional policies,
  • To foster business creation and the creation of new activities,
  • To reinforce openness to international cooperation.

The Grand Est Region supports the rapprochment between business and public research and fosters the emergence or reinforcement of clusters of competence structured around a number of networked areas of excellence combining training, research and industry.


National contact:
Achim Mayer (Grand Est Region)
tel +33 3 87 336 214


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

By means of special funding programmes, which are based on public competitive calls and peer-review evaluations, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research - as a part of the federal government - is supporting innovative projects in various research sectors; e.g. in basic sciences, sustainable development, information and communications technologies, life sciences, chemistry and materials science, transport or space research.


Research Centre Juelich Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (FZJ)

PTJ is a German research agency ("Projektträger") within the Research Centre Juelich (FZJ), which under-takes the management of R&D and innovation programmes of various contractors representing the national government; mainly the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Additionally, PTJ is working on behalf of the regional governments of some federal states ("Bundesländer").


National contact:
Tatiana Gruender (PtJ)
tel +49 2461 61 96432

Italy *

Ministry of Economic Development (MSE)

The Ministry of Economic Development (MSE – Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico) is responsible for a wide variety of policies, including economic development and cohesion, energy and mineral resources, telecommunications, internationalisation and business incentives. MSE is involved in ETB through the participation of the Direction General for Support to Enterprises (DGIAI) belonging to the Department for Development and Economic Cohesion (DPS).


National contacts:
Valentina Milazzo (MSE)
tel +39 06 549 27 928

Vanda Ridolfi (MSE)
tel +39 06 549 27 728


Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE)


National contacts:
Olga Levchenko (FASIE)
tel +7 495 231 38 51 

 * Italy will not participate in the 13th ETB call.