ERA-NET for materials research and innovation
Grant Agreement nº 685451
Type: ERA-NET CoFund (European Research Area networks)
Duration: 60 meses (01/03/2016 -28/02/2021)
Status: Ongoing
Coordinator: Oesterreichische Forschungsfoerderungsgellschat Mbh, Austria.

FFG – Austrian Research Promotion Agency (Austria)
VLAIO – Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Belgium)
FNRS – Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium)
SPW – Direction générale opérationnelle Economie, Emploi & Recherche (Belgium)
FAPESP – São Paulo Research Foundation (Brazil)
BNSF – National Science Fund of Bulgaria (Bulgaria)
RIF – Research and Innovation Foundation (Cyprus)
TACR – Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
ETAG – Estonian Research Council (Estonia)
Nouvelle-Aquitaine (France)
BMBF – Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)
JÜLICH – Projektträger Jülich (Germany)
NKFIH – National Research, Development and Innovation Office (Hungary)
RANNIS – Icelandic Centre for Research (Iceland)
SFI – Science Foundation Ireland (Ireland)
MATIMOP – Israeli Industry Centre for R&D (Israel)
MIUR – Ministry of Education, University and Research (Italy)
REGCAL – Calabria Region (Italy)
VIAA – State Education Development Agency (Latvia)
LMT – Research Council of Lithuania (Lithuania)
FNR – National Fund for Research (Luxembourg
M2i – Materials Innovation Institute (Netherlands)
NWO – Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Netherlands)
RCN – Research Council of Norway (Norway)
NCBR – National Centre for Research and Development (Poland)
NCN – National Science Centre (Poland)
FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal)
UEFISCDI – Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (Romania)
FASIE – Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (Russia)
SAS – Slovak Academy of Science (Slovaquia)
MIZS – Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport (Slovenia)
DST – Department of Science and Technology (South Africa)
AEI – State Research Agency (Spain)
IDEA – Agency for Innovation and Development of Andalusia (Spain)
IDEPA – Instituto de Desarrollo Económico del Principado de Asturias (Spain)
Basque Government (Spain)
Innobasque – Basque Innovation Agency (Spain)
ICE – Instituto para la Competitividad Empresarial de Castilla y León (Spain)
fmi+d – Foundation for knowledge MADRIMASD (Spain)
VINNOVA – Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (Sweden)
MOST – Ministry of Science and Technology (Taiwan)
TÜBITAK – Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Turkey)


Aim of the Project:

M.ERA-NET is a network in which 35 funding agencies from 26 countries participate. Supporting and increasing the coordination of European research programs, as well as funding related to science and materials engineering is the objective of this ERA-NET, whose total budget is € 24M. The coordinator of this network is Oesterreichische Forschungsfoerderungsgellschat Mbh (Austria).

The FRCT has a project approved under the 3rd call, with a regional team, in the amount of 100 thousand euros:

ECOPLACKAGING : The development of bio-based antimicrobial packaging polymers is in great demand in order to overcome the huge environmental impact of conventional fossil-based plastic materials and guarantee food protection against physical, chemical, and microbiological effects that is why biobased materials have attracted extensive interest in the packaging field. Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) is the ideal choice to achieve these goals because it is compostable and can be produced from renewable resources, however, pure PLA materials also have some shortcomings, such as poor hydrophilicity, poor mechanical properties and lack of antimicrobial functionality, which limit their range of application. In order to overcome these limitations ECOPLACKAGING aims to develop a fully biodegradable bioplastic composite consisting of a PLA matrix reinforced with: 1) vegetal fibres obtained from plant waste, namely island invasive plant species and 2) low-cost and environmentally-friendly antimicrobial glasses. Responsible regional researcher – Helena Vasconcelos, Faculty of Science and Technology, UAC.

Financial Overview
FRCT Budget
100 000€-100 000€