Notícia

Be-Basic (Holanda)

samenwerkingsverband BE-Basic en FAPESP

Publicado em 19 junho 2012

São Paulo - Today, the Director of Fapesp, Professor Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, and director of BE-Basic, Professor Luuk van der Wielen, announced the approval of the first four joint research projects of the Brazilian BIOEN and Dutch BE-Basic program. The projects aim to collaborate in the development of bioprocess technology, soil quality assessment, sustainability models, and socio-economic development in the field of biorenewables production from sugar cane and other crops.

In 2010, Fapesp and BE-Basic agreed to join forces and commit jointly at least 6 M US$ in the development of collaborative projects. In late 2011, the first Call for applications was launched on which seven proposals were submitted. After external evaluation, four high quality proposals have now been selected for funding, accumulating to a mutual investment of over 3 M US $. Professor Luuk van der Wielen: “This is a great first step to increased collaboration with a country that has effectively developed a bioeconomy over the last 30 years. Together with the Dutch excellence in technology on novel biorenewable production, this will boost global sustainable development in the field of bioenergy and biochemical production.”

The projects cover the broad scope of both research programs, both in the development of novel routes for second generation biorenewable production as well as investigating soil quality and nutrient recycling through new genomics technology measurements of soil. The sustainability and socio-economic studies aim to inform the best way of implementing new technology in a sustainable way, informing better certificate schemes and policy choices in economic development. A range of 4 joint workshops prepared for the successful joint 1st Call.

Together with the announcement of the winning projects, both directors expect to soon launch the Second Call for Proposals. This Call is anticipated to support even larger thematic programs to be jointly carried out. The Dutch-Brazilian collaboration is built on years of mutual interest and part of the TU Delft and BE-Basic strategy to extend the research and development activities with Brazilian partners. The announcements were made during the NWO and BE-Basic workshop in Sao Paulo, organised to discuss the intended NWO investment of a 3 M Euro program in the TKI Biobased Economy of the Top Sector Chemistry.

The Dutch project leaders include Dr. Maria Cuellar Soares (TU Delft), Dr. Eiko Urya Kuramae (NIOO), Prof. Andre Faaij (Utrecht University) and Dr. Hans van Meijl (LEI, Wagening University).
About Fapesp and BIOEN

São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP – is an independent public foundation with the mission to foster research and the scientific and technological development of the State of São Paulo, founded in 1962. The Foundation has fostered, through its several research funding instruments, a large number of research projects in themes related to Energy and the Environment. Besides advancing fundamental and applied knowledge on Bioenergy, the FAPESP Research Program on Bioenergy - BIOEN - aims at contributing decisively towards the formation of scientific and technical personnel in the field of Bioenergy R&D. Further information at www.fapesp.br.
About BE-Basic

BE-BASIC is a Public Private Consortium in The Netherlands coordinated through Delft University of Technology, and composed of Dutch and international universities, knowledge institutes and companies executing a R&D & Innovation Program exceeding  € 120 mio. The purpose of BE-Basic is to develop the required knowledge and technology to stimulate bio-based ecologically balanced sustainable industrial chemistry. BE-Basic’s partners and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation contribute each half of the BE-Basic budget. Further information at www.be-basic.org .