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Innovation Bursaries take bioeconomy researchers to Paris, Prague or Vienna

Press Release   •   Jun 09, 2017 10:17 BST

First wave deadline for applications 26th June

EU-funded bioeconomy researchers could be jetting off to Paris, Prague or Vienna if they are lucky enough to be awarded a CommBeBiz Innovation Bursary.

The Innovation Bursary – which is being offered by EC-funded innovation project, CommBeBiz – provides tailored support and expert knowledge and a range of benefits to help researchers and projects in their research journey to social, commercial and/or policy innovation. Any EU-funded researcher or project working in bioeconomy research (agriculture, marine, forestry, biotechnology and food) can apply and the first deadline for entries is Monday 26th June.

Himanshu Himanshu, whose project ATBEST is developing a Biogas plant feasibility calculator, was awarded an Innovation Bursary in 2015. He said: “CommBeBiz has had a huge impact on my life. Publishing a peer reviewed article is not the end, but just the beginning to bringing your idea to real life. The Academies have been packed full of help and advice, and based in fantastic cities all over Europe. CommBeBiz has changed my track from scientist to Entrepreneurship.”

The CommBeBiz project is a knowledge platform that works with both FP7 and Horizon 2020 EU projects at all stages of their development to enable more effective and speedier transfer of knowledge to the marketplace, to policy-players and for the public good.

Each Innovation Bursary offers a range of benefits and opportunities, including:

  • Support to attend CommBeBiz Academies (Paris, Prague, Vienna)
  • Access to European Business Network (EBN) mentors and coaches at CommBeBiz Academies
  • One-to-one mentor support at events
  • Peer-to-peer networking
  • Exposure to tools and trends regarding the challenges and opportunities of commercial, social and policy innovation
  • Promotion via CBB’s own web platform, publications and social media
  • Connections with journalists writing regularly about Bioeconomy topics across Europe
  • Ability to use the CBB Innovation Bursary logo across all their own media
  • Creation of a CBB Project Brief
  • Organiser of the awards, Marion Perrin, said: “Previous years’ winners have really impressed us with the skills they have taken on from the Innovation Bursary. We are starting to see real success stories and are looking forward to seeing who applies this year.”

    To find out more and to apply for an Innovation Bursary visit

    ENDS/ Contacts & Notes follow

    Media contact: Rhonda Smith at Minerva +44 (0)1264-326427 or +44 (0)7887-714957.


    For further information on the CommBeBiz Innovation Bursaries please contact Marion Perrin, EBN (coordinators of CommBeBiz Innovation Bursaries on behalf of CommBeBiz consortium):

    Editor’s notes:

    1.The call under which CommBeBiz has been successfully funded is H2020-ISIB-2014-1, Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy, part of Societal Challenge 2:

    Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy. The project receives €1.6 million funding and runs from March 2015 to February 2018.

    2.The definition of TRLs within the context of the European Horizon2020 funding programme can be found here

    3.The partners in CommBeBiz are:

    MINERVA Communications UK, 12 Basepoint Innovation Centre, Andover, SP10 3FG, United Kingdom

    Contact: Rhonda Smith, +44 (0) 1264 326427

    TEAGASC, Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland

    Contact: Maeve Henchion +353(0) 1-8059515

    PRACSIS SPRL, Avenue Herrmann Debroux 44, Bruxelles 1160, Belgium

    Contact: Sylvia Schreiber +32-2-6633041

    EBN, Avenue De Tervuren 168, Bruxelles 1150, Belgium

    Contact: Laura Lecci, +32-2-27728900