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BIOPOLIS - Teaming to Upgrade Excellence in Environmental Biology, Ecosystem Research and AgroBiodiversity

BIOPOLIS - Teaming to Upgrade Excellence in Environmental Biology, Ecosystem Research and AgroBiodiversity

The overall and long term goal of BIOPOLIS proposal is to upgrade ICETA-CIBIO (Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources), a Research Unit in the field of biological sciences from a low-performing Member State (Portugal), to a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for R&D&I in Basic and Environmental Biology, Ecosystem Monitoring and AgroBiodiversity, through the TEAMING with Porto Business School (PBS) and the University of Montpellier (UM), an institution of research and innovation excellence from an advanced performing Member State (France). The proposal builds on the rising performance of ICETA-CIBIO over the last decade, which has been significantly boosted by a FP7 CAPACITIES Project funding the installation of a Next-Gen Sequencing Platform, and the award in 2015 of an H2020 ERA Chair. The proposal also builds on a formal working relationship between ICETA-CIBIO and UM established in 2014 through a Laboratoire International Associé (LIA), supported by FCT (Portugal) and CNRS (France). Based on these previous achievements and collaboration experience, ICETA-CIBIO, PBS and UM produced in this TEAMING phase 1 proposal a consistent and streamlined work program to prepare the operational plans for BIOPOLIS, by (i) establishing the communication, dissemination and exploitation strategies; (ii) strengthening relationships with public and private stakeholders; (iii) establishing a research program; (iv) evaluating needs, costs and funding opportunities; and (iv) developing a business plan. The proposal was designed to harness the unique atmosphere of Excellence Towards Innovation existent in the R&D&I ecosystem of Montpellier. This will be used to effectively promote the upgrading of ICETA-CIBIO and foster the development of cutting-edge research, and its downstream applications to propel innovation in agricultural and forestry systems while sustaining ecosystem function and biodiversity under climate change, thereby addressing H2020 societal challenges and contributing to regional and national smart specialization strategies.

Team
Principal Investigator
Nuno Miguel dos Santos Ferrand de Almeida

Nuno Miguel dos Santos Ferrand de Almeida

Position: Full Professor
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Researchers
Albano Gonçalo Beja Pereira

Albano Gonçalo Beja Pereira

Position: Principal Researcher
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Cristina Garcia Perez

Cristina Garcia Perez

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
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David James Alexander Edward Harris

David James Alexander Edward Harris

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
AP
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Herlander Anselmo Queirós Pereira Azevedo

Herlander Anselmo Queirós Pereira Azevedo

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
PLANTBIO
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Miguel Jorge Pinto Carneiro

Miguel Jorge Pinto Carneiro

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
EVOLGEN
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Pedro Beja

Pedro Beja

Position: Associate Director of Operations, Fund Raising and Knowledge Transfer
Groups:
APPLECOL, COMPBIO
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Raquel Godinho

Raquel Godinho

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
ECOGEN
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Rita Covas

Rita Covas

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
SOCIALITY
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Administrative Staff
Rita Araújo

Rita Araújo

Position: Executive Coordinator – Science
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State
Concluded
Proponent Institution
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
Funded by
European Commission
Dates
2017
Participant Institutions
CIBIO-InBIO, Porto Business School., University of Montpellier
Reference
WIDESPREAD-04-2017 TeamingPhase1 Project - Number763853
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