Technology Foundation STW recently issued an open call as part of the Biotechnology and Safety research programme. The ‘New and Future Modern Biotechnology Techniques and Applications in relation to Environmental Safety’ scheme calls upon scientists to make submissions that contribute to the knowledge and the promotion of environmental safety relating to new, modern biotechnology developments.
6 million euro available
A total of 6 million euro is available for research into risks and uncertainties in biotechnological innovations and applications, as well as minimising and managing these innovations and applications. Those interested can register for the information and matchmaking meeting on 15 September. The deadline for submitting research proposals is 6 December 2016.
Knowledge of risks involved in safe innovation
Developments and innovations within biotechnology are moving forward at a breakneck pace. They provide opportunities for tackling societal challenges, for example, those relating to the climate, sustainability, public health and food supply. However, this also presents new and complex issues for people and the environment. If innovation is to go hand-in-hand with safe use, it must keep pace with the accumulation of knowledge regarding risks and uncertainties in biotechnological developments and applications. This is at the heart of the Biotechnology and Safety research programme carried out by STW, commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.