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InSilico4OCReg – Computational Models Optimizing In Vitro Biophysical Stimulation Protocols for Osteochondral Regeneration

InSilico4OCReg – Computational Models Optimizing In Vitro Biophysical Stimulation Protocols for Osteochondral Regeneration | iBB | Scoop.it

The research project “InSilico4OCReg - In silico models guiding in vitro biophysical stimulation of biomimetic hierarchical scaffolds: a computational modelling approach towards functional osteochondral regeneration” was recommended for funding by FCT (250,000 euros in the 2021 Call for SR&TD Project Grants). The project started in January 2022 and aims to develop an innovative combined in silico modelling-in vitro experimental system which, inspired by the properties of the native osteochondral tissue, will be able to optimize tissue engineering strategies towards the production of implants with improved functionality and mechanical properties. The multidisciplinary team of InSilico4OCReg includes researchers from iBB, CDRSP-Politécnico de Leiria, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY-USA), and an orthopedic surgeon (Hospital dos Lusíadas). The project, which falls within the scientific area of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Systems, is headed by João Carlos Silva (PI, SCERG-iBB) and Prof. Paula Pascoal-Faria (co-PI, CDRSP-Politécnico de Leiria).

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Grant Awarded to iBB for the Smart Valorization of Macroalgae

Grant Awarded to iBB for the Smart Valorization of Macroalgae | iBB | Scoop.it

The project "Smart Seaweed: Smart Valorization of Macroalgae" has just been awarded with 178 k€ by Fundo Azul  Smart Seaweed aims at (i) the development of new products of biotechnological origin such as fermented seaweed, bioplastics and ectoines from marine resources, i.e. macroalgae and marine bacteria and (ii) the utilization of by-products of the sea industries, namely Gelidium sesquipedale residues after agar-agar extraction. The project is headed by Teresa Cesário from BERG-iBB and involves two industrial partners (IBERAGAR and SPAROS) and one public Institute (IPIMAR). The proposal was submitted to the Blue Biotechnology call 5/2017 of Fundo Azul (Ministery of the Sea).

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Lactic Acid Bacterial Factories

Lactic Acid Bacterial Factories | iBB | Scoop.it

The project "LactoSynt: Lactic Acid Bacteria as Cell Factories: a Synthetic Biology Approach for Plasmid DNA and Recombinant Protein Production" has been recommended for funding by FCT (2017 Call for SR&TD Project Grants). The goal of LactoSynt is to engineer lactic acid bacteria and plasmid vectors in order to develop a flexible platform for biomolecule production. Applications in the pharmaceutical field (DNA vaccines, recombinant proteins) are envisaged. The project, which falls within the scientific area of Medical Biotechnology, is headed by Gabriel Monteiro from BERG-iBB and Leonilde Moreira from BSRG-iBB.

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iBB Awards Twelve Ignition Grants in the 2016 Call 

iBB Awards Twelve Ignition Grants in the 2016 Call  | iBB | Scoop.it
As a result of the second call for internal ignition grants, iBB has approved 5 internal collaboration projects and 7 international partnerships, which span the four thematic areas of the strategic plan of iBB: Stem Cell Bioengineering, Advanced Bioprocessing, Post-Genomic Technologies and Environmental Challenges. The projects have the duration of 18 months and are funded with16 k€. With this second round, the total of ignition grants awarded by iBB increases to 24. The internal funding of research projects aligned with the objectives of the thematic lines is one of the key steps for the implementation of iBB's Strategic Program for 2015-2020.
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iBB Awards Twelve Ignition Grants

iBB Awards Twelve Ignition Grants | iBB | Scoop.it

As a result of the first call for internal ignition grants, iBB has approved 4 internal collaboration projects and 8 international partnerships, which span the four thematic areas of the strategic plan of iBB: Stem Cell Bioengineering, Advanced Bioprocessing, Post-Genomic Technologies and Environmental Challenges. The projects have the duration of 18 months and are funded with12 k€ to 24 k€. The PIs will have the opportunity to give a short presentation of their projects in the iBB meeting which will be held on the 8th September 2015 (2 to 5 pm, Amphitheater 02.2, Torre Sul, Alameda campus). 


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Searching the Ocean for New Biotechnology Resources

Searching the Ocean for New Biotechnology Resources | iBB | Scoop.it

BERG-iBB researchers have just started their participation in the Project INMARE (Industrial Applications of Marine Enzymes: Innovative screening and expression platforms to discover and use the functional protein diversity from the sea”), a new international consortium of more than 20 partners from academia and industry from 12 countries, including leading multinational industrial partners, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Program. The project will mine for and use newly discovered microbial enzymes and metabolites, in particular for the targeted production of fine chemicals, environmental clean-up technologies and anti-cancer drugs.

 

The IST team, led by Prof. Joaquim Sampaio Cabral and Dr. Carla de Carvalho, will develop reactors and integrated processes to assess and improve biocatalysts under both natural and simulated process conditions. Since the majority of microbes from extreme environments cannot be cultured under standard lab conditions, the team will also propose new techniques and growth conditions to cultivate such microorganisms.

Miguel Prazeres's insight:

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Portugal2020 - Candidaturas Abertas

Portugal2020 - Candidaturas Abertas | iBB | Scoop.it

Portugal 2020 é o ACORDO DE PARCERIA adotado entre Portugal e a Comissão Europeia que reúne a atuação dos 5 Fundos Europeus Estruturais e de Investimento - FEDER, Fundo de Coesão, FSE, FEADER e FEAMP - no qual se definem os princípios de programação que consagram a política de desenvolvimento económico, social e territorial para promover, em Portugal, entre 2014 e 2020.

Miguel Prazeres's insight:

Abriram candidaturas a vários tipos de incentivos enquadrados no programa Portugal2020. Embora na sua maioria sejam direccionados para empresas, existem possibilidades de integrar projetos em co-promoção. Clicar na imagem para seguir link respectivo.

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NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme

NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme | iBB | Scoop.it

"The NATO Science Programme for Peace and Security (SPS) is an important contributor  to the reinforcement of Euro-Atlantic efforts in international security, enhancing scientific and technological research and promoting international cooperation between NATO Member States and Allies.

The SPS Programme funds R&D multi-annual projects, specialised training sessions, and the organisation of workshops involving the scientific communities of Member States and, at least, one Allied Country. Projects can be funded with between 200 and 300 K€. Purchase of equipment is eligible."

Miguel Prazeres's insight:

A one-day long session on the SPS programme will take place on monday, the 20th of October at IST (starting a 10:00 am). Click on photo to learn more.

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FLAD Life Science 2020

FLAD Life Science 2020 | iBB | Scoop.it

 "The Fundação Luso-Americana is launching a scientific award in the total amount of  800 thousand euros, for 3-4 years, to sponsor two structuring projects in science and technology."

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FCT Fellowships and Grants to Open by End July 2014

FCT Fellowships and Grants to Open by End July 2014 | iBB | Scoop.it

"01.07.14 - The 2014 call for PhD Studentships, PhD Studentships in Industry and Post-doctoral Fellowships will open at the end of July. The call for applications will run to the end of September 2014."

Miguel Prazeres's insight:

Call for PhD and Post-Doc grants will open soon!

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iBB Awarded with Grant to Explore Therapeutic Strategies for Angelman Syndrome

iBB Awarded with Grant to Explore Therapeutic Strategies for Angelman Syndrome | iBB | Scoop.it

Evguenia Bekman and Tiago Fernandes from SCERG-iBB together with Simão Teixeira da Rocha from IMM-FMUL have been awarded by the Amélia de Mello Foundation (FAM) with the Pedro Maria José de Mello Costa Duarte Scholarship to carry out the project “Exploring new therapeutic strategies for Angelman syndrome: A disease modeling approach based on 3D cerebellar organoids derived from patient iPSCs”. The Angelman Syndrome is a genetic-neurological disease discovered in the 60s of the last century by the English pediatrician Harry Angelman, which is estimated to affect 1 in every 15,000 live births and which is characterized by developmental delay, difficulty in speech, sleep disorders, convulsions, disconnected movements and a frequent smile.

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Sofia Duarte Joins LactoSynt Team as Research Scientist

Sofia Duarte Joins LactoSynt Team as Research Scientist | iBB | Scoop.it

Sofia Duarte has joined the team of the FCT-funded project "LactoSynt: Lactic Acid Bacteria as Cell Factories: a Synthetic Biology Approach for Plasmid DNA and Recombinant Protein Production". During the next three years Sofia will be responsible for engineering lactic acid bacteria and plasmid vectors with the goal of developing a flexible platform for biomolecule production. The project is a joint collaboration between iBB groups BERG (Gabriel Monteiro) and BSRG (Leonilde Moreira).

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ERANET Grant Funds iBB Research on Yeast Bioconversion of Sugar Beet Pulp

ERANET Grant Funds iBB Research on Yeast Bioconversion of Sugar Beet Pulp | iBB | Scoop.it
A team of researchers from BSRG-iBB led by Isabel Sá-Correia has just been awarded with an EraNet-Industrial Biotechnology grant to fund the multilateral research project "YEASTPEC-Engineering of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae for bioconversion of pectin-containing agro-industrial side-streams". The proposal aims at the development of a robust S. cerevisiae strain for the production of bioethanol and possibly value added green chemicals from sugar beet pulp, thereby addressing the long standing issue of using pectin remnants in waste material. Apart from iBB, the consortium includes research groups from Jacobs University Bremen, the Technical University of München, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and the company GlobalYeast.

Photo: Beets (Beta vulgaris) by Frank Schulenburg (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
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BERG-iBB Project Moves to the 2nd Step of the Evaluation of Consolidator Grants

BERG-iBB Project Moves to the 2nd Step of the Evaluation of Consolidator Grants | iBB | Scoop.it

Ana Margarida Azevedo from BERG-iBB has moved to the second step of the evaluation of Consolidator Grants of the European Research Council with a project entitled “PureMAb: Addressing the Manufacturing Challenges Faced by the Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibodies Market”. In many cases, monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are the only treatment option for patients with life-threatening diseases such as cancer. Unfortunately, mAbs are the most expensive drugs in the world. The project aims to decrease the manufacturing costs of mAbs by exploring alternative purification methodologies such as multimodal chromatography. A microfluidic platform is developed to accelerate the screening of ligands and binding/elution conditions.

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iBB Launches Ignition Grants to Foster Internal and International Collaboration

iBB Launches Ignition Grants to Foster Internal and International Collaboration | iBB | Scoop.it

iBB has launched a call for internal, ignition grants, with the aim of promoting  pilot research projects.  The projects should be aligned with at least one of the four thematic research lines identified in the 2015-2020 strategic plan of iBB: Stem Cell Bioengineering, Advanced Bioprocessing, Post-Genomic Technologies and Enviornmental Challenges. These projects should be designed to foster i) internal colaboration between BERG and BSRG and ii) the international and industrial partnerships. The proposals will be evaluated by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of iBB. The call closes on May 31st. Contact iBB secretariat to learn more (bb@ibb.pt). 

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FCT Call for Individual Grants 2015 is Open

FCT Call for Individual Grants 2015 is Open | iBB | Scoop.it

FCT will be accepting PhD and Post doctoral applications for fellowships until the 11th May 2015. Click on title to learn more

Miguel Prazeres's insight:

Excellent opportunity to obtain individual PhD grants independently of  FCT doctoral programmes.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: New Interventions for Global Health

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: New Interventions for Global Health | iBB | Scoop.it

"The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is launching a new Grand Challenge: New Interventions for Global Health. This challenge focuses on innovative concepts for vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics with the potential to be translated into safe, effective, affordable, and widely utilized interventions to protect against the acquisition, progression, or transmission of infectious diseases, or to provide a cure for infectious diseases, in resource‐limited settings."

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FCT Grants Data Can be Added to ORCID Profiles

FCT Grants Data Can be Added to ORCID Profiles | iBB | Scoop.it

"Grants and other funding awards are an important component of a researcher’s output, so being able to add these to an ORCID record is valuable to researchers. However, manually adding grant data is cumbersome and was proving ineffective in generating high quality data, both in the ORCID and in the national repository. FCT andÜberResearch worked together to solve this challenge, by integrating the data of FCT grants awarded since 2000 into the shared global ÜberResearch grants database. Researchers are now able to add their FCT grants to their ORCID profile, with just a few clicks."

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FCT Call for Individual Grants 2014 is Open

FCT Call for Individual Grants 2014 is Open | iBB | Scoop.it

"FCT will be accepting PhD and Post doctoral applications for fellowships until the 30th September 2014. Click on title to learn more."

Miguel Prazeres's insight:

"Excellent opportunity to obtain individual PhD grants independently of  FCT doctoral programmes."

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