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Biotechnology and Safety

1 juli 2016
6 december 2016 - 2:00pm
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Biotechnology is a highly dynamic field of research, with new developments occurring at a rapid pace. New DNA base pairs, interdisciplinary collaboration, and targeted changes to the genetic make-up of humans, animals and plants are producing many opportunities for innovation. In this context, it is important that the safety of these future uses and applications of biotechnology remain assured. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment has therefore commissioned the research programme ‘Towards Modernisation of Biotechnology and Safety’. 
The main goal of the programme is to build scientific knowledge concerning the risks and uncertainties associated with state-of-the art and future modern biotechnology developments and applications, as well as to gain knowledge on ways to minimise and control those risks. As research on innovations does not automatically take into account the risks associated with them, the aim of this Programme is to stimulate the integration of risk research into current and future innovations in the field of modern biotechnology. The Programme will generate knowledge that can be used to further refine and develop the risk assessment and risk management system.
Two separate Calls for proposals will be held
Call 1 (now closed): Current Genetic Modification Techniques and Applications in relation to Safety
Call 2 (now closed): New and Future Modern Biotechnology Techniques and Applications in relation to Environmental Safety
Deadline Call 2
Proposals (see format below) need to be submitted before Tuesday 6 December 2016, 14.00 CET. Proposals are to be submitted to STW via the online application system ISAAC. Applications not submitted via ISAAC will not be considered.
Below you can find the documents related to Deadline Call 2: New and Future Modern Biotechnology Techniques and Applications in relation to Environmental Safety
Information & Matchmaking event
To encourage the submission of proposals and formation of required partnerships, an Information & Matchmaking Event was organised on September 15. Part of the introduction to the Programme was provided by Dr. Todd Kuiken (North Carolina State University, USA) through 4 short films on the need for the Programme.
During the lively discussions a list of Frequently Asked Questions was compiled, together with answers. Please find them here.
The three presentations held during the event can be found below:
More information
More information about the programme can be found on the website of RIVM (in Dutch).