- Written by Anna Strom
Bio4Energy today submitted an application for a project under the EU's ERASMUS Mundus Joint Doctorates funding programme, with a view to starting a full-blown graduate school in which doctoral student from eight “core” universities in four European countries would be trained to lead Europe's shift to a greener, bio-based economy.
In addition, 28 associated partners from industry, so-called cluster companies and further universities are part of the project proposal.
“We believe we have a very strong application… and strong partners. We have developed a concept and a constellation that we are very happy with”, said project coordinator Ulrika Rova of the Luleå University of Technology (LTU).
An EMDJ project award would mean that the "core" universities at Luleå and Umeå in northern Sweden, at Padua and Salerno in Italy, at Oulu and Åbo in Finland, and in the Belgian city of Ghent, could take on a leading role in European doctoral-student training that covered the whole of the biorefinery value chain, Rova said.