Impact of the Collaborative Research Programme

The CRP programme aims to stimulate collaborative research in Member States, to facilitate the creation of appropriate research facilities, train young scientists and develop research programmes. Support is available for research projects in many fields of basic science, human healthcare, industrial and agricultural biotechnology, and environmental bioremediation and the call for applications is launched yearly.
Since the Programme's inception in 1988, 463 grants have been awarded for a global financial commitment of almost Euro 19 million. In 2015, 16 new projects have been approved to maintain an equitable geographic and temporal distribution of grants.
The Programme has continued to evolve through the ICGEB-OPS-RELAB CRP Programme (2004), the ICGEB-TWAS Joint Plant Biotechnology Programme (2006) and the ICGEB-TWAS-UNESCO/IBSP Joint Project (2009).
A Return Grant, available to ICGEB Postdoctoral fellows returning to their home countries within three years from the commencement of the fellowship, was launched during the 2004/2005 academic year. The grant aims to ensure that the knowledge and skills acquired at ICGEB are transferred back to the ICGEB Member States through young scientists and by widening the ICGEB network of international collaborations.


The evolution of the Programme in recent years, has seen the introduction of substantial changes aimed at widening the funding opportunities available to ICGEB Member States. In particular, new types of grants have been established in addition to the regular annual Research Grant Programme of the Centre:

1. The ICGEB-OPS-RELAB CRP Programme
(CALL CLOSED), a specific initiative for the Latin American Region jointly implemented together with the Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) and the Red Latinoamericana de Ciencias Biológicas (RELAB), launched in 2003. The First Call of this Programme focused on the Molecular Biology of Viral Diseases, particularly on those of relevance to the Latin American Region (HPV, HIV, Dengue, Rotavirus, and Hantavirus among others). Five projects were awarded an overall ICGEB-OPS-RELAB contribution of over Euro 225,000 and the relevant research activities, officially started in 2004, have been completed in 2008.

2. The ICGEB–TWAS Joint Plant Biotechnology Programme (CALL CLOSED), co-funded with the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), was formally launched in 2006 with the aim to strengthen capacity building in plant biotechnology in countries where this type of activity is poorly represented. Five proposals were awarded a grant for a total ICGEB-TWAS contribution of Euro 240,000.00 and the relevant research activities, officially started in 2007, have been completed in 2010.

3. The ICGEB-TWAS-UNESCO/IBSP Joint Project on Capacity Building in Basic Molecular Biology (CALL CLOSED), co-funded with the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) and UNESCO/IBSP was launched in 2009. The aim has been to create a network of laboratories involved in research on the study of plant and animal pathogens affecting agricultural productivity in developing regions, that could stimulate South-South and North-South co-operation, thus building research capacity in scientifically lagging countries and in the developing world at large. Five proposals have been awarded a grant for a total ICGEB-TWAS-UNESCO/IBSP contribution of Euro 160,000.00 and the relevant research activities, officially started in 2010, have been completed in 2013.

For further information on this programme, contact:
CRP-ICGEB Research Grants Unit, ICGEB, Padriciano 99, 34149 Trieste - Italy
Tel: +39-040-3757382, fax: +39-040-226555, email:

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