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[Interreg Next Med] Biostimulants for Mediterranean plants. French University searches for a SME working in the field of biostimulants to complete the consortium.


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Profile Type
Research & Development Request
POD Reference
Term of Validity
25 March 2024 - 25 March 2025
Company's Country
Type of partnership
Research and development cooperation agreement
Targeted Countries
All countries
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General information

Short Summary
Climate change is leading to an increase in the frequency, intensity and duration of stress episodes. This is threatening the survival of plants, ecosystems and performance of crops, thus endangering fauna and flora, agricultural market and the whole retail ecosystem. The challenge is particularly marked for plants and crops in the Mediterranean area.
This project proposes to develop biostimulant-based tools and strategies for stimulating the resilience of Mediterranean plants and crops.
Full Description
Currently, the BIOSTRESS project’s consortium is composed by partners from Spain, Italy, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and of course France. Our partners are local authorities and researches centers from Universities. Now, we would like to include a SME to add more practical and concrete inputs in the project. We would like to diversify the partnership both concerning the field of competences and concerning the geographical origin. We are not focused on the size of the SME that will join the project : it could be a very small company (less than 10 employees), or bigger (until 249 employees). The most important criteria is that the partner should have an experience in the field of biostimulants to be able to add value to the project. Our idea of the experience is very large. This experience can be using biostimulants, selling these products, innovating in the field of biostimulants and adapt agriculture to new soils conditions (linked to drought and salinity). An experience in EU projects would be appreciated, without being compulsory.

We believe that building a strong, multicultural and diversified consortium is a sine qua none condition for a successfull project, implemented according to the quality required and reaching the set objectives.
The SME that will join the consortium will be fully involved in the writing of the proposal. It will be in charge of several activities in the project (in accordance with the partner and the rest of the consortium), taking into account its field of expertise. It will receive a budget to fund 89% of its activities in the project. As a consequence, it is required from the partner to be able to a provide a co-financing up to 11% (it could be human ressources).
Advantages and Innovations
The expected benefits/results of the project are :
– Crops and plants endowed with improved survival, growth and performance rates
– Training people to improve their way of farming
– Making policy makers more aware of this techcnic and supporting them to take decisions that go in the direction of the use of biostimulants
– Boosting the biostimulants’ sector in the Mediterranean region

The leader of the project is a researcher who discovered the technology of UV-C flash. He applied for and get a patent to commercialize a machin that is using the UV-C technology to better protect the plants and crops. In this project, we would like to study the effects of the combination of biostimulants to improve the answer of the plants to this solution. This innovation could lead to boost the biostimulants’ sector in the Mediterranean region, which would be an advantage for the consortium and especially for the SME that will be joining the project.
The partners will also benefit from the experience of the partners and will get an opportunity to enlarge their network all over Europe and beyond.
Stage of Development
Under development
Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 13: Climate Action
IPR description
The SME that will join the consortium will be fully involved in the implementation of the project, its differents WPs and activities. As a consequence, he should have an experience in the field of the project. This project aims to improve the farming in stressing conditions : salinity, drought, low and high temperatures.
Different types of SMEs can be relevant for this project but some characteristics are common to all. First, according to the Interreg Next Med rules, it must have been established for at least two years. Also, to ensure the relevance, quality and success of the Biostress project, the SME should have a deep and proved interest in fighting global warming and its consequences, especially on plants and crops. The partner who will join the project will be an expert in his field.
Another important criteria is the strong territorial base. Indeed, the local impact of a project is at the heart of the Interreg Nex Med program and this begins with partners invested in their local areas. All partners of the project must justified of an important activity in the area of the future implementation of the Biostress project.
It would be much appreciated if the SME had already had an experience in EU projects, but this condition is not compulsory if all others are completed.

Three differents SMEs’ profiles have been identified as relevant to join the project (keeping in mind that only one SME will be added to the consortium) :
– SMEs specialized in commercialization of biostimulants : this kind of SME could bring its expertise on the biostimulant’s market opportunities in their areas. Those companies know what agriculture and agricultural actors need in their regions. We expect from a SME specialized in commercialization of biostimulants a deep understanding of the market in their area (and beyond) and agricultural dynamics.
– SMEs specialized in farming innovation : those SMEs have a great expertise in satisfying needs of the agricultural actors. They have both an extensive view of their areas and its needs and how to deal with it. They also have great knowledge on how the climate change affects farming conditions and particularly soils. This expertise is essential to better deal with global warming effect’s on the agricultural sector. We expect from such a SME to bring new ideas to better manage soils conditions in order to improve plants and crops farming and thus, to enhance the Biostress project.
– Agricultural cooperatives : such a partner would be very relevant because he experience himself the effects of climate change on farming conditions. If such a partner would join the consortium, it would be very interesting that he already used one or more biostimulants, to understand how it works and to analyze which kind of biostimulant is more effective on a specific plant/crop. An agricultural cooperative is also most likely to sensitize the citizens and policy makers to the fact that biostimulants are a real asset for a natural and sustainable agriculture. We therefore expect from an agricultural cooperative to have a territorial base, very linked to the citizens living in their area.
These are the 3 types of SMEs we identified as relevant to the success of the project. We believe that it is important to co-build the project, and this is the reason why we propose three SMEs’ profiles, to open the door to a great collaboration based on an exchange of different knowledges and expertises, in various fields and on different territories.

Partner Sought

Expected Role of a Partner
Consortium Partner

Countries/regions eligible for the call: Cyprus, Greece, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia and Türkiye
Type and Size of Partner
SME 11-49SME 50 - 249SME <=10
Type of partnership
Research and development cooperation agreement

Call details

Framework program
Call title and identifier
Interreg Next Med general call
Anticipated project budget
1.5million - 60 000 for the SME
Coordinator required
Deadline for EoI
Deadline of the call
Project duration in weeks
Web link to the call
Project title and acronym


Technology keywords
010002009 - Water Pollution / Treatment10002004 - Climate Change mitigation10002005 - Biodiversity / Natural Heritage10002011 - Soil and Groundwater Pollution
Market keywords
09005 - Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Animal Husbandry & Related Products
Targeted countries
All countries