Projects financed from structural funds

    The National Institute for Research and Development for Biological Sciences in Bucharest (INCDSB) implement the projects:

  • Analysis of the potential for sustainable use of vegetation specific to the Danube-Danube Delta-Black Sea system is a project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Competitiveness Operational Program 2014-2020. The total value of the project is 4,500,000 lei
    Call: RO-ESFRI-ERIC – Creating synergies with RDI actions of the European Union’s HORIZON 2020 framework program and other international RDI programs
    Project code: 108630
    Implementation period 2021-2023
    Project leader:
    National Institute Research and Development for Biological Sciences-INCDSB
    • National Research-Development Institute for Marine Geology and Geoecology – GEOECOMAR
    • “Danube Delta” National Research and Development Institute -I.N.C.D.D.D.

    The general objective of the project is to consolidate the participation of Romanian consortia and organizations in the activities within the pan-European infrastructure DANUBIUS-RI, in the field of integrated studies on the sustainable capitalization of bioresources in the Danube-Danube Delta-Black Sea system. By carrying out the proposed activities, the project results will primarily contribute to the crystallization of Romanian participation in DANUBIUS-RI but also to the development of scientific potential in a unique area in Europe and of great interest to the European scientific community (“Danube Delta – natural laboratory in Europe” ).
    The proposed R&D objectives and activities are an integral part of the DANUBIUS Scientific Agenda complementary to the EU actions in the Horizon 2020 Framework Program but also to the national and European Strategies. The central element of the project is defined by a scientific program focused on the study of natural mechanisms of intervention and adaptation to the challenges posed by climate change and those induced by human activities.

    The specific objectives of the project
    1. Analysis of the current situation of the vegetation specific to the Danube Delta, in order to understand the dynamics and stability of the reed ecosystems with special reference to the degraded areas. The major interest in achieving this objective is related to the role of the Danube Delta vegetation in maintaining the balance of the ecosystem, more precisely in ensuring the self-regulation function based on the interrelationships that are established between the components of the ecosystem. The degradation of some reed areas has led to ecological imbalances with direct consequences in the loss of biodiversity. Understanding the dynamics of reed ecosystems will support the implementation of action plans on: Substantiation and implementation of actions to recover damaged components of natural capital; Preventing the deterioration of the natural capital of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve; Conservation of natural resources and endangered species; Soil quality assurance; Encouraging the use of biotechnologies in pest control; Air, water, soil pollution control.
    2. Evaluation of the filtration potential of the Danube waters by the vegetation specific to the sections Calarasi-Vadul Oii-Braila-Danube Delta, of the Danube-Danube Delta and Danube Delta-Black Sea transition areas with the identification of physico-chemical and biochemical mechanisms and factors that influences the efficiency of retaining the main types of pollutants. In choosing the considered areas, the particularities generated by the course of the Danube were taken into account. In a first stage, to perform a screening of the microbiota present on the mentioned sections and transition areas. The microorganisms with high bioremediation potential will then be isolated and the availability of the targeted pollutants will be determined (the driving force of the biofiltration process) and the influence of biotic and abiotic factors on the pollutant retention / metabolism process. The symbiosis of the microbiota with the vegetation specific to the considered areas leads further to the highlighting of the main chemical and biochemical mechanisms involved in the natural biofiltration process developed in the Danube ecosystems.
    3. Verification and demonstration of the efficiency of the natural biofiltration process based on an artificial system built near the Danubius Center in Murighiol. In this area, exceedances of the threshold values of nutrients and heavy metals in the Danube waters were registered in various periods. The knowledge of the metabolic particularities of the isolated and characterized microorganisms from the considered area constituted the necessary scientific basis for their use in the development of the practical application. The perspectives of this study are of great interest for the technological transfer to other areas of the Danube Basin. For this, the development of laboratory techniques designed to stimulate / inhibit the metabolism and growth of microorganisms is necessary and represents another important perspective generated by the study of the microbiota and its interaction with the specific vegetation of the Danube-Danube Delta-Black Sea system. An extensive documentary study will allow the identification of the most efficient constructive solutions adaptable to the existing conditions and limitations in the considered area (regulations specific to the Danube Delta Biosphere).
    4. Analysis and elaboration of a model of good practices in the maintenance and sustainable exploitation of the bioresources from the considered geographical area. Identification and description of specific applications of the bioresources from the Danube Delta based on the scientific and technical expertise of the human resource involved and the coupling of the project results with those already registered by the institutions of the created consortium. Regarding the potential to maintain the level of pollutants at risk-free values, special emphasis will be placed on passive remediation technologies, inspired by natural phytoremediation and bioremediation models of surface water. These technologies do not use additional substances and can bring important, economic and efficient advantages to the decontamination process.
    5. Analysis and elaboration of a conceptual model of the way in which the specific vegetation (especially reed) plays a role in reducing the harmful effects of erosion and floods, by sediment retention and energy dissipation of hydrodynamic factors. Establishing plans for the use of this vegetation for the development of “green protection” plans for the Danube Delta area (from the fresh environment to the beach area).
    6. Valorization of research results through publications and stimulation of performance in the interdisciplinary context of the issues addressed by the project. Development on the project website of an online platform for disseminating the results of academic research

  • Support project for the preparation of DANUBIUS-RI acronym “DANS2” is a project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Operational Program Competitiveness 2014-2020
    SMIS project code: 139648
    Call: Support project for the preparation of the DANUBIUS-RI project
    Component 1 – Call: POC / 699/1/1 / Large CD infrastructures / 1 / Large CD infrastructures
    Priority Axis: Research, Technological Development and Innovation (RDI) in support of economic competitiveness and business development
    Operation: Large CD infrastructures
    Development period: December 2020- February 2022

    The support project for the preparation of DANUBIUS-RI (DANS2) has as general objectives the completion of the European application for financing the Romanian components, Hub and Supersite Danube Delta, of the pan-European infrastructure DANUBIUS-RI with the studies required by current legislation and preparation of the implementation of the project. construction of the DANUBIUS-RO infrastructure.
    The pan-European distributed infrastructure DANUBIUS-RI addresses Area 3 of smart specialization: Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Sub-Domain 3.2 Environment and Climate Change.
    Total eligible budget: 22,605,670.70 Lei

    Project director: Dr. Manuela Elisabeta SIDOROFF, email email:

  • Modeling, Designing and Analysis of Synthetic Self-assembled Systems – “MoDASyS”;
    “MoDASyS” is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through Competitiveness Operational Program 2014-2020. The total value of the project is 1,849,546.2Euro, 1,561,756.8Euro representing the co-financing of the European Regional Development Fund and 287,789.4Euro representing the co-financing of the Government of Romania, based on the contract no. 24 from 01.09.2016 signed with the National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation as an Intermediate Body on behalf of the Ministry of European Funds as Managing Authority for the Competitiveness Operational Program. The project is being implemented in Bucharest over a 48 month period. The overall scientific objective of the project is to introduce and develop DNA-based nanotechnology research in Romania and to increase the Romanian researchers’ capacities and competences in this area. This objective will be achieved by carrying out research activities in the field of nanotechnology, through the participation of a researcher from abroad, with concrete results in the field, and which will lead at the scientific level the team of researchers of the INCDSB institute. The investment is designed to help transform the INCDSB into a European Center for Computational Nanotechnology for DNA, proposing also the support of 6 new researchers at the INCDSB, the publication of 20 scientific papers, and the submission of 3 project proposals for Horizon 2020 competition.
    The specific scientific activities developed in the project will be focused on two priority axes, namely:
    1. Automating the design process of DNA structures in order to achieve nano-processing capabilities similar to the 3D printing process.
    2. Develop a systematic discipline through which the structural and dynamic tools of DNA Nanotechnology are brought together to create coordinated nanosystems (using DNA material) to perform well-defined, well-defined actions.
    Project co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund through the Competitiveness Operational Program 2014-2020.

    Dr. Eugen Czeizler, Director MoDASyS, email:
    Dr. Andrei Păun, Deputy Director MoDASyS, email:

  • Innovative methods for natural resources high valorisation and improving the nutritional efficiency of phyto products – knowledge support to increase the competitiveness of small enterprises – “FITOCOMP”
    Buget 9015935 RON (1930607 Eur)
    EU share (%) 83.72 %
    Implemenmtation period (years): 2016-2021 (5 years)
    Implementer (type): Public institution
    Type of investment: Public and private
    Operational objective Operational Program Competitiveness, axis: Research, Technological Development and Innovation (RDI) to support the economic competitiveness and business development
    Expected direct results:

    • a.Knowledge transfer results
      • a1.Innovative solutions for phyto-products/phyto-drugs technologies; technological process innovation ensuring higher exploitation of natural resources (plants, fruits, biomass);
      • a2. Knowledge transfer portofolio including:
        • 18 methods of characterisarion, efficiency assessement and quality control of vegetal material and formulated phyto-drugs;
        • 3 new extraction technologies applicable to raw materials and by-products;
        • 6 new customized instruments for fast analisys & quality control of agro-food/phyto-pharmaceutical products;
      • a3.Knowledge transfer online platform FITO-PLAT connecting experts, industrial end-users, technology brokers, regulatory organisations;
    • b.Human resources results
      • b1. 2 new available positions for specialists in knowledge transfer; technology brokers, innovation management;
      • b2. Increased professional capabilities of the implementation team by widening industrial experience and technology transfer experience as results of two instruments, professional formation and direct assistance in technology implementation at facilities of SME partners;
    • c.Increased number of direct contracts with SME providing direct servicies (45 new contracts), new implemented technologies (3 new contracts with SME’s from phyto-pharmaceutical industry, nutritional suplements industry and food/beverages industry) and food/beverages industry)

    Expected outputs / deliverables:

    • The use of new technologies by the SMEs as recipient of the knowledge transfer will determine the optimization of the natural resources use by the beneficiary SME eliminating their dependence on the optimal harvesting periods and ensuring the continuity of the technological process line, accordingly contributing to the realization of a new value chain.
    • Direct assistance to increase the competitivness of at least 3 SME from Romanian agro-food industry, producing and promoting nutritional supplements, beverages and phyto-drugs, as recipients of knowledge transfer
    • Reducing the direct production pressure for existing technological lines at recipient SMEs by implementation of new control instrumenst and new valorisation technologies (for by-products)

    Categories of interventions:
    Public intervention: 80%
    Private intervention: 20%

    Prof.dr. Gabriel-Lucian RADU – Project Director, email:
    Dr. Simona Carmen LITESCU – Deputy Director, email:
    Tel/Fax: 0212200900 / 0212239070;

  • Enhancing the administrative capacity of the National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences – (ADMIN-INCDSB), POS CCE, Priority axis 2;
  • Centre of biotechnologies for cellular therapy and regenerative medicine based on stem cells and modulators of apoptosis – (BIOREGMED), POS CCE, Operation 2.1.2 – Research and Development projects at high scientific level, with the participation of specialists from abroad, 2010-2013;
  • Biotechnology in conversion of solar energy into hydrogen using photosynthetic microorganisms – (GREENENERGY), POS CCE, Operation 2.1.2 – Research and Development projects at high scientific level, with the participation of specialists from abroad, 2010-2013; en.php
  • MedPlaNet – a network of medicinal plants to increase the comparative advantages of Calarasi-Silistra cross-border area for a sustainable development – (MedPlaNet), Romania – Bulgaria Cross-border Cooperation Program, 2010-2012;
  • Biofuels – common source of sustainable development of cross-border cooperation area – (BIOFUELS), Romania – Bulgaria Cross-border Cooperation Program, 2010-2013;
  • Evaluation of the preservation status of habitants of community interest in ROSCI0017 Caian, in order to develop a sustainable management, specific to Nature 2000 sites, POS MEDIU, 2009-2011
  • Evaluation of the preservation status of biodiversity and geodiversity within the “Tinutul Padurenilor” site (ROSCI0250), in order to develop a sustainable management plan, specific to Nature 2000 sites, POS MEDIU, 2013-2014.