BESTMEDGRAPE opens call to support the development of new products using grape and wine by-products

Grape as a traditional crop in the Mediterranean area has a strong innovation potential, which has not been effectively exploited yet. People working in the grape cultivation sector are generally focused on improving the quality of grapes and wine, but usually don’t consider how to make the most out of grape waste. Based on the R&D experience of the BESTMEDGRAPE project partners in the fields of grape valorization, waste exploitation, and development of nanotechnological antioxidant/anti-inflammatory / anti-neurodegenerative formulations, BESTMEDGRAPE aims at supporting the creation of new startups/SMEs by transferring scientific/technological knowledge on local grape cultivars and the exploitation of wine by-products as a source of bioactive compounds that can be transformed into innovative commercial health products. Hence, the project will not only valorize a Mediterranean product – grape – but also the expansion of the grape value chain through the development of nanotechnological products, thus boosting the local economy, reducing environmental pollution, and increasing employment opportunities.

The objective of this call for sub-grants is to select and grant 50 beneficiaries – 10 natural persons per country involved in the BESTMEDGRAPE project (France, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia) – for developing new products using the grape and wine by-products. The final aim is to foster the creation of both individual and collective business initiatives focused on the processing and marketing of wine by-products. A total of €250.000 is available.

The guidelines set out the rules for the submission, selection, and implementation of the actions financed under this call, in conformity with the ENI CBC MED Programme rules. All the relevant documents are:

 Deadline for submission of application: May 26, 2022.