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New Business opportunities & Environmental suSTainability using MED GRAPE nanotechnological products

About the project

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 grape and wine, but usually don’t consider how to make the most out of grape waste. Based on the R&D experience of the 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 valorise 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.

Key information

New Business opportunities & Environmental suSTainability using MED GRAPE nanotechnological products
A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
A.2.1 Technological transfer and commercialisation of research results
Italy, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan

Financial data

3.3 million
Total budget
2.6 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


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What will be improved?

BESTMEDGRAPE expects a change of attitude in the way Mediterranean entrepreneurs deal with the many botanical and beneficial properties of local grape cultivars. Great attention will be devoted to the manufacture of high quality nanotechnological, cosmeceutical and nutraceutical products. This will entail the growth of a new value chain derived from grape waste and related job/business opportunities. In addition, the project will contribute to the preservation of the Mediterranean biodiversity and avoid environmental contamination from the huge quantity of bulky waste generated during winemaking.

Who will benefit?

  • Farmers and local wineries
  • 35 early-stage researchers 
  • 210 potential entrepreneurs
  • Existing enterprises and industrial processing companies interested in recycling wine-making waste
  • Consumers and end-users interested in environmental-friendly grape products
  • 15 public institutions involved in environmental sustainability 

Expected achievements

  • 20 living labs activated and at least 4 co-publications on native grape cultivars characterisation and extraction
  • 1 cross-border technology platform developed to support business networking on grape waste exploitation
  • 250 users interested in technological studies (pre-competitive analysis) 
  • 10 products and services developed for commercialisation in the field of grape derivatives
  • 10 newly established companies operating in the production and commercialisation of innovative products and services in the area of grape and its derivatives
  • 250 pre-competitive analyses of promising products and services
  • 150 potential entrepreneurs selected for the exploitation of promising grape-related products and services

Project news

08 March 2020
Jordan: BESTMEDGRAPE project presented to potential entrepreneurs

More than 70 participants attended the workshop, representing governmental institutions, students, academics, researchers, entrepreneurs and local communities.


Project news

24 February 2020
BESTMEDGRAPE: the Saint Joseph University is recruiting a communication expert

The deadline for receiving applications is 29th February 2020.


Project news

21 February 2020
Tunisia: the BESTMEDGRAPE project is recruiting a communication expert

The deadline for receiving applications is 27 February 2020.


Project news

07 February 2020
Conservation of Mediterranean native grape cultivars: research activities under BESTMEDGRAPE project

A team of researchers from Italy is developing standardized methods for the conservation and germination of Mediterranean native grape cultivars.


Project news

29 January 2020
The BESTMEDGRAPE project is looking for staff at the University of Cagliari

The deadline for receiving applications is 3rd February 2020.


Project news

01 December 2019
Partners of BESTMEDGRAPE project in Sardinia for the kick-off meeting and launching event

The project aims to exploit commercially waste from wine production through research, technology transfer and start-up creation.

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