Bio-based research and innovation
Shifting to bio-based products and processes means switching to using biological resources and biological processing methods in a sustainable way. This will help reduce Europe's dependency on oil, coal and gas and help meet its ambitious environmental, societal, industrial and climate policy targets for 2050.
The shift could save up to 2.5 billion tons of CO2 equivalent per year by 2030 and help accelerate the transition to a green and circular economy.
Bio-based systems is an emerging sector of the bioeconomy that is expected to grow rapidly. It will help create new markets and jobs, especially in rural and coastal areas.
What the Commission is doing
Research is critical to enable, establish and deploy innovation in the bioeconomy.
Commercial exploitation depends not only on excellent research but also on having the right strategic, legal and societal framework to ensure fast knowledge transfer to industry.
The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking strategic innovation and research agenda sets out the technological and innovation challenges to developing sustainable and competitive bio-based industries in Europe.
One of the key aims is to develop new biorefining technologies to sustainably transform renewable natural resources into bio-based products and materials.
In May 2020, 22 projects were selected for funding to accelerate market uptake of bio-based products, develop new technologies and fill gaps within value chains, establish demo-scale production facilities and build first-of-a-kind biorefineries in Europe.
Calls for proposal on bioeconomy-related themes in Horizon Europe and information on the work programme.
Bioeconomy research related calls can be found in national rural development programmes, European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, Cohesion Fund for renewable energy projects, European Regional Development Fund for smart specialisation
Funding supporting the deployment of biobased solutions in carbon intensive sectors
The EU's funding instrument for the environment and climate action
Projects and results
EU-funded projects across Europe developing new sustainable bio-based chemicals, materials and products
Thematic collection of innovative EU-funded research results in biobased innovation
Thematic collection of innovative EU-funded research results on bioplastics
Stories of particularly successful EU-funded bioeconomy research projects
The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects.
Latest news, interviews and features about thought-provoking science and innovative bio-based research projects funded by the EU.
Platform where framework programme participants present their results for you to search, contact their owners, and form partnerships.
Collaboration and jobs
Find partners for open EU calls for proposal
Partnerships with EU countries on bioeconomy related issues
International cooperation in bioeconomy research and innovation helps tackle global challenges
BBI JU connects key biobased sectors to ultimately create a sustainable and competitive biobased economy in Europe.
Researcher jobs in related fields
Scientific publications, tools and databases
Platform supporting policy making by bringing together knowledge on the bioeconomy from a wide range of scientific disciplines and sources
Scientific bioeconomy research publications published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)
The Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools. You can access bioeconomy research related ones here
Online library of EU bioeconomy research publications
Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes