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Research and innovation on the bioeconomy, funding, collaboration and job opportunities, projects and results, events and news

Why the EU supports bioeconomy research and innovation

The bioeconomy means using renewable biological resources from land and sea, like crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms to produce food, materials and energy.

Stronger development of the bioeconomy will help the EU accelerate progress towards a circular and low-carbon economy.

It will help modernise and strengthen the EU industrial base, creating new value chains and greener, more cost-effective industrial processes, while protecting biodiversity and the environment.

More about the EU's bioeconomy strategy and action plan

As action under the 2018 EU Bioeconomy Strategy, a study on bioeconomy education, training and skills has been launched in June 2021. The findings of this study will be published in Summer 2022.

Regional Innovation Valleys for Bioeconomy and Food Systems

In July 2022, the European Commission published the Communication “New European Innovation Agenda” (NEIA). The document presented five important flagships. Under Flagship 3 NEIA introduced the initiative of Regional Innovation Valleys (RIVs).

RIVs are crucial because value chains are evolving and initiatives, such as RIVs, can play a major role in helping to develop innovative solutions to contribute to the strategic sovereignty of Europe.

With the main objective of supporting NEIA, its priority areas and the RIVs, the Regional Innovation Valleys for Bioeconomy and Food Systems (RIV4BFS) arise, taking into account Bioeconomy principles. The RIV4BFS will contribute to the New European Innovation Agenda and its flagship action in building 100 regional deep-tech innovation valleys, and have significant potential to support and accelerate the deployment of the bioeconomy in regions where people live and work, and to address the innovation divide within the EU. They also address the innovation divide within the EU, with a particular attention to countries from Central and Eastern Europe.   

The concept of the Regional Innovation Valleys for Bioeconomy and Food Systems was developed by European Commission (EC) with input from Member States provided in a workshop at the European Bioeconomy Policy Forum in July 2023.  

Policy focus

Funding opportunities

Calls for proposal on bioeconomy-related themes in Horizon Europe and information on the work programme.

Loans and guarantees to innovative businesses for research and innovation activities.

Loans for projects in agriculture, forest-based, blue economy, waste management. Loans guaranteed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments for high-risk investment in production and processing of food, biobased materials and bioenergy.

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 LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action.

Projects and results

Latest news, interviews and features about thought-provoking science and innovative research projects funded by the EU.

Access to real-time programme data with the ability to filter by country, region, theme and more.

Platform where framework programme participants present their results for you to search, contact their owners, and form partnerships.

Success stories

Collaboration and jobs

International cooperation in bioeconomy research and innovation to help tackle global challenges.

CBE is a €2 billion partnership between the European Union and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) that funds projects advancing competitive circular bio-based industries under Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme. CBE JU is the legal and universal successor of BBI JU.

Initiative offering a shared strategic research and innovation framework for working towards sustainable bioeconomies in Central and Eastern European countries.

ERA-Net Cofund Action under Horizon 2020, which aims to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) in the field of biotechnology.

Scientific publications, tools and databases

The European Bioeconomy Policy Forum (EBPF) was launched in November 2020 and is governed by all participating Member States.
The Forum operates on two levels – a high level and an expert level.

Platform supporting policy making by bringing together knowledge on the bioeconomy from a wide range of scientific disciplines and sources.

an overview of the research performed by the JRC in 10 science areas

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

You can access open scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE.

Access to marine and maritime data in Europe.

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Factsheet11 October 2023
Regional Innovation Valleys for Bioeconomy and Food Systems


Regional Innovation Valleys for Bioeconomy and Food Systems are a thematic use case in support of the “New European Innovation Agenda” (NEIA) and its flagship initiative, “Regional Innovation Valleys” (RIVs). Regional Innovation Valleys aim to harness the potential of deep-tech innovation across...