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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.

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.

Collaboration and jobs

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

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

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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Promoting bioeconomy education in Europe – State of the art of bioeconomy education, current and future skills needs and how to address them