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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

Horizon Europe Cluster 6

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.

European Investment Bank loans

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.

European structural and investment funds

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.

Innovation Fund

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

Horizon Magazine

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

Horizon 2020 dashboard

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

Horizon Results Platform

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

Collaboration and jobs

Global partnerships

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 CoBioTech

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

Knowledge centre for bioeconomy

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

EU Science Hub

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

EU Open Data Portal

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.

Factsheet20 March 2023
EU research and innovation top funder of leading climate science

By helping us understand how the climate system works and how it will change over time, climate science is fundamental for making informed and wise decisions about reducing emissions and adapting to a changing climate.

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Factsheet30 November 2022
Research and innovation enables the transition to a circular economy

Achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal requires a circular and sustainable bioeconomy. Research and innovation (R&I) plays an essential role in enabling and accelerating this transition, unlocking new ways of producing and consuming that respect planetary boundaries and life on earth.

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