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Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

Direct policy support

The overall objective of Theme 2 is to assist in the transition towards a “European Knowledge-Based Bio-economy”.

Developing/coordinating the KBBE

The KBBE will play an important role in a global economy, where knowledge is the best way to increase productivity and competitiveness and improve our quality of life, while protecting our environment and social model. The success of the bioeconomy will depend largely upon our ability to manage our biological resources in a sustainable manner, and to build upon the post-genomic knowledge base in plant, animal, marine and industrial resources for the efficient production and processing of food and non-food products.  The bioeconomy contains a huge diversity of individual sectors, objectives, and regions, and coordination and development by recognisable authorities to promote and retain the overall global concept in the mind of both consumer and policy maker alike is necessary.

Different mechanisms enable the development of a European Research Area (ERA) in the Bioeconomy:

  • The Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) provides a very flexible platform to develop thematic initiatives through SCAR Collaborative Working Groups into research mapping or into the development of related ERA-Nets. A similar frame in complementary biobased products is provided by the KBBE-Net.
  • European technology platforms are industry-led stakeholder forums that define research and development priorities and action plans in a number of strategically important areas.
  • ERA-Nets are schemes for the coordination of national and regional RTD programmes aiming to bundle activities and strengthen the European Research Area through the networking of research activities conducted at national or regional level, and the mutual opening of national and regional research programmes.
  • Joint programming aims to reinforce cross-border cooperation and the coordination and integration of research programmes in Member States benefiting from public funding in two KBBE fields.