Stay competitive: innovate!
Innovation is a major challenge for any initiative in the bio-economy field. It involves invention, but goes well beyond this. Successful innovation is often a process demanding an innovative use of available resources and an innovative business model as well as the resulting innovative product.
At DG Research, activities related to fostering innovation in the bio-economy field steer our work. Europe has a strong political commitment to encourage innovation. The EU 2020 strategy provides a new framework for the road ahead, and the creation of a bio-economy in Europe is a key element in it. This is where DG Research and our Directorate step in – promoting a Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) with innovation as a key ingredient. In this field we develop a wide range of activities:
Improvement of management and transfer of knowledge created by research projects
As market realities are part of good business planning, creativity and innovation must be combined with entrepreneurial spirit, so that imaginative new solutions (e.g. bio-based plastics, new textiles) find their way to different markets and into the everyday life of consumers.
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Developing dedicated actions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
SMEs that participate in our research projects at European level profit from numerous benefits.
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Encouraging dialogue and cooperation at different levels among stakeholders
Cooperating with industry-led stakeholder groups, such as European Technology Platforms (ETPs) contributes to a constructive dialogue with a wide range of different industrial sectors
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Cooperating with other EU institutions and services
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