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

Policy focus

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon 2020 - bioeconomy calls

    Calls for proposal on bioeconomy-related themes in Horizon 2020 and information on the work programme. Joint Undertakings, Joint Programming Initiatives and ERA-net cofunds calls can also be found here.
  • 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.
  • InnovFin

    Loans and guarantees to innovative businesses for research and innovation activities

  • European Circular Bioeconomy Fund

    The ECBF is part-funded by the Commission and invests in late-stage bioeconomy start-ups

  • 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

  • LIFE

    The EU's funding instrument for the environment and climate action

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

  • Research project database (CORDIS)

    The Commission's primary portal for information about EU-funded research projects and their results

  • Project success stories

    Stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects

  • 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

  • Results packs on the bioeconomy

    Thematic collections of innovative EU-funded research results in the bioeconomy field

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

  • Scientific publications

    Scientific bioeconomy research publications from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the bioeconomy scientific community

  • Bioeconomy research tools and databases

    The Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools. You can access bioeconomy research related ones here

  • EU publications portal

    Online library of official EU bioeconomy publications

  • 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

  • OpenAIRE

    You can access open scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE

  • EMODnet

    Access to marine and maritime data in Europe

Latest

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Contact

  • Research enquiry service

    You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.  

  • National contact points

    The national contact points (NCP) network gives guidance and information on participating in Horizon 2020. NCPs are established in all EU countries and many non-EU countries.

  • Enterprise Europe Network

    The Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. 

  • European IP Helpdesk

    Service that offers an intellectual property rights helpline, training and online library.

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