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.
Key research areas
- 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.
- 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.
Loans and guarantees to innovative businesses for research and innovation activities
The ECBF is part-funded by the Commission and invests in late-stage bioeconomy start-ups
Funding supporting the deployment of biobased solutions in carbon intensive sectors
The EU's funding instrument for the environment and climate action
Collaboration and jobs
Find partners for open EU calls for proposal
Partnerships with EU countries on bioeconomy related issues
International cooperation in bioeconomy research and innovation to help tackle global challenges
BBI JU connects key biobased sectors to ultimately create a sustainable and competitive biobased economy in Europe
Innovation community of industry players, agrifood startups, research centres and universities from across Europe accelerating innovation to transform the food system
Initiative offering a shared strategic research and innovation framework for working towards sustainable bioeconomies in Central and Eastern European countries
Alliance of EU-funded projects dealing with bioeconomy promotion and communication
is an ERA-Net Cofund Action under Horizon 2020, which aims to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) in the field of biotechnology
Researcher jobs in related fields
Projects and results
The Commission's primary portal for information about EU-funded research projects and their results
Stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects
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
Thematic collections of innovative EU-funded research results in the bioeconomy field
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
Scientific bioeconomy research publications from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the bioeconomy scientific community
The Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools. You can access bioeconomy research related ones here
Online library of official EU bioeconomy publications
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