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Bioeconomy in the North (BiN)

Funding programme
Submission deadline
Funded by
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry in Finland, Research Council Norway (RCN) in Norway
Germany, Finland, Norway

Bioeconomy in the North is a network of ministries and funding agencies from Finland, Germany and Norway which coordinate their efforts to launch annual calls for R&D&I projects in the area of non-food / non-feed biomass resources exploitation. The network is a sustainable initiative funded in 2017 whose mission is to deepen the cooperation of researchers, to create critical mass, to generate synergies and to support R&D&I projects relevant for bioeconomy in the northern part of Europe. The primary scope of the initiative is to support “Research and innovation leading to new products and supply services from non-food / non-feed biomass resources relevant in Northern Europe”.

Projects in the frame of „Bioeconomy in the North“ should significantly contribute to at least one of the three following topics:

Forest Biomass Production

Priority topics:

  • Improved forest biomass, focusing for example on production via accelerated breeding
  • Innovative breeding, cultivation, harvest and storage systems allowing a more integrated natural resource management and resource planning

Lignocellulosic Biomass Conversion

Priority topics:

  • Improved biomass conversion and valorization, focusing for example on chemicals, fibers and innovative products
  • New and innovative production and value chains

Valorization and Governance Strategies and Policy Instruments for Sustainable Bioeconomy Development

Priority topics:

  • Analysis for better matching biomass demand and supply (policy information)
  • Analysis and development of existing / new markets and business models
  • Policy analysis and impact assessment in light of responsible research and innovation (RRI)

The total budget for funding transnational research projects in the first call of BiN will be approximatively about 5.5 million €. There is no limit for maximal requested funding per project. Funding of the project partners is provided by the participating national programs according to their respective national regulations.

The first call will open on September 17th, 2018. The deadline for proposal submission will be January 17th, 2019 – 13:00 CET.


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Website address: https://www.biooekonomie-bw.de/en/databases/funding/bioeconomy-in-the-north-bin/