Research & innovation infrastructure for developing bio-based economy markets based on the demand-led approach & aligned with the RIS3 of the region.
PROBLEM ADDRESSED How to develop coherently and effectively new niches in the bio-based economy. The action priorities are decided by the stakeholders of the centre, which are large businesses linked to research institutions.
HOW RESULTS WERE ACHIEVED BioSci specialises on bio-based industries, with main objective to develop markets related to concrete sectors such intelligent energy, machine and plant engineering, sensor networks in agriculture of nano & micro material technologies by providing the industries with bio-based products and processes. Main fields include: 1) Research competences & development projects focusing on four main fields: Sustainable plant bio production and resource stewardship; Microbial and molecular transformation of resources into materials; Process engineering technologies for renewal resources; Economy and social implications. 2)Teaching and training (workshops & graduate education programmes). The methodology followed is key to its achievements: 1)’Development of a market’ defined against demand led approach; 2) projects approach ensure thematically aligned and mutually adding value projects; 3) projects include also social impacts assessments; 4) business support services qualifications and competence building are part of the projects; 5) the role of excellence actors as starting point for the development of a new market.
STAKEHOLDERS INVOLVED The Research and Technological Council Bioeconomy and main European technology platforms.

Resources needed

The BioSC currently employs around 1200 staff members from more than 50 member institutes from the partner organizations. Starting with a public-private mixed funding scheme, currently it is a 100 % public. Projects are financed by seed funds (12 – 15 months) and boos funds (2 – 3 years).

Evidence of success

As a result of the collaboration of the BioSC with the universities, the following outcomes can be highlighted: the Helmholtz Association and “Sustainable Bioeconomy” Portfolio, the Cluster for Industrial Biotechnology, the German Plant Genomics Program, the Microbiological Genome Research, EU technology platforms, the German Plant Phenotyping Network, the Agriculture Competence Center, post graduate programs and transregios, as well as several EU projects and industrial projects.

Potential for learning or transfer

This GP is a blueprint for developing an emerging industry in an integrated way that combines market options, research, investments, skills, education or business services, being some of these associated also to technological linkages. Besides, this overall coherent approach fosters the optimization of applied funds. Moreover, also the funding facilities, which reflect stages of the target-market development, are good inspiration to consider.
BioSC is attempting to solve problems related to the increasing world population which leads to the growing of their needs, including the demand of food or energy, being this way the main beneficiaries of this GP the society in general and the economy related sectors, in particular.
BioSC gathers and can expand already existing key competences in the field of market oriented bioeconomy research in North Rhine – Westphalia, being, therefore a flagship project with international reach susceptible to be replicated in other regions.
Main institution
The RWTH Aachen, the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, the Friedrich Wilhelms University in Bonn and the Jülich Research Center
Köln, Germany (Deutschland)
Start Date
October 2010
End Date


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