Shaping the future bioeconomy across sectoral, governmental and geographical levels (Shaping-Bio)

The transition to a circular bioeconomy and sustainable food systems has high potential to contribute to societal challenges such as climate change, substitution of fuel resources and to contribute to healthy food and diets, which is why innovation in the bioeconomy should be accelerated. Although there are significant political initiatives as well as R&D and industrial activities going on, which are designed to develop the bioeconomy sector, there are still challenges in relation to getting a wider uptake of the innovation generated in the sector. Key issues are fragmentation of, and the presence of sectoral silos in the innovation ecosystem, lack of policy coordination and coherence between different levels of governance, collaboration along new value chains or across sectors, leading to inefficient technology and knowledge transfer, and are obstacles in terms of financial constraints, etc. Moreover, there are high level of interdependencies between different bio-based sectors and the food system, technological spillovers and integrated production (i.e. biorefineries) add even further complexity.

ShapingBio aims to provide evidence-based and concrete information and recommendations for better policy alignment and stakeholder actions to realize the cross-sectoral potential of the bioeconomy and to reduce the fragmentation across bio-based sectors and food system and policies across regions, domains and governance levels.

Operational objectives:

  • To create a better understanding and information basis of the bioeconomy innovation eco-system by providing a comprehensive mapping and analysis of initiatives, structures, policy instruments and key gaps.
  • To raise synergies and cooperation between countries and sectors and between different governance levels by implementing knowledge transfer mechanisms, including set-up multi-actor groups for selected topics and events for different stakeholders.
  • To provide advisory support and recommendations for actions on how improvements in policy coordination and coherence can be achieved, both vertically (across EU, national, regional and local levels) and horizontally (across sectors, policy domains).


9/22 to 8/25


  • European Commission, Horizon Europe, Grant Agreement Nr. 101060252


  • Agency for the Promotion of the European Research (APRE)
  • Teagasc
  • Agriculture Research, Ltd. Troubsko
  • Food & Bio Cluster Denmark
  • SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG
  • Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant
  • Spanish Bioindustry Association
  • Tech Tour Europe
  • Tech Tour Global EOOD