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Sustainable Innovation in Food and Bio-based Industries (BIONÆR)

Deadline Announcement
Open-ended NOK 4 million in funding for pre-projects in the field of bioresource processing Choose
Open-ended NOK 4 million for state-of-the-art reviews on plant health, animal health, animal welfare and food safety Choose
13:00 CEST
NOK 55 million for Collaboration Projects on Societal Challenges and Business Development in the areas of forests and climate and food safety Choose


A list with the project titles of all applications under processing will be published on the Research Council website.

In connection with the application review, the project summary may be forwarded to potential referees when asking whether they can assess the grant application. The project title and project summary should therefore not disclose sensitive information.


Primary objective

The primary objective of the BIONÆR programme is to promote research that increases the level, profitability and sustainability of production in the bio-based industries. The scope of the programme is described in the BIONÆR work programme. 

Secondary objectives

  1. Strengthen and develop:
    • knowledge and expertise for new and existing bio-based industries and bioresource management;
    • research-based innovation in food and other bio-based companies and bioresource management.
  2. Motivate Norwegian knowledge environments to take part in international research cooperation.
  3. Promote value chain-based and circuit system perspectives in the food industry and other bio-based industries.
  4. Use innovative coordination and communication activities to enhance the benefits of knowledge and expertise gained by the industry and public administration.

Projects with funding

At present, these projects have received funding from the BIONAER-programme. The overview provides access to summaries and other key information on all the projects under the programme. (The overview may contain information in Norwegian.)

This programme/activity normally accepts grant applications from:

Trade and industry, research institutes, universities, university colleges.

Overall budget:

At present the BIONÆR programme has an annual budget of approximately NOK 245 million.