Research Council activities relating to the bioeconomy

Norway has access to extensive renewable bioresources and can invest heavily in bioeconomy-related activities. The vision is to achieve complete utilisation of bioresources in sustainable resource life cycles. Bioresources are processed for applications in food, energy, health, materials and industrial products.

was allocated for this thematic area in 2018

977million NOK

The Project Databank provides statistics and information about the projects funded by the Research Council within this thematic area.

Key programmes for this thematic area

Activities under the Research Council’s programmes extend across multiple thematic areas. The programmes listed here are the largest contributors of funding for this thematic area.

  • closed-loop-systems
  • sustainability
  • knowledge-based value creation
  • interdisciplinarity
  • food security
  • safe and healthy food
  • societal perspectives, governance and markets 
  • fish health and welfare 
  • production biology, nutrition, selective breeding and genetics 
  • production technology and processing technology 
  • targeted initiatives: low trophic-level species, sustainable feed ingredients and safe and healthy seafood 
  • agriculture and food 
  • climate and the environment 
  • business and economics 

Applications for funding for preliminary studies and pre-projects are to be submitted to the Norwegian Agricultural Agency, while applications for funding under the application types “Researcher Project” and “Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector” are to be submitted to the Research Council of Norway. 

  • development of the agricultural, marine, industrial and health sectors
  • biotechnology and society
  • international cooperation
  • industrial development
  • expertise and infrastructure

The ENERGIX programme seeks to facilitate the transition to a low-emission society and promote a competitive Norwegian business sector. 

  • achieve sustainable utilisation and efficient consumption of Norway’s renewable energy resources 
  • reduce Norwegian and global emissions of greenhouse gases 
  • enhance Norway’s security of supply 
  • strengthen innovation in Norwegian trade and industry and the public sector 
  • further develop Norwegian research and educational institutions 
  • marine ecosystems 
  • pollution and other effects on ecosystems 
  • sustainable harvesting and value creation  
  • management and societal perspectives 

Infrastructure that facilitates high-quality research. 

  • electronic infrastructure (e-infrastructure) 
  • scientific databases  
  • scientific collections 
  • scientific equipment 
  • large-scale research facilities, laboratories 
  • high potential for value creation for companies and society
  • companies willing and motivated to conduct research-based innovation activities
  • companies with an international perspective
  • companies that dare to take risks
  • renewable energy 
  • raising energy efficiency 
  • carbon capture and storage 
  • social sciences