Bioeconomy projects

Many members of the Industrial Biotech Network are participating in major national and international bioeconomy projects to drive research innovation forward. Here, we have listed relevant bioeconomy projects of national or international dimension.



Foods of  

The center's main goal is to develop animal feed from sustainable natural resources, which in itself are not suitable for food, typically from wood, algae, agriculture and leftover from fish and meat processing.'Foods of Norway' is one of seventeen new Centers of Research-driven Innovation (SFI) newly approved by the Norwegian Research Council. NMBU, the Norwegian Life Sciences University, is the host organisation. Read more in IBNN News.



Enzyme development for Norwegian biomass – mining Norwegian biodiversity for seizing opportunities in the bio-based economy. New enzymes are tested in Borregaards demo facilities for the BALI-prosess, a preprocess for cellulose.



Novel salmon feed by integrated bioprocessing of non-food biomass. The use of biomass from wood (spruce) in salmon feed will be examined together with the use of macroalgae. Researchers will examine pre-processing techniques, enzymatic hydrolysis, screening of promising microorganisms (mainly yeasts) and evaluate processing methods. Read more in Norwegian about the project on NMBU's website.


The main goal of MARPOL is to develop innovative biomaterials by enzyme technology for modification and upgrading of polysaccharides from marine resources.



An interdisciplinary project with a bio-economic perspective, focusing on several value chains from both agriculture and marine sectors. The main objective is to improve resource utilization in the food chain in Norway by developing sustainable eco-friendly bio-processes and novel technology, with research and innovation at its core.


Energy efficient PROcessing of MACroalgae in blue-green value chains,‘Bionær’ project, lead partner Møreforskning AS. The project focuses on the energy efficient processing and refining of macroalgae to food and feed, and includes a logistic and economic analysis of the value chain, as well as a life-cycle analysis (LCA).


«Sustainable path creation for innovative value chains for organic waste products (SusValueWaste)» is lead by NIFU and will run over a four years period. The project will address the potential for value creation and improved sustainability in the valorisation of organic waste streams, residual feedstock and by-products – by analysing value chains inside and across different sectors of the bioeconomy.



The 40 million NOK project “BioSmart: managing the transition to a smart bioeconomy (2015-2018)" is lead by the Centre for Rural Research. Key partners are NIBIO - Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, NORUT, Sintef and NTNU. A key component in the project will be a foresight analysis of 1500 Norwegian businesses to ascertain what the needs of Norway's five key biosectors are (farming, forestry, fisheries, bioscience, industry), and where there is potential for integration.


Food to Waste to Food (F2W2F):
The project aims to demonstrate a closed cycle organic waste treatment system using municipal organic waste to provide energy, water, fertilizer and carbon dioxide for greenhouse agriculture. Partners in this EU-financed project are Lindum AS and BBBL Solution AS from Norway, Jacinto Environmental solutions BV from the Netherlands, Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy W Poznaniu from Poland.

Budget: € 1.637.000 (EU contribution: 50%)


BioMim - Advancing biomass technology:

BioMim is a four-year research project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Research and technology development are critically needed to find cost-effective and sustainable solutions for the conversion of biomass. Extensive exploitation of lignocellulosic biomass as a feedstock for a variety of products is the key to develop a viable bio-economy. However, the natural resistance of lignocellulosic biomass to chemical and biological deconstruction is a challenge that biorefineries have to overcome.