Research • Educate • Connect
Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

Research • Educate • Connect
Towards a sustainable bioeconomy
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... in interdisciplinary teams

Interdisciplinary expert groups search for integrative solutions in the BioSC. Project teams from the main research areas of the BioSC are formed to address each issue.

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... with integrative concepts

Implementation of a sustainable bioeconomy requires networking among the diverse disciplines (such as the natural, engineering, agricultural, economic or social sciences) to develop new collaborations for joint solutions to urgent questions.

Research programme

From the start of phase 2 on, the development of the NRW Strategy Project BioSC is defined by scientific key topics. Three Focus Topic Areas and a Competence Platform set the frame for all funded activities:

  • Focus Topic Area "Smart management for plant performance"
  • Focus Topic Area "Integrated biorefineries for sustainable production and processing"
  • Focus Topic Area "Modular biotransformations for high-value chemicals"
  • Competence Platform "Economy, strategies and concepts"
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Internal funding opportunities

FOCUS FUND

In the second funding phase of the NRW strategy project BioSC, six large multidisciplinary collaborative projects, the FocusLabs, were set up with a regular duration of three years and a total budget of around €2.4 million each. The aim was to work on complex multidisciplinary topics in the focus topic areas and not only to bring together the necessary expertise, but also to establish joint governance. The coordination of the FocusLabs was placed in the hands of young scientists.

 

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BOOST FUND

BOOST FUND -projects are  interdisciplinary cooperation projects on the fields of sustainable and integrated bioeconomy. Project topics must be selected in such a way that the integration of the BioSC research topics (participation of at least two BioSC research topics per project) and the development of new interdisciplinary research fields, which are aimed at the development of a sustainable and integrated bioeconomy.

The goals of a BOOST FUND -project are exploration (e.g. proof-of concept) and development of new, innovative topics on the sustainable and integrated bioeconomy, as well as bridging between disciplines and BioSC affiliates.

 

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SEED FUND

SEED FUND -projects  projects are  interdisciplinary cooperation projects on the fields of sustainable and integrated bioeconomy. Project topics must be selected in such a way that the integration of the BioSC research topics (participation of at least two BioSC research topics per project) and the development of new interdisciplinary research fields, which are aimed at the development of a sustainable and integrated bioeconomy.

The goals of a SEED FUND -project are exploration, exploration (e.g. proof-of concept) and development of new, innovative topics on the sustainable and integrated bioeconomy, as well as bridging between disciplines and BioSC affiliates.

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WHITE PAPER

The complexity of the challenges for the development of a sustainable bioeconomy requires substantial contributions that can only be generated by new inter- and transdisciplinary and integrative research approaches, which include fundamental and application-oriented research.

The WHITE PAPER initiative is intended to promote innovative, interdisciplinary research with a high scientific or strategic potential, which is highly relevant to the development and implementation of a sustainable and integrated bioeconomy. WHITE PAPER is a basis for the inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation and for the strategic and content-related further development.

 

 

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