The overall aim of ShapingBio is to support and accelerate bioeconomy innovation and the deployment of new knowledge in the EU and its member states.
ShapingBio aims to provide evidence-based and concrete information and recommend-dations for better policy alignment and stakeholder actions to realize the cross-sectoral potential of the bioeconomy and to reduce the fragmentation across biobased sectors and food system and policies across regions, domains and governance levels.
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.
However, there are several challenges in relation to getting a wider uptake of the innovation generated in the bioeconomy sector. One key barrier is that actors from different sectors, such as agriculture, food and chemistry still have limited exchange with each other, and that "sectoral silos" exist. Moreover, bioeconomy is not an own dedicated policy field – the public funding and regulation is therefore scattered and partly incoherent across ministries or geographical levels.
ShapingBio aims 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 across the EU macro-regions and different sectors related to:
Sven Wydra, Project Coordinator of ShapingBio
Behind the project are 10 organisations from 9 European countries.
The consortium comprises high-quality expertise in start-of-the-art scientific-technical developments and innovations in the bioeconomy in all relevant areas including food and blue bioeconomy, industrial, societal and environmental developments, relevant policy domains, financing and translational activities.
Learn more about the partners here