Nordic Bioeconomy Programme

Nordic Bioeconomy Programme

The objective of the Nordic Bioeconomy Programme is to generate new knowledge on how to promote and advance the transition to a bioeconomy-based society in the Nordic countries.


The overall aim of the programme is to produce new knowledge on how to foster and advance the transition to a bioeconomy-based society in the Nordic countries by integrating research, innovation and entrepreneurship in the private and public sectors. The programme will fund activities that are cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary, and that involve the private and public sector and other stakeholders.


The Nordic region is unique in that it has a surplus of primary resources. Primary resources will become an even more important asset in the Nordic society of the future, which involves a transformation from economic growth based on fossil fuels towards a sustainable and bio-based society.

The point of departure for this programme is water. Water is a fundamental part of the bioeconomy and bioproduction value chains, e.g. in transportation, primary plant production, industrial processes and for social well-being. 

As a Nordic platform, the programme will build on the national programmes and bring Nordic added value to the national and international research and innovation activities. The Nordic approach will advance the bioeconomy transition in a holistic way. This will give new insight into how research and innovation can jointly add momentum to bio-based and sustainable societal development.

The development of new knowledge is at the core of the Nordic Bioeconomy Programme. Basic building blocks are research, innovation and entrepreneurship, with active involvement from the private and public sectors, industry, consumers, end-users and others.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee comprises representatives for the participating funding organisations:

  • Laura Raaska, Director of Biosciences and Environment Research, the Academy of Finland (chair)
  • Jan Reid Hole, Dean of the Faculty of Bioscience and Aquaculture, Nord University, Norway (member) 
  • Riitta Julkunen-Tiitto, Professor, University of Eastern Finland (member)
  • Ægir Thor Thorsson, Senior Adviser, Rannís, Iceland (member)
  • Karin Perhans, Senior Research Officer, Unit for Environmental and Agricultural Sciences, Formas, Sweden (member)
  • Berit Brokking Balfors, Professor, KTH Royal Instite of Technology, Sweden (medlem)
  • Niels Gøtke, Head of Division, Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Denmark (observer)
  • Annika Sølvará, Director, The Faroese Research Council (observer)


The total budget of the programme is approximately MNOK 90. Three Nordic Centres of Excellence are being financed with approximately 30 million NOK each for a five-year period and will be launched during the first quarter of 2017.


An Integrating Nexus of Land and Water Management for a Sustainable Nordic Bioeconomy (BIOWATER)
Towards Versatility of Aquatic Production Platforms: Unlocking the Value of Nordic Bioresources (NordAqua)
Nordic Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Aquatic Production (SUREAQUA)
Contact person
Kyösti Lempa - Senior Adviser
Contact person Kyösti Lempa
Senior Adviser
Work +47 948 86 536
Marianne Aastebøl Minge - Chief Operating Officer
Contact person Marianne Aastebøl Minge
Chief Operating Officer
Work +47 936 02 527