Current Projects

The CLIB management is active as a partner in several national or EU funded projects. These range from research and education topics, to projects dealing with material flow systems, to projects dedicated to start-up and SME support in bioeconomy.
On an EU-level, the cluster increasingly establishes itself as a partner for knowledge- and technology transfer, delivering valuable input and generating additional benefit for its members.
Furthermore, CLIB organizes delegation trips for its members and partners to connect with interesting bioeconomy markets worldwide. 
On the folllowing pages you can find information on these projects and activities.

Joining Competencies – the CLIB-Technology Cluster
CLIB2021 has identified 4 research topics: polyomics, expression, biocatalysis, and downstream processing (DSP) as essential for industrial biotechnology. Four corresponding research platforms have been established at the universities of Bielefeld, Dortmund, Düsseldorf and the Forschungszentrum Jülich: PolyOmics, ExpressO, RedoxCell, and Downstream Processing. The Technology Cluster closely cooperates with the CLIB2021 Cluster Management.

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BiOPEN: The new open-innovation platform BiOPEN will strengthen the cooperation and joint development of bio-based industries and downstream sectors. For this, the H2020-funded project joins forces of five bio-based clusters, an innovative IT company, a private networking company, and the leading European innovation management company (CIAOTECH – PNO Group). This project provides accelerating and supporting business development of bio-based industries and downstream sectors. The BiOPEN platform favours co-innovation partnerships through matchmaking and knowledge sharing. It offers a semantic search engine for millions of patents, scientific papers, organisations, and other relevant information categorised through a bio-based sector taxonomy. Perspective studies on new bio-based products and markets are presented on the BiOPEN platform to foster bio-based value chains including downstream sectors and brand owners.
CLIB2021 will ensure exploitation of BiOPEN results by providing dissemination and communication strategies and advices. Join the BiOPEN community:


RIN Stoffströme

To improve utilization of side and waste streams in industry, agriculture or forestry, a new project was set up in 2014. The so called regional innovation network (RIN) „model region for innovative and sustainable material flow” is coordinated by CLIB, in cooperation with the EnergieAgentur.NRW and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Abfallwirtschaft (DGAW, German Society for Waste Management) and is funded by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research (MIWF). The project’s goal is to set up a network of involved stakeholders in the Rhineland to improve exploitation of biomass, wastes and side streams in the region. Additional information:


BIG-C - BioInnovation Growth mega-Cluster

The Bio Innovation Growth mega Cluster (BIG-C) is the cross-border Smart Specialization initiative aiming at transforming Europe’s industrial mega cluster in the Belgium region of Flanders, The Netherlands and the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia into the global leader of biobased innovation growth. It is primarly driven by BE-Basic (NL), CLIB (D) and FISCH (Fl). The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, as part of its strategy "Internationalisation of Leading-Edge Clusters, Forward-Looking Projects, and Comparable Networks", supports the project with up to four million euros over the coming years. Also see:



INMARE: Industrial Applications of Marine Enzymes is a H2020-funded project, which will establish innovative screening and expression platforms to discover and use the functional protein diversity from the sea. This is the aim of the over 20 partners from 12 countries, among them CLIB2021 and the CLIB members Bayer Technology Services, evocatal and the University of Düsseldorf. The four-year project has a budget of 6 million euros and will be coordinated by the University of Bangor, Wales, UK.
CLIB2021 will ensure exploitation of INMARE results by providing technology transfer strategy and advice. More information:



CLIB was active in the drafting of the Biobased Industries Consortium and is a founding member of the association. BIC is the private partner in the Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), jointly managed by BIC and the European Commission. In this PPP, the EC committed to spending almost 1 bn EUR on industry-led projects of a high TRL to promote the bioeconomy as a force for innovation and (rural) growth in Europe.



CLIB is a founding member of the A.SPIRE association, the private part of the Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency PPP (SPIRE). This Horizon2020 PPP funds industry-led projects in diverse European process industries. For CLIB, the focus lies on resource and energy efficiency for the chemical industry, or enabled by biotechnology.


Delegation trips

CLIB regularly organizes delegation trips to regions that play an important role in the bioeconomy to provide the possibility for academia, SMEs and start-ups to develop new collaborations and market opportunities.
Each year, we select a country or region which we believe to offer exciting developments in bioeconomy and which is of interest to our members. We establish a first contact with competent local networks. We then organize a trip for our CLIB members to visit the region. Often in combination with a conference in the area, we visit companies and reserch sites, and network with stakeholders. Our aim is to initialize contacts and project opportunities for our members. After the visit, we remain in contact with the network established abroad. Further cooperation, in research or business projects, will be pushed by our members. The CLIB office informs members and partners about future trips and welcomes input on possbile destinations. An overview of past trips is available here.