24.03.2016Off to a rowing start: BMBF-funded BIG-C project kicks-off
The BioInnovation Growth mega-Cluster (BIG-C) kicked off its BMBF-funded part of the BIG-C initiative on Friday 18th March 2016 with experts from the fields of the bioeconomy and the circular economy from Germany, Flanders, The Netherlands and other countries.

BIG-C, initiated by the three cluster organisations BE-Basic (NL), CLIB2021 (NRW, Germany) and FISCH (Fl), aims to transform Europe’s industrial mega cluster in the Flanders region of Belgium,The Netherlands and the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia into the global leader of bio-based innovation growth. The overarching goal is a comprehensive feedstock change with a focus on regionally available, biobased and sustainable raw materials, climate protection and the safeguarding of jobs in the BIG-C region.

The kick-off meeting was the start of an initial 2year scoping phase, within which the two flagshipto-product value chains “Aromatics from woody biomass” and “C1 gases to chemicals” will be investigated as well as the horizontal flagship “Biobased economy education”. This will include detailed technology and stakeholder analyses, leading to a priorisation of best approaches for the BIG-C region. Selected projects will be realised within the subsequent implementation Phase (2018-2020). The BMBF will support CLIB2021 and German partners with up to EUR 4 Million over the next 5 years.

“The BMBF funding is an important building block to help us reach the goals of the BIG-C initiative”, says Dr. Vera Haye, project leader at CLIB2021.

Contact: Dr. Vera Haye, Cluster Industrielle Biotechnologie e.V. CLIB2021
E-mail: Tel.: +49 - 211 - 67 931 36