BioBase4SME - Project Completed

BioBase4SME Project 


Please note that this project is no longer accepting applications. 

BioBase4SME offers innovation support under the form of up to € 100,000 vouchers to be spent on innovation support services. Professional training and innovation bootcamps are also part of the offer. They will be organised in different European regions to strengthen the regional support available to entrepreneurs. These activities are all aimed at supporting the commercialisation of innovation by SMEs.

BioBase4SME is aimed at SMEs in North West Europe requiring resources, financial and/or technical help to scale up a technology and/or process and wanting to develop or improve a strong business strategy. Through the provision of innovation support services as well as training opportunities, it intends to address both technological and non-technological barriers preventing the commercialisation of innovation in North West Europe.

Seven experts of the bio-based economy have come together to offer professional training, innovation bootcamps and professional business services:

  • Scale-up and proof-of-concept,
  • Feedstocks and application testing
  • Market research,
  • Life cycle assessment,
  • Business plan review and creation
  • Social acceptance

These services are funded by the project by 50%, the remaining 50% being covered by the SME applying and benefiting from the service. Financial support can be spent on one or more of the above business services.

The BioBase4SME consortium includes the following organisations: CLIB2021 Cluster Industrielle Biotechnologie (Germany), Flanders Bio-Economy Valley (Belgium), REWIN Projecten (Netherlands), Materia Nova (Belgium), NNFCC: The Bioeconomy Consultants (United Kingdom), tcbb RESOURCE (Ireland) and l’ Association des Chambres d'Agriculture de l'Arc Atlantique (France).

NNFCC's role

As an important facilitator of the bioeconomy in the UK and in Europe, the NNFCC will share its expertise as a service provider, delivering work on sustainability assessment, market research as well as business plan review and creation.

Eligibility and application process

There is no preference for certain domains or application fields, as long as the process is bio-based. Bio-based is defined as (i) either the raw material is of biological origin, or (ii) industrial biotechnology (fermentation or biocatalysis) is used in the process. The technology being commercialised needs to have reached a TRL of four. All information shared during the application process and the project duration will be treated confidentially.

We invite you to discuss your idea with your country’s bio-agent representative. The list can be found here: http://www.​

At the NNFCC, the BioBase4SME contacts are:
Dr Adrian Higson - - Tel.: +44 (0)1904 562656

Lucy Montgomery - - Tel.: +44 (0)1904 435291

Bioeconomy Factsheets

The project has produced factsheets providing overviews of the bioeconomy innovation technology systems in each of the countries in the North West Europe region:

Project partners

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This € 5.9 million project supports the development of promising industrial value chains in the bioeconomy. 

The project BioBase4SME ( is funded under the Interreg NWE program. INTERREG NWE is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme funded by the European Commission (through the European Fund for Regional Development, EFRD) with the ambition to make the North-West Europe area a key economic player and an attractive place to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion ( It invests € 370 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in activities based on the cooperation of organisations from eight countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.



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