Rural RDI milieus in transition towards smart bioeconomy clusters and innovation ecosystems, RDI2CluB –project, is part of the Interreg Baltic Sea region project family of 2014-2020 under the Priority 1 ‘Capacity for innovation’ that is dedicated to actions strengthening the ability of the Baltic Sea Region to create and commercialize innovation.
Our mission is to help rural areas in the Baltic Sea Region to reach their full potential in bioeconomy
Bioeconomy means economic activities that utilize the biological natural resources and turn them into food, energy, and other products and services. It is founded on the use of clean technologies, renewable natural resources and recycled materials. Bioeconomy makes us less dependent on fossil fuels, prevents the degradation of ecosystems, promotes economic development and creates new jobs.
The rural areas of Baltic Sea Region (BSR) have a great potential for bioeconomy as they have abundant natural resources. However, the rural regions in BSR struggle to reach their full bioeconomy potential due to limited human capital and the lack of specialized clusters and network effects that are typical for urban areas. In the rural regions, the small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in bioeconomy are mostly in traditional, resource-based industries that have not taken full advantage of latest technology and service innovations including digitalization.
DurationFrom: Oct 2017To: Sept 2020
FundingINTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020
Total budgetEUR 2.7 million
European Regional Development Fund: EUR 1.5 million
Norwegian Funding: EUR 0.4 million
CoordinatorBiotalousinstituutti, Institute of Bioeconomy Teknologia, School of Technology