RuralBioUp - Empowering EU Rural Regions to scale-Up and adopt small-scale Bio-based solutions: the transition towards a sustainable, regenerative, inclusive and just circular bioeconomy is a Horizon Europe project which aims to strengthen the cooperation among regional key actors and knowledge holders, empowering them to establish an inclusive and long-lasting ecosystem (the RuralBioUp Regional Hubs) to support the mainstreaming of bio-based business models in rural areas. In particular, RuralBioUp will establish 9 Regional Hubs (30 stakeholders per Hub) in 6 EU countries (IT, CZ, FR, LV, IE, RO), that will co-design and implement 9 Action Plans on 18 value chains with the aim to improve the bioeconomy and boost rural development at regional and local level.


The specific objectives of the RuralBioUp partnership are:

  • Support to 1.000 innovators through networking events and study visits and foster 50 new collaborations (e.g. partnership agreements between companies and/or farmers, solutions funded, etc.) to adopt small-scale bio-based solutions in rural areas
  • Exploit synergies between existing EU networks (EuBioNet, BioEast, etc.), clusters, and regional organisations and propose different rural business models and new bio-based value chains in the targeted regions, through the realisation of a digital tool (the RuralBioUp One-Stop-Shop) supporting regional actors to take science-based and informed decisions.



Starting date                              01 October 2022
Project duration 36 months
Number of partners 12; APRE (IT), LOBA (PT), SPRING (IT), LGCA (IT), CE (EE), ZSI (AT), ART (CZ), IBF (IE), VEGEPOLYS (FR), IPE (RO), ITABIA (IT), SILAVA (LV)


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Funded by the European Union