BIG-Cluster – BioInnovation Growth mega-Cluster

The BioInnovation Growth Mega-Cluster (BIG-Cluster) is a cross-border “Smart Specialization Initiative” aiming 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 the bio-based economy.
Within the BMBF project, the first two years constituted a scoping phase, within which the value chains “C1 gases to chemicals” and “Aromatics from lignocellulosic biomass”, and activities for bio-based education were investigated. In 2018, three projects coordinated by CLIB and funded by the BMBF started: ALIGN, BioCOnversion and CROSSBEE. The BIG-Cluster initiative will not stop there, but will develop a new strategy for 2020.