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Thomas More - Lead partner

The Centre of Expertise Sustainable Biomass and Chemistry is one of the Thomas More research groups and is a unique collaboration that has been established between the training Agro-& Biotechnology, Chemistry and Biomedical Laboratory Technology. The research group combines various expertise in the field of sustainability, with a specific emphasis on the cultivation, processing, and application of alternative biomass. Focus lies in optimising the production of insects and microalgae, as well as maximizing the efficiency of processing these raw materials.


Aberystwyth University

The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) is an internationally-recognised research and teaching centre (of AU) providing a unique base for research in response to global challenges such as food security, bioenergy and sustainability, and the impacts of climate change. 

IBERS' scientists conduct research on genes and molecules, whole organisms and the environment.


Aliénor is a European policies consulting agency based in Brussels. Working in full collaboration with the European institutions, Aliénor monitors EU developments regarding agriculture, rural development and food quality policies and provides legal and political advice to policymakers and stakeholders. 

Aliénor promotes and disseminates the results of projects and uses its relations with policymakers and stakeholders to find support for the project.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Züchtungskunde e.V.

As a non-profit association, the DGfZ represents the areas between science, administration and practice and between the scientific disciplines of animal breeding, production, nutrition and animal health. Their main business is dissemination of research results and information.

BIC Innovation Limited

BIC Innovation Limited is an SME specializing in R&D and Innovation working with SMEs in the agri-food, bio-health, life sciences and other sectors. 

The company main strengths are R&D and Innovation, internationalization, access to finance and investment, improving productivity, cluster development. BIC Innovation is a partner for the Welsh Government, supporting growth of the agri-food sector in Wales.

Stichting Fontys

Stichting Fontys is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands and offers a variety of bachelors and masters programs in Dutch, English and German language. 

Besides the broad educational program, Fontys performs in many practice based research through all the knowledge domains. 

Currently, there are over 40 Lectorates (Research groups) active in practice oriented research with major implications for the national, regional and local business environment.


Inagro is an applied research centre for agriculture. It has a long standing tradition in applied research and individual and group advice to farmers. 

Inagro does research on broad topics of agriculture: arable farming, horticulture, aquaculture, insect rearing, energy, crop protection, fertilization,… 

Inagro has a online platform to give the farmers individual advice, based on analysis, audits and experience. They give group advice by organizing workshops, study tours, panel debates, etc.


Their mission is to inform and inspire farmers about new challenges and opportunities and to support them with the development and implementation of concrete projects. Innovatiesteunpunt reach this mission by 

  1. coaching farmers with the development of early innovation projects and grassroots ideas; 
  2. Providing answers to individual questions; 
  3. Giving standard support on general themes; 
  4. Support farmers with implementation of partnerships; 
  5. Using different types of learning modules; 
  6. Organizing

New Generation Nutrition Pro-Active

New Generation Nutrition Pro-Active is focused on education, training and consultancy in insect rearing, value chains and business opportunities. 

NGN has an extensive network in the insect sector, both in the Netherlands and internationally. 

Key business activities include training services for insect rearing entrepreneurs, rearing and business model consultancy and international projects to bring insects into local diets and animal feed applications.


Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority – is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities.

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW -carries out practice-oriented research projects on food innovations which either lead directly to new developments in companies in Switzerland and globally, or which bring improvements for our society. Researchers at the ZHAW are therefore in close contact with business partners and with public institutions. The institute for food and beverage innovations carries out research on food development and reformulation, innovations, sensory sciences and consumer insights.

Associated partners

The Belgian Feed Association

BFA strives for the general social acceptance of an economically and ecologically justified feed production. The best guarantee for the health of the present and future generations, because healthy animals ensure healthy people. BFA represents the interests of all her members (premixtures and compound feed manufacturers) in all the decision and consultative bodies.

Biif - Belgian Insect Industry Federation

Biif - Belgian Insect Industry Federation - is an international branch association, originally founded in Belgium. 

The Biif brings together actors (commercial or not) of the edible insects market, both in terms of human consumption (FOOD) and animal consumption (FEED). The members are from all over Europe.
The BiiF is committed to help and support them.

Bio Treat Center

Bio Treat Center is all about making better use of biomass.
A community of entrepreneurs active in the biobased economy developing new, sustainable products that contribute to a green society with a promising business case from biomass.

CCPA Groupe

Expert in animal nutrition and health (livestock feeds). They supply products and support their customers with their expertise on animal physiology, feed nutrition and knowledge on raw materials (as insects meal for example). 

Economic Interest Group Eurasanté

Economic Interest Group Eurasanté: is the Northern France services to a large range of stakeholders: academics, clinicians, healthcare professionals, companies, local authorities, etc.

These support services are: networking activities, design of collaborative projects, seek funding, provision of knowledge and thematic expertise, IP management, market and regulatory studies, workshops and international events.

Flanders' FOOD

Flanders' FOOD is a unique, strategy-driven platform that contributes to a more competitive, innovative and sustainable agri-food industry through innovation.

Flanders' FOOD strengthens the innovation power of the target group by increasing scientific and technological knowledge, uses an integrated approach to this end, and in this way contributes to the economic and social development of Flanders.
As a spearhead cluster for agri-food, Flanders' FOOD will further broaden the framework on which it has been working for the past 10 years. Moreover, cooperation will become (even) more important than before. The spearhead cluster agrofood will focus on cooperation across the value chain, cross-border and cross-sectoral.

Food-Processing Initiative e.V

“Connecting competences for innovative solutions!” - this summarizes best FPI ́s mission. The food cluster aims at strengthening the competitiveness and innovation capacities of companies in the food sector.

Their key objectives are:

  • Facilitating contacts across the various food chains;
  • Supporting and initiating collaborative projects for innovative solutions;
  • Dissemination and exploitation of new knowledge.

Currently the association counts 117 members.

Greenport West-Holland

Greenport West-Holland is a triple helix partnership between businesses, public authorities and knowledge institutions in West Holland. Parties work together on creating a healthy, vital and sustainable regional cluster, which comprises all businesses and organisations in food and ornamental horticulture sectors. Greenport investigates how to achieve this sustainable future, placing businesses firmly in the driving seat and with public authorities and knowledge institutions as facilitators.

Pole de compétitivité Valorial

Valorial accompanies SMEs/companies with a range of à la carte services, from shared to tailor-made, depending on the innovation issues.

Their core business: Identify, set up and support innovative collaborative R&D projects in 5 cross-disciplinary themes of excellence:

  • Food-Nutrition-Health
  • Food quality & safety
  • Production, processing and conservation technologies
  • Functional ingredients
  • Agri & Food Marketing

Welsh Government

Welsh Government: is the devolved government for Wales, making policies and laws in areas including education, health, local government, economic development, agriculture and rural affairs etc.