• Programme: Horizon 2020, Waste (SC5)
  • Funding amount: €6.9 million, of which €704,000 for Bavaria
  • Period: 10/2016-9/2020
  • Coordinator: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (France)
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Sustainable use of agricultural waste

Biomass from agricultural waste and residues has great potential to provide society with sustainable, bio-based raw materials.

Agricultural waste materials can be reprocessed to create biomaterials, biomolecules, biofertilisers or bioenergy, for example, with the fermentation process playing a key role. However, an innovative approach is needed to ensure that the conversion process takes place in such a way that there are no harmful side effects on soil, water or air. The EU project “NoAW” (Innovative approaches to turn agricultural waste into ecological and economic assets) aims to help bring about a paradigm shift from a throw-away economy to a circular one based on recycling. The 27 European and 5 non-European project partners are working on an effective, holistic approach in order to bring the increasing amounts of agricultural waste back into economic circulation as raw materials. Through efficient use of plant and animal residues which cannot be processed into foods or feedstuffs, the project contributes significantly to the creation of a bio-based economy and is of direct benefit to the environment, the economy and society.


  • Reviewing the project content
  • Advising on the partner structure
  • Aligning the project idea with Bavaria’s Smart Specialisation strategy
  • Revising the “Dissemination/Communication” chapter

Comment on BayFOR’s contribution:

Dr. Cornelia Stramm

“BayFOR gave us very competent advice and always responded quickly and flexibly to our enquiries. For NoAW, aligning the project idea with the Bavarian “Smart Specialisation” strategy was very important – for this reason and in view of the funding policy objectives of the EU, the BayFOR staff provided us with excellent support. In addition, they advised us on the partner structure and on the format of the Impact section, which was very helpful.”

Dr. Cornelia Stramm
Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV
NoAW Project partner
Phone: +49 (0)8161 491502

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