About BiOrbic

BiOrbic is Ireland’s national Bioeconomy Research Centre, funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. The Centre was formally launched by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD on 19 October 2018. Researcher-led ‘platform’ projects and industry partnered ‘targeted’ projects work to develop a sustainable Irish bioeconomy that seeks to increase resource efficiency by using food processing and marine residues and side streams, and produce value-added materials and products that can be used in chemicals, materials, and nutrition. BiOrbic’s science and technology expertise complements our research on bioeconomy policy and societal and commercial perspectives.

Originally founded as the BEACON SFI Bioeconomy Research Centre, we refreshed our brand on 31 January 2020 in line with our vision, mission and strategic priorities.

Vision & Mission

Pursue excellence in research, new discovery and innovation for the bioeconomy

Build capacity with industry partners to strengthen and scale the bioeconomy in Ireland

Build a collaborative network to advance bioeconomy science and innovation

Accelerate translation of our research and transition to a circular economy

Create future leaders for the bioeconomy

Engage, inspire and involve the public with our research

Who we are

We connect and collaborate across five research performing organisations:


Contact us

T +353 (0) 1 716 2900
E info@biorbic.com
BiOrbic Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre (Head Office)
O’Brien Centre for Science
University College Dublin Belfield
Dublin D04 V1W8


BiOrbic is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund.