BEACON 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. BEACON’s science and technology expertise complements our research on bioeconomy policy and societal and commercial perspectives.
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:
BEACON is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund.