World-class Research

The region is home to internationally important research in the bioeconomy, with a track record of developing competitive bio-based products, processes and services. Hundreds of scientists and technologists are at work in universities, specialised research centres, scale-up facilities and technology institutes. Their research and development attracts worldwide recognition and major investment from grant-awarding bodies and the private sector.

Scale-up facilities for biorenewables

  • The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) offers open-access facilities that bridge the gap between the world-class science base at the University of York and the needs of industry to develop and scale up new greener processes and products.

Specialised research centres

Agricultural and horticultural research

Research partnerships and networks led from the region

  • The N8 Agri-Food Resilience Partnership combines the world-leading crop and livestock research at the N8 universities with the translational capabilities of six university farms to create a single research programme.
  • The Biomass Biorefinery Network (BBNet) will serve as a focal point to build and sustain a dynamic community of industrial and academic practitioners, working together to develop new processes for the conversion of non-food biomass into sustainable fuels, chemicals and materials.
  • High Vale Biorenewables (HVB) Network focuses on responding to the current and future needs of a multi-disciplinary research community, promoting discovery and facilitating knowledge transfer between UK academia.



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Our region

has the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, all in the UK top 20 for agri-tech and agri-science research.