SIMBA is involved in the Horizon Results Booster Programme alongside a cluster of four other H2020 projects: CIRCLES, MASTER, HOLOFOOOD and the CSA project MicrobiomeSupport. As part of this collaboration, the cluster named #Microbiomes4Life works together to promote the importance of microbiomes and the impact research in this field will have on EU citizens. Find out more about #Microbiomes4Life today!

AORA Marine Microbiome Working Group

The AORA Working Group is comprised of marine microbiome researchers from Canada, the European Union, and the United States of America. Work Package 6 of the EU Horizon 2020 coordination and support action initially supported this working group as part of the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA) between Canada, the European Union, and the United States of America. Apart from the network brought about by the Working Group, two other significant achievement of the working group are the AORA Marine Microbiome Roadmap and a High- Level Briefing Document.  These all arose out of three workshops that were held, in Brussels in June 2019, in Reykjavik in October 2019 and in Halifax in January 2020. A diverse group of stakeholders participated in this work and the outcome, as presented here, is a result of extensive consultation with those who directly participated in the workshops well as others that were invited to comment on the work as it progressed.

​SIMBA project partner Henk Bolhuis (NIOZ) is an active member of this group. Hear Henk lend his voice to some short videos about the importance of marine microbiomes here


SIMBA has four accompanying projects, which are funded by Horizon 2020 as Innovation Actions between 2018 – 2023. MicrobiomeSupport is one SIMBA’s sister projects.

MicrobiomeSupport has the overall objective to establish an international network of experts and stakeholders in the field of microbiome food system research, and advance the applicability and impact of microbiomes from various environments such as terrestrial, plant, aquatic, food and human/animal on the food system. MicrobiomeSupport will follow the food system approach and integrate actors and experts from all areas in circular economy of food.

Norwegian Culture Collection of Algae (NORCCA)

The Norwegian Culture Collection of Algae (NORCCA) contains a collection of 1727 alage strains. NORCCA offers access to algal strains and growth media for use in education research, innovation and business.

Nordic Center of Excellence on Bioeconomy (NordAqua)

NordAqua is a five year (2017-2022) Nordic Centre of Excellence (NCoE) funded by NordForsk through the Nordic Bioeconomy Programme. It is made up of a hub of 10 Nordic universities and research institutes, along with industrial and societal partners. The consortium gathers together world-leading Nordic scientists who are experts in microbiology, photosynthesis, synthetic biology, industrial biotechnology, medical sciences, water management, environmental research and entrepreneurship. The resultant hub enhances cross border Nordic collaborations within the sustainable blue bioeconomy. NCoE will put particular emphasis on training and on increasing both societal and political awareness of the feasibility of bio-based economy.


The Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is the project coordinator of SIMBA. Luke promotes Bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources, with four specific areas of focus: 1 Blue Bioeconomy; Boreal Green Bioeconomy; Innovative food system; BioSociety.