EO Bioeconomy Theme:

Supply Chain Resilience


In an era marked by global interconnectivity and rapidly evolving markets, the resilience of supply chains has become a critical issue. Recent events have starkly highlighted the vulnerabilities in our global supply chains—disruptions caused by pandemics, climate change, geopolitical tensions, and technological shifts have had profound impacts on economies and societies worldwide. The fragility of these intricate networks has revealed an urgent need for robust solutions, making supply chain resilience not just a logistical concern but a strategic imperative.

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Building global supply chain resilience through innovative R&D solutions.

This challenge presents a unique opportunity, especially in the realm of research and development (R&D). The scientific and engineering community is poised to play a pivotal role in reimagining and reinforcing supply chains. From advanced data analytics to biomanufacturing, and from sustainable logistics to AI-driven forecasting models, the potential for innovation in ensuring efficient, resilient, and adaptable supply networks is immense.

Call to Action

The CASA-Bio initiative was created to help implement the Bioeconomy Executive Order issued by the White House in September 2022. The EO laid out a vision for government-wide collaboration to advance biotechnology and biomanufacturing through foundational and use-inspired research in five thematic areas: climate change, food and agriculture, supply chain resilience, human health, and the cross-cutting advances. The goal of CASA-Bio is to bring the EO to life.

The first step in the CASA-Bio Action Plan was a set of so-called Alignment Meetings held in December 2023 in which representatives from government funding agencies, industries, and non-profits met and collaborated to identify scientific subthemes of shared interest—within each of the Bioeconomy Executive Order Themes--that we believe have high potential to advance the bioeconomy through innovative R&D. Now, it is time for step two. We invite you, the research community, to view these subthemes and consider how your research ideas could contribute. Your input will serve to help us define synergistic priority research areas that will be subjects of future research community workshops and development of road maps for addressing key challenges to advance the bioeconomy.

The nature of this challenge is inherently multidisciplinary, calling for expertise from diverse fields. Data scientists, engineers, economists, biologists, and logistics experts, among others, are essential in crafting solutions that are not only technologically advanced but also economically viable and environmentally sustainable. The aim is to build supply chains that are not only resistant to disruptions but can also adapt and evolve in the face of changing conditions.

This is a call to action for the R&D community. The future of global trade and commerce relies heavily on our ability to innovate in the face of uncertainty and complexity. Your research and developments can lead to smarter, more agile supply chain models that balance efficiency with resilience. Whether your focus is on blockchain technology, machine learning, sustainable transportation, or biotechnological production, to name just a few areas, your contributions are vital.

You have the opportunity to shape a new paradigm in supply chain management, one that can withstand the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Your work can ensure the seamless flow of goods and services, underpinning economic growth, and supporting communities across the globe. Join this crucial endeavor and be part of the movement that redefines resilience in the interconnected world of tomorrow.

Representative Subtheme Challenges:

There is an urgent need for research to enhance creation of domestic supplement chains for natural sources of critical raw materials for biofuels or biologically-derived chemicals.
Research is needed to improve sustainable economic models that integrate investment strategies and shared services, address supply-demand balance, and ensure economic viability.
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CASA-Bio is based upon work supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation under Contract No. 49100423P0058. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. National Science Foundation.
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