One of the main tasks of IWBio is to represent the white biotech-industry in applied research activities on microorganisms and provide advice and support to research-promoting institutes and bodies in the conception and implementation of research programs. In addition to this, IWBio also provides information and promotes knowledge transfer between members and research centers. As a platform for interested corporations, IWBio supports their endeavors to participate in biotechnological research funding programs provided by the federal government and the State Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). Furthermore IWBio provides a forum for information exchange between research networks and research centers on one side and industry on the other.
In close coordination with academic research groups, IWBio develops new areas of research within white biotechnology. In close cooperation with the BMBF, these proposals are assessed for eligibility for partial funding. The first projects with a total volume of 42 million Euro over five years, funded in equal parts by the BMBF and industry, have already been endorsed by an international expert committee. Funds for these projects were approved in 2007.
Two additional funding phases were established in 2008 and 2009 within the BMBF research initiative "Industrial genome research on micro-organisms - GenoMik-Industry". The current volume of all BMBF funded research projects organized within the IWBio totals about 80 million Euro.
The IWBio executive committee regularly convenes with the BMBF and Project Management Jülich. These activities are an essential contribution towards advancing white biotechnology in Germany, which currently plays a pioneering role in both academic research and in the industrial implementation of this technology. Industry and BMBF will be providing a total of 600 million Euro in the next ten years for white biotechnology research projects. Member companies meet regularly several times a year to exchange information and ideas and discuss the development of various funding initiatives.