NRP 66 aims to develop scientific principles and practical approaches for making the renewable resource wood more readily available and widely used.

In this context, researchers are collaborating with industry to develop innovative technologies and services for the material, chemical and energetic use of wood with a view to establishing a sustainable material life-cycle management.

In close collaboration with the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI), NRP 66 facilitates the transfer of new knowledge and technologies to the practical realm based on its four thematic dialogue platforms and various communication and implementation measures.

NRP 66 pursues the following goals:

  • a broader understanding of wood-based material flows, improvements to wood supplies and decision-making aids for authorities and for the forestry and timber industries;
  • new knowledge and technologies for using wood as a basic component in chemical products and for manufacturing new composite materials;
  • further technical advances in the generation of power from wood and in using it as a material for structures and buildings;
  • competitiveness through increased added value in wood-based industries, enhanced skills and research capacities in Switzerland, and a new impetus for commercial innovation.

The NRP 66 has an overall budget of CHF 18 million at its disposal. The timeframe for the research is 5 years.

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