STRIVE is divided into three closely aligned research components that focus on transnational biomass flows and innovation transfer in selected bioeconomy sectors with an emphasis on major biomass and knowledge producing countries and regions.

I. Mapping and measuring the global bioeconomy in terms of:
a. local and national comparative advantages for sustainable bioeconomy growth
b. global knowledge transfers (innovation tracking) with bioeconomic transformation potential (e.g., industrial biotechnology, biomimicry)

II. Exploring global bioeconomy scenarios via empirical evaluations and model-based assessments of impacts of bio-based transformations and related policies or investments on national and subnational social and environmental sustainability indicators (e.g. social and ecological footprints).

III. Designing governance frameworks for sustainable bio-based commodity trade and technology/knowledge transfers.

Component 1 broadens the existing global knowledge base on drivers, conditions, and outcomes of bioeconomic transformations.

Component 2 develops integrated tools for scenario & tradeoff analyses and social as well as environmental impact assessment.

Component 3 systematically identifies governance gaps and optimal design principles of international regulatory frameworks for a sustainable global bioeconomy.