The Polysaccharide-based nanoparticles and beads were successfully applied in the biomedical field (e.g. pH sensing in living cells, controlled delivery of active principles) and separation science (e.g. chromatographic systems, chelating sorbents, filter materials). However, the research activities in Europe are scattered to a few research groups and were limited to incremental development so far. The consortium will cover the whole research and development field including the chemical- and physical design of the particles, biorefinery aspects, biomedical applications, and industrial products. Beyond the state-of-the art, the synergies that arise will allow establishing a clear structure property relationship for the particles with respect to the way of preparation and the starting material. Within the consortium, the fundamental knowledge gained will be directly transferred in order to solve the questions related to consumer oriented applications. Due this close interaction of the partners with different expertise and the positive feedback effects a fast and purposive development up to the small pilot scale can be clearly foreseen.