21 April 2016
Alcide De Gasperi, Charlemagne Building of the European Commission, Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels, Belgium

On 21 April 2016, BBI organised its third Info Day in Brussels, following the official launch of the 2016 BBI Call for proposals. Over 530 participants registered for the event in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building and more than 100 participants watched via the live streaming.

The morning was dedicated to information about the BBI’s role in developing Europe’s bio-based economy, with key note speeches from Philippe Mengal, John Bell and Dirk Carrez. Members of the BBI programme office team shared lots of relevant information on participating in BBI JU’s 2016 Call for proposals, including how to apply, tips and tricks on writing a proposal, BBI Call rules, and how to submit a proposal. The BBI GREENLIGHT project, from the 2014 Call, was presented by Peter Axegård, Vice President (Bioeconomy) for INVENNTIA, who gave their example as a successful consortium and project proposal.

In addition to plenty of informal networking during the breaks, BBI’s brokerage event during the afternoon gave attendees a formal opportunity to expand their contacts through pre-scheduled private meetings. During the afternoon more than 600 face-to-face meetings were scheduled through BBI's Partnering Platform, showing a big increase from last year, allowing 200+ attendees to grow their professional networks and discuss potential collaborations.

New for this year, in parallel to the brokerage event, BBI invited six different organisations with shared links and synergies to meet BBI stakeholders who were participting in the event. These info booths offered visibility to some other important initiatives that are relevant and complementary to BBI’s own funding activities. All the info booths were fully staffed by representatives from the organisations and some even found new synergies and networking opportunities between themselves.  

The organisations present included the Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC), European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN), the BioHorizon NCP-network project, Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD). Co-hosting a special cross-institutional funding synergies info booth were the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), with the PPP Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE), and colleagues from DG RTD units F.1 (Bioeconomy) and D.2 (Advanced Manufacturing Systems and biotechnologies) who provided information on synergies with BBI JU funding and other structural funds, primarily ESIF.

The BBI programme office also hosted its own info booth, giving participants access to individual help on Call procedures & rules, advice on levels of BBI funding and proposal submission.

A video stream of the event is available. Watch the 2016 BBI Info Day.

Download the full agenda.

Download the 2016 Call for proposals brochure.


PRESENTATIONS (pdf version)


Why Europe needs a public-private partnership for bio-based industries - Philippe Mengal, Executive Director, BBI JU

Industry & European Commission perspectives BBI JU’s role in the overall EU bio-economy strategy alongside other initiatives - John Bell, Director of Bioeconomy, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

BBI JU’s impact on socio-economic benefits for Europe - Dirk Carrez, Executive Director, Bio-based Industries Consortium


The BBI JU 2016 Work Programme: BBI JU’s research priorities and novelties - Agata Pieniadz, Project Manager, BBI JU


Information on proposal submission and evaluation Rules for participation, Call conditions and evaluation process - Elisa Tesselli, Project Manager, BBI JU

Using the Horizon 2020 participant portal: from submission of proposals to evaluation - Polyvios Hadjiyiangou, Call Coordinator, BBI JU

How to write a good BBI proposal - Dieter Brigitta, Project Manager, BBI JU

Lessons learned from GREENLIGHT project - Peter Axegård, Vice-President -Bioeconomy Strategy, INNVENTIA

BBI JU’s Partnering Platform – building your networks - Momme Velmede, Executive Director, pharmABC & BBI JU Partnering Platform tool