On 28 April 2017, BBI JU organised its fourth Info Day in Brussels, following the official launch of the 2017 Call for proposals. Over 590 participants registered for the event in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building and more than 400 participants watched via the live streaming.
The morning was dedicated to information about the state of play for BBI JU programme, the EU’s bioeconomy strategy and the new strategic orientations for BBI JU, with key note speeches from Philippe Mengal, John Bell and Dirk Carrez. Following that, members of the BBI JU programme office team shared relevant information on participating in BBI JU’s 2017 Call for proposals, including the Call conditions and rules for participation, how to submit proposals and how these are evaluated, and finally tips and tricks to write a good BBI JU proposal.
In addition to plenty of informal networking during the breaks, BBI JU’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 800 face-to-face meetings were scheduled through BBI JU's Partnering Platform.
In parallel to the plenary session and brokerage event, BBI JU invited nine different organisations with shared links and synergies to host InfoBooths and meet BBI JU stakeholders who were participating in the event. These InfoBooths offered visibility to some other important initiatives that are relevant and complementary to BBI JU’s own funding activities.
The organisations present included the Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC), the network project BioHorizon NCPs, the network project NCPs CaRE, the ERA-NET Cofund scheme FACCE SURPLUS and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). Hosting a special cross-institutional synergies InfoBooth were the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), the PPPSustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE), the European partnership EIP-AGRI and colleagues from DG RTD who provided information on synergies with BBI JU funding and other structural funds.
The BBI JU programme office also hosted its own InfoBooth, giving participants access to individual help on Call procedures & rules, advice on levels of BBI JU funding and proposal submission.
A video stream of the event is available. Watch the 2017 BBI JU Info Day.
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