Call for proposals 2018

Call identifier: H2020-BBI-JTI-2018

The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is responsible for the implementation of open Call for proposals for Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs), Innovation Actions (IAs - DEMOs and FLAGs) and Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs), in line with the Horizon 2020 rules for participation. 

Evaluation results

A total of 144 proposals were submitted in response to this Call.

The number of proposals for each type of action is shown below:

  • CSAs - 15 proposals

  • RIAs - 61 proposals

  • IA-Demo - 55 proposals

  • IA-Flagship - 13 proposals 

The evaluation of the proposals started in September 2018 and was finalised in November 2018.

Applicants were informed about the outcome of the evaluations by the end of 2018.

The successful proposals went through the Grant Agreement Preparation (GAP) phase and the deadline for the Grant Agreement signature was 6 May 2019.


As part of the panel review, hearings were organised for all submitted flagship proposals, as established in BBI JU’s Annual Work Plan 2018 to:

  • clarify the proposals and help the panel establish their final assessment and scores

  • improve the experts’ understanding of the proposals

According to the evaluation criteria for Innovation Actions (IA) and more specifically in the context of criterion ‘Quality and efficiency of the implementation’, the experts could request additional technical explanations/clarifications for the two following evaluation sub-criteria:

  • Soundness of the business case and business plan

  • Readiness of the technology for the implementation of the pilot phase, demonstration or flagship (TRL). Applicants should demonstrate the readiness of the technology for the implementation of the pilot phase. In particular, for flagships applicants must demonstrate that by the time of the submission of their application they have been operating relative demonstration scale plants at a significant production capacity.

Hearings do not permit modifications to proposals. The original submitted proposal remains the basis for final evaluation throughout.

Highlights of Call 2018

  • The 2018 call is the fifth in a total of seven Calls between 2014 and 2020.
  • 4 strategic orientations: Feedstock, Process, Products, and Market uptake.
  • Indicative budget: 115 million euros.
  • Estimated value of the in kind contributions by the members other than the Union or their constituent entities (BIC): Minimum 45 million euros.

Call timing

  • Publication of topic texts (via the Annual Work Plan 2018): December 2017
  • Call opening: 11 April 2018 
  • Call closure: 6 September 2018, 17:00 CET 
  • Proposal evaluations: October – November 2018
  • Results sent to applicants: December 2018

More information

  • The Annual Work Plan 2018, which also contains the topic texts
  • The Participant Portal, the official EU funding communication channel, gives an extensive overview of all Call information (e.g. Call documentation, how to get support regarding IPRs, IT, partner search, etc.). Please consult the PP regularly for any further updates on the Call.
  • Via the Partnering Platform, free, online profiles can be created, allowing a better interaction with other potential BBI JU Call applicants  
  • For the applicants interested in receiving professional support or advice nationally, you are encouraged to contact the respective member of the network of National Contact Points
  • BBI JU Info Day 2018 presentations and video recording
  • The ‘additional documents’ described below

Additional documents