Over €100 million available for advancing European bio-based sector

15 April 2020

The seventh BBI JU Call for proposals is open across 16 different topics until 3 September 2020, 17:00 CET. It makes €102 million available for projects working on faster development of new sustainable value chains, ranging from efficient processing of biomass feedstock supply to bringing bio-based products to the market.

The Call’s funding supports four strategic orientations defined in the Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda of the European bio-based industries (SIRA): feedstock, process, products and market uptake.

The proposals selected for funding will be known by January 2021 at the latest, and the grant agreements with the project teams should be signed by May 2021.

On the occasion of the Call launch Philippe Mengal, BBI JU Executive Director commented:
‘I can proudly say that the bio-based industry is maturing and our projects are delivering concrete results. We expect BBI JU projects to create more than 200 new cross-sector interconnections and 180 new bio-based value chains by the end of this year, by far exceeding the targets set in SIRA, which called for 36 interconnections and 10 value chains. I invite you to apply for the Call and join the growing BBI JU community building together a strong European bio-based sector.’

What are the Call topics open for submission?
The topics open for application are divided as follows: five Research and Innovation Actions (RIA), seven Innovation Actions (four Demonstration Actions - DEMO and three Flagship Actions - FLAG) and four Coordination and Support Actions (CSA):

Topic Type of action Indicative budget (€ million)
BBI2020.SO2.R1 — Use enabling technologies to improve feedstock availability and sustainability for the bio-based industry RIA 22
BBI2020.SO2.R2 — Develop integral fractionation of lignocellulose to produce components for high-value applications
BBI2020.SO2.R3 — Develop bio-based solutions to recycle composites
BBI2020.SO2.R4 — Extract bioactive compounds from new, under-exploited and/or recalcitrant residual bio-based streams for high-value applications
BBI2020.SO3.R5 — Improve the sustainability of coatings
BBI2020.SO1.D1 — Resolve supply-chain hurdles for turning residual waste streams into functional molecules for food and/or non-food market applications DEMO 28
BBI2020.SO1.D2 — Use biogenic gaseous carbon to increase feedstock availability for the industry
BBI2020.SO2.D3 — Upscale the production of bio-based platform molecules for larger market applications
BBI2020.SO3.D4 — Demonstrate superior bio-based packaging solutions with minimal environmental damage
BBI2020.SO1.F1 — Valorise the organic fraction of municipal solid waste through an integrated biorefinery at commercial level FLAG 47
BBI2020.SO1.F2 — Turn lignin into materials and chemicals for high-end applications
BBI2020.SO1.F3 — Produce food ingredients with high nutritional value from aquatic sources
BBI2020.SO4.S1 — Help start-ups and spin-offs to gain access to finance CSA 5
BBI2020.SO4.S2 — Provide insight on emerging technologies for bio-based value chains
BBI2020.SO4.S3 — Create and interlink bio-based education centres to meet industry’s needs of skills and competences
BBI2020.SO4.S4 — Expand circular economy to include the underexploited circular bioeconomy
Total   102

What are the requirements for participation?
The requirements for submitting a proposal are detailed in the Call documents published on each topic page. You will also find there rules on funding, such as the list of eligible countries, submission rules, types of projects and their funding rates, as well as other useful information for preparing the project proposal.

How to apply?
Applicants have to submit their proposal electronically, following the link from the respective topic page. As BBI JU uses the Horizon 2020 IT infrastructure, please consult the Horizon 2020 online manual for more information on the submission of proposals. For general questions related to Horizon 2020 procedures and IT issues, please contact the Research Enquiry Service or the IT helpdesk respectively. For specific questions related to BBI JU, please contact info@bbi.europa.eu.

Where to find more information?
Take a look at the BBI JU 2020 Call booklet for more information on the topics, as well as Call submission and evaluation details.

The BBI JU Virtual Info Day on 22 April 2020 will feature presentations about different aspects of the Call, as well as interactive Q&A sessions with participants. The event will be recorded and available for playback on the Info Day page.

The BBI JU community will also have wide online networking opportunities on the BBI JU Partnering Platform where they can already schedule remote one-to-one meetings for 22 and 23 April and 12 May 2020.