Synergies with other initiatives

The main BBI JU objective is to maximise the impact of the BBI JU funding to support the growth of a sustainable and competitive bio-based industrial sector in Europe. According to the Council Regulation, BBI JU should develop close synergies with other EU programmes in areas such as education, environment, competitiveness and SMEs, with the Cohesion Policy funds, the Rural Development Policy as well as the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Such synergies can help to strengthen local, regional and national research and innovation capabilities in the area of the BBI JU.

Besides BBI JU's annual calls for proposals, other support measures for European bio-based industries are also available. Below, a non-exhaustive list of such measures and initiatives is provided.


EISMEA (European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency) is an Executive Agency of the European Commission responsible for managing specific programmes in the fields of business support targeting SMEs but also energy, environment and maritime research & innovation. Its goal is to help create a more competitive and resource-efficient European economy based on knowledge and innovation. 


EEN (Enterprise Europe Network) is an initiative of the European Commission, designed to help SMEs innovate and succeed by providing a local gateway to global business opportunities. EEN mission is to help European businesses grow and innovate by providing the support and advice they need to nurture their international ambitions, find business partners and access funding and finance.


ENRD (European Network for Rural Development) is the hub that connects rural development stakeholders throughout the European Union (EU). ENRD is contributing to the effective implementation of member states' rural development programmes by generating and sharing knowledge, as well as through facilitating information exchange and cooperation across rural Europe.


ERRIN (European Regions Research and Innovation Network) is a unique Brussels-based platform of more than 120 regional stakeholders organisation most of whom are represented by their Brussels offices. The network promotes knowledge exchange between its members, focusing on joint actions and project partnerships to strengthen regional research and innovation capacities.


ESCS, the European Sustainable Chemicals Support Service, has selected 6 model demonstrator regions that can receive advisory support services from the ESCS. The purpose of this initiative is to show the way towards sustainable chemical production in Europe, taking advantage of domestically available feedstock such as biomass, waste or CO2. More information about the 6 selected regions can be found on DG GROWTH's website.


ESIF, the European Structural and Investment Funds, is the European Union's main investment policy tool. For more information on how to combine BBI JU and ESIF funding, please consult the 'Guiding Principles' commissioned by the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).

Synergies and complementarities with ESIF have been identified to strengthen national and regional research and innovation capabilities in the context of smart specialisation strategies (S3). Complementarities between the BBI JU funding programme and ESIF represent an important opportunity for these regions that have identified - among their S3 priorities - activities oriented to supporting the bio-based industries.


FACCE SURPLUS (Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems) is an ERA-NET Cofund, formed in collaboration between the European Commission and a partnership of 15 countries in the frame of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI). FACCE SURPLUS is committed to improving collaboration across the European Research Area in the range of diverse, but integrated, food and non-food biomass production and transformation systems, including biorefining.


PRIMA is the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA). It funds research and innovation through competitive calls to build R&I capacities and to develop knowledge and common innovative sustainable solutions for agro-food systems. It supports an integrated water provision and management in the Mediterranean area, to make those systems and that provision and management more climate-resilient, efficient, cost-effective and environmentally and socially sustainable, and to contribute to solving water scarcity, promoting food security, nutrition, health, well-being and addressing migration problems upstream.


SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency) is a contractual public-private partnership established as a cross-sectorial initiative involving the eight main players in the EU's process industries: chemicals, steel, engineering, minerals, non-ferrous metals, cement, ceramics and water. 

Over the past years, BBI JU and SPIRE have been jointly exploring collaborative ways of maximising their impact. Since 2016, these two public-private partnerships established a Joint Working Group with the objective of working at several levels: strategic (towards synergies at the level of SIRA, SPIRE road map and BBI/SPIRE work programmes); implementation (towards synergies between funded projects); and dissemination and stakeholders' networking (towards dissemination of information and promotion of networking between SPIRE and BBI communities).

The last meetings have confirmed the effectiveness of the collaborative work towards the future of both initiatives under Horizon Europe, ensuring complementarities, coherence and mutual understanding. The commitment to work in cooperation has been demonstrated by its participants, enabling full alignment of the respective SIRAs & roadmaps of SusChem/BIC/SPIRE in order to avoid overlaps and maximise synergies.

If you would like to add another support measure to this list, please use the contact form to notify BBI JU.