Funding News

The Bio-based industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is a €3.7 billion partnership between the EU and the private sector, the so-called Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). The BIC is a non-profit organisation set up in 2017 with close to 80 full industrial members (large companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and SME clusters) and about 150 associate members (RTOs, universities, associations and technology platforms).

With the 2018 Call for Proposals recently opening, there is a total of €150 million funding available for Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs), Innovation Actions (IAs) and Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs). The same funding rates as in Horizon 2020 apply: 100% for RIAs and CSAs; 70% for companies in IAs and 100% for all other organisation types. The topics are categorised into four so-called strategic orientations (SOs):

  • SO1: Foster supply of sustainable biomass feedstock to feed both existing and new value chains.
  • SO2: Optimise efficient processing for integrated biorefineries through R&D&I.
  • SO3: Develop innovative bio-based products for identified market applications.
  • SO4: Create and accelerate the market-uptake of biobased products and applications.

BBI JU rules and timing

Despite operating under Horizon 2020, there are a few rules that only apply to the BBI JU:

  • In Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) and Coordination & Support Actions (CSA), large companies are not eligible for funding. Here the funding is limited to entities such as SMEs or secondary and higher education establishments.
  • For certain RIAs (R4-8, R11), it is mandatory to have at least one member of the Bio-based Industry Consortium (BIC) as a project partner. BIC members will not be eligible for BBI JU funding.

The BBI JU has set up a partnering platform to enable direct commutations with other possible participants. The online tool facilitates networking to help build better consortia andgrant application, and features partnering profiles of European stakeholder organisations.

The deadline for all topics is on the 6th September 2018, with the evaluations taking until November. The results are expected for December. For any consortium wishing to reapply for funding, there are two more calls expected until 2020.

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accelopment and Joint Undertakings

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H2020-BBI-JTI-2018 call structure

  • SO1: Foster supply of sustainable biomass feedstock to feed both existing and new value chains:
    • Improve the utilisation of existing feedstock sources:
      • BBI 2018. SO1.D1 – Improve the logistical and pre-processing steps of locally sourced biomass to serve as feedstock for the bio-based industry (IA)
    • Expand the exploitation of under-utilised or new feedstock for the bio-based industries:
      • BBI 2018. SO1.R1 – Resolve logistical, infrastructural and technological challenges to valorise residual and side streams from aquaculture, fisheries and the aquatic biomass processing industries (RIA)
      • BBI 2018. SO1.D2 – Find solutions to dilution, pollution and content diversity challenges to turn mixed urban bio-waste23 into sustainable feedstock for the bio-based industry (IA)
  • SO2: Optimise efficient processing for integrated biorefineries through R&D&I:
    • Conversion of pre-treated feedstocks to bio-based chemicals and materials:
      • BBI 2018. SO2.R2 – Develop techniques and systems to improve the performance of biocatalysts (RIA)
      • BBI 2018. SO2.R3 – Introduce new technologies to make pulping operations more resource-efficient (RIA)BB
      • BBI 2018 SO2.R4 – Apply advanced biotechnologies to convert biomass that contains inhibitors into high value-added chemicals and materials (RIA)
      • BBI 2018 SO2.R5 – Develop innovative single-step processes for conversion of a biomass feedstock into multiple readily usable intermediate streams (RIA)
      • BBI 2018 SO2.R6 – Apply emerging breakthrough technologies to improve existing value chains (RIA)
      • BBI 2018 SO2.R7 – Electrochemical processes for bio-based monomers and polymers (RIA)
      • BBI 2018. SO2.D3 – Valorise sugars from the cellulosic and/or hemicellulosic fractions of lignocellulosic biomass (IA)
    • Systems modelling:
      • BBI 2018. SO2.R8 – Develop adequate computational systems for modelling the design, start-up, scaling-up and continuous improvement of bioprocesses involving microorganisms (RIA)
  • SO3: Develop innovative bio-based products for identified market applications
    • Bio-based products that outperform fossil-based counterparts
      • BBI 2018. SO3.R9 – Develop functional molecules for bio-based coatings outperforming existing products and meeting market requirements (RIA)
      • BBI 2018. SO3.R10 – Develop bio-based packaging products that are biodegradable/ compostable and/or recyclable (RIA)
      • BBI 2018. SO3.R11 – Develop technologies and systems to produce bio-based aromatics that outperform fossil-based counterparts (RIA)
      • BBI 2018. SO3.D4 – Produce biopesticides or bio-based fertilisers as components of sustainable agricultural management plans (IA)
      • BBI 2018. SO3.F1 – Produce on a large scale competitive bio-based building blocks, polymers and materials that outperform existing alternatives in identified market applications (IA)
    • Proteins and active ingredients for feed/food, pharma and cosmetics
      • BBI 2018. SO3.D5 – Produce sustainable and cost-efficient high-performance functional ingredients from alternative sources (IA)
      • BBI 2018. SO3.F2 – Large-scale production of proteins for food and feed applications from alternative, sustainable sources (IA)
  • SO4: Create and accelerate the market-uptake of biobased products and applications
    • BBI 2018. SO4.S1 – Benefit from previous and current work to create a coherent and stimulating ‘environment’ for a sustainable bio-based industry in Europe (CSA)
    • BBI 2018. SO4.S2 – Expand the bio-based industry across Europe (CSA)
    • BBI 2018. SO4.S3 – Identify opportunities to promote careers, education and research activities in the European bio-based industry (CSA)