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Programme Name: HORIZON 2020

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The general objective of Horizon 2020 is to build a society and a world-leading economy based on knowledge and innovation across the whole Union, while contributing to sustainable development. It ...

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This Priority responds directly to the policy priorities and societal challenges that are identified in the Europe 2020 strategy and that aim to stimulate the critical mass of research and innovation ...

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Identifier Code: H2020-BBI-JTI-2017


The objective of the BBI JU is to implement a programme of research and innovation activities in Europe that will assess the availability of renewable biological resources that can be used for the production of bio-based materials, and on that basis support the establishment of sustainable bio-based value chains. Those activities should be carried out through collaboration between stakeholders along the entire bio-based value chains, including primary production and processing industries, consumer brands, SMEs, research and technology centres and universities. 

Detailed Call Description:

BBI JU has organized the 2017 calls for proposals for supporting research, demonstration and deployment activities in the below calls of proposals: 

  • BBI 2017.R1 – Valorisation of gaseous side streams from bio-based operations into chemical building blocks: Validate at pilot scale in an industrially relevant environment innovative technologies to efficiently convert gaseous feedstock from bio-based operations into useable chemical building blocks for products in added-value applications in various market segments. 
  • BBI 2017.D1 –Valorisation of liquid and solid side streams from bio-based operations into high added-value products to create new feedstock for bio-based products: Demonstrate sustainable and cost-efficient processing technologies for converting side streams and co-products from bio-based operations into high added-value products and hence increase the supply of biomass feedstock. 
  • BBI 2017.D2 – Integrated multi-valorisation of algae into advanced materials and high added-value additives: Demonstrate the efficient operation of a full value chain based on micro- or macro-algae that produces valuable products (such as ingredients or additives, advanced materials, etc.). 
  • BBI 2017.R2 – Innovative technologies for the pre-treatment and separation of lignocellulosic feedstock and complex composition streams into valuable fractions while maintaining key characteristics: Validate pre-treatment technologies at pilot scale in an industrially relevant environment to allow for the separation of natural bio-based polymers while keeping their main characteristics intact. The types of feedstock included in the scope are lignocellulosic biomass and mixed streams with a complex composition. 
  • BBI 2017.R3 – Exploiting extremophiles and extremozymes to broaden the processing conditions to convert biomass into high-value building blocks: Validate at pilot scale in an industrially relevant environment innovative processes that use extremophiles or extremozymes for the efficient conversion of biomass into useable chemical building blocks. 
  • BBI 2017.F1 – Integrated ‘zero waste’ biorefinery utilising all fractions of the feedstock for production of chemicals and materials: Demonstrate at industrial level a successful and profitable bio-based plant that converts all fractions of the feedstock primarily into chemicals and materials, through a cascading approach where applicable. Proposals should specifically demonstrate the benefits versus the state-of-the-art and existing technologies. 
  • BBI 2017.R4 – Proteins and other bioactive ingredients from side streams and residues: Validate (either at lab scale, or at pilot scale in an industrially relevant environment) a sustainable process to separate and/or convert proteins and bioactive compounds from residual biomass streams originating from biomass production (such as agriculture) and conversion (such as the food/feed industry and biorefineries). The proteins and targeted bioactive compounds have functional properties other than nutritional quality (in the case of food and feed) that are important for dedicated markets. In this context, separation/extraction and/or conversion processes must ensure that the products’ quality and properties are conserved. 
  • BBI 2017.R5 – Novel bio-based chemical precursors to improve the performance of mass consumption products: Validate at pilot scale in an industrially relevant environment production routes to novel and innovative bio-based chemical precursors for mass consumption products, such as surfactants, detergents, lubricants, emulsifiers, foaming agents, sanitisers, disinfectants, binders, solvents and adhesives. 
  • BBI 2017.R6 – Competitive biodegradable, compostable and/or recyclable bio-based plastics for a sustainable end-of-life phase: Validate at pilot scale in an industrially relevant environment innovative production routes for bio-based polymers and related bio-based plastic products, following either of the following two options: 
  • BBI 2017.R7 – Novel secondary bio-based chemicals without significant fossil-based counterparts but with high application potential: Validate (either at lab scale, or at pilot scale in an industrially relevant environment) a production process for bio-based chemicals with no significant fossil-based counterpart, resulting from primary bio-based building blocks. The primary building blocks must be obtained from sustainably sourced biomass of European origin. 
  • BBI 2017.D3 – Breakthrough primary bio-based chemicals without significant fossil-based counterparts but with high marketability: Demonstrate a production process for bio-based chemicals with no significant fossil-based counterparts, originating from sustainably sourced biomass of European origin and demonstrate one application in the market at pre-commercial level. 
  • BBI 2017.D4 – Innovative bio-based fertilising products to increase the sustainability of fertilising practices in agriculture: Demonstrate the following three uses in value chains to improve the sustainability of fertilising products and practices in agriculture:
    • component materials in more sustainable fertilising products from local bio-based waste streams and co-products that fully comply with the proposed revised EU rules mentioned above and that can help to replace less sustainable fertilisers, including those currently imported; 
    • efficient bio-based biodegradable coatings for CRFs that can meet the proposed regulatory requirements on biodegradability of coatings in soils; 
    • prebiotic and/or probiotic solutions for tailored soil nutrient improvement. 
  • BBI 2017.D5 – Advanced bio-based fibres and materials for large-volume applications: Demonstrate the efficient and viable production of bio-based fibres and materials with superior technical performance and sustainability levels, but at lower production costs, in a whole value-chain approach. Their superior performance should be proven in comparison with identified benchmark materials (fossil-based or bio-based) for large-volume applications, using clear and pre-defined criteria. Benchmark counterparts should be both fossil-based and traditional bio-based products. Proposals should target relevant properties in any market sectors of large-volume bio-based products, such as packaging, textiles, construction, agriculture, the automotive industry and personal care and hygiene. Proposals should consider feedstock from different European sources, including residual streams of several origins to produce the target bio-based materials. Proposals should demonstrate solutions that comply with the relevant regulations, existing standardisation documents and validated approaches to achieve the products’ subsequent marketability. The target product should comply with all safety, quality and purity requirements set by the EU and national authorities. 
  • BBI 2017.F2 – Large-scale production of proteins for food and feed applications from alternative, sustainable sources: Produce on a large-scale food- and/or feed-grade proteins from sustainable alternative sources, such as residual streams from agriculture, other biomass production and related residual streams (like aquaculture, fisheries, or seaweed), or food industry side streams. 
  • BBI 2017.S1 – Establish cooperation and partnership with brand owners and consumer representatives to improve the market access of sustainable bio-based products: Proposals should develop the structure and procedures for and implement the cooperation of the bio-based industry and brand owners and consumers to incorporate their knowledge and expertise on market changes and trends. The aim would be to increase market acceptance of bio-based products. Proposals should seek complementarity with the projects funded under other topics to avoid overlap and promote synergies.Proposals should also involve other stakeholders who could accelerate the marketability and public acceptance of bio-based products through new policies and strategies, for example local communities, local authorities, and other industrial actors.
  • BBI 2017.S2 – Identify opportunities for ICT to increase the efficiency of biomass supply chains for the bio-based industry: Identify feasible opportunities for ICT to improve the efficiency and sustainability of supply chains through cooperation between biomass suppliers and technology providers. Proposals should cover several supply chains handling different kinds of biomass coming from multiple sources. Proposals should include a description of the (combined) feedstock and its potential for sustainable value chains. Proposals should also assess the efficiency and sustainability improvements of logistical supply chains by applying the proposed ICT solutions, including also biomass resource modelling. Proposals should also address the assembly and financing of new and technically improved equipment possibly required to collect and store feedstock for the bio-based industry, in the short time window after harvesting.

Call Total Budget: €81,000,000

Percentage of Subsidy/Co-Financing:

Research and innovation actions: Funding rate 100%
Innovation actions: Funding rate 70% (except for non-profit legal entities, where a rate of 100% applies) 

Thematic Categories: 

Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation:

Private Bodies
Non Profit Organisations
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
Educational Institutions
International Organisations

Call Opening Date: 11/04/2017

Call Closing Date: 07/09/2017

National Contact Point(s):

Research Promotion Foundation
Strovolos Avenue 123
Post Code 2042, Strovolos, Nicosia
Tel:   +357  22 205000
Fax:  +357  22 205001

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