The 7th BBI JU call for proposals (Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking) is open from 15 April to 3 September 2020. A total budget of EUR 102 million will fund 16 research and innovation topics in the field of bioindustries.
The BBI JU in a nutshell
Launched in 2014, the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking is a public-private partnership between the European Commission and the Bio-industries Consortium. It aims at contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions and combating climate change by developing sustainable and competitive bioindustries in Europe. The approach: the development of advanced biorefineries that source biomass sustainably.
Therefore, the BBI JU launches calls for proposals every year to fund collaborative research, development and innovation projects. The topics cover the entire bio-industrial value chain, from primary biomass production, process industries and market uptake.
The 2020 BBI JU call
With a total budget of EUR 102 million, the 7th BBI JU call is open since 15 April 2020. This one-stage call comprises 16 research topics within 4 strategic orientations:
- Market Uptake
There are several types of actions, according to the Technology Readiness Level (TRL):
- TRL 3-5: Research and Innovation Actions (RIA);
- TRL 6-8: Innovation Actions (IA) of 2 types: Demonstration (IA-DEMO) or Flagships (IA-FLAG) actions;
- With no TRL conditions: Coordination and Support Actions (CSA)
Below, the complete list of research topics:
- BBI-2020-SO1-D1: Resolve supply-chain hurdles for turning residual waste streams into functional molecules for food and/or non-food market applications. Budget per project: 7 M€. Innovation Action.
- BBI-2020-SO1-F1: Valorise the organic fraction of municipal solid waste through an integrated biorefinery at commercial level. Budget per project: 15 M€. Innovation Action.
- BBI-2020-SO1-D2: Use biogenic gaseous carbon to increase feedstock availability for the industry. Budget per project: 7 M€. Innovation Action.
- BBI-2020-SO1-F2: Turn lignin into materials and chemicals for high-end applications. Budget per project: 16 M€. Innovation Action.
- BBI-2020-SO1-F3: Produce food ingredients with high nutritional value from aquatic sources. Budget per project: 16M€. Innovation Action.
- BBI-2020-SO2-R1: Use enabling technologies to improve feedstock availability and sustainability for the bio-based industry. Budget per project: 2-5 M€. Research and Innovation Action.
- BBI-2020-SO2-R2: Develop integral fractionation of lignocellulose to produce components for high-value applications. Budget per project: 2-5 M€. Research and Innovation Action.
- BBI-2020-SO2-R3: Develop bio-based solutions to recycle composites. Budget per project: 2-5 M€. Research and Innovation Action.
- BBI-2020-SO2-R4: Extract bioactive compounds from new, under-exploited and/or recalcitrant residual bio-based streams for high-value applications. Budget per project: 2-5 M€. Research and Innovation Action.
- BBI-2020-SO2-D3: Upscale the production of bio-based platform molecules for larger market applications. Budget per project: 7 M€. Innovation Action.
- BBI-2020-SO3-R5: Improve the sustainability of coatings. Budget per project: 2-5 M€. Research and Innovation Action.
- BBI-2020-SO3-D4: Demonstrate superior bio-based packaging solutions with minimal environmental damage. Budget per project: 7 M€. Innovation Action.
- BBI-2020-SO4-S1: Help start-ups and spin-offs to gain access to finance. Budget per project: 1,5 M€. Coordination and Support Action.
- BBI-2020-SO4-S2: Provide insight on emerging technologies for bio-based value chains. Budget per project: 1 M€. Coordination and Support Action.
- BBI-2020-SO4-S3: Create and interlink bio-based education centres to meet industry’s needs of skills and competences. Budget per project: 1,5 M€. Coordination and Support Action.
- BBI-2020-SO4-S4: Expand circular economy to include the underexploited circular bioeconomy. Budget per project: 1 M€. Coordination and Support Action.
The BBI JU operates according to the Horizon 2020 principles. Therefore, the same eligibility conditions apply!
However, some differences apply for the following actions:
- RIAs and IAs: at least 3 organisations based in 3 different EU Member States and/or Associate Countries.
- CSAs: at least one legal entity based in a EU Member State or Associated country.
- RIAs and CSAs: large companies are not eligible for funding.
To submit your proposal online on the Participant Portal (Funding & Tender Opportunities), click here. Find the BBI JU call for proposals you are interested in to start completing your application online.
A few tips to write your proposal
On April 22nd, the BBI JU organised a virtual Info Day dedicated to the Call 2020, which can be viewed online here. This Info Day present the content of the different topics and the modalities to submit your proposal.