The European Commission’s initiative BBI-JU (Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking), is a public-private partnership between the European Union and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). BIC’s vision is based on accelerating the innovation and market processes of bio-based products, while aiming to position Europe as a world leader in bio-economy, where complex compounds of biological origin and renewables (bio-based building blocks) generate a series of value-added products for the advanced materials, chemicals and biofuels sector.
This initiative aims to contribute to a more resource-efficient and sustainable low-carbon economy, increasing economic growth and employment, in particular in rural areas, through the development of sustainable and competitive bio-based industries in Europe, based on advanced biorefineries that obtain their biomass in a sustainable manner and in particular in:
Demonstrate technologies to obtain new chemical building blocks, new materials and consumer products from European biomass, replacing the need for fossil fuels;
Develop business models that integrate economic actors along the value chain from biomass supply to biorefinery plants to consumers of materials, chemicals and fuels of biological origin, including by creating new inter-sectoral linkages and supporting inter-industry clusters; and
Establish flagship biorefinery plants that deploy technologies and business models for the production of new materials, chemicals and biofuels and demonstrate improvements in cost and performance to levels that are competitive with fossil-based alternatives.
The BBI-JU platform is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the annual call for research and innovation projects in different typologies: RIAs (Research and Innovation Actions), IAs (Innovation Actions – DEMOs and FLAGs), CSAs (Coordination and Support Actions), in line with the participation rules of the H2020 framework programme. All areas of research and innovation are reflected and detailed in the annual Work Plan.
The four strategies for bio-industry in Europe:
1. Encourage the supply of sustainable biomass feedstock to feed existing and new value chains
Validate a wider range of biomass for use as feedstock, improve logistics and interconnect the value chain, including the primary and agricultural sector and end users.
2. Optimise the efficient processing of integrated biorefineries through research, development and innovation:
Improvement of logistic management processes, pre-treatment, separation, extraction and purification. Improvement of the technological part of transformation and valorisation.
3. Develop innovative bio-based products for identified market applications:
To increase the use of products with high added value in defined markets and which avoid competing with products of fossil origin, due to their high degree of functionality and new developments.
4. Create and accelerate market adoption of bio-based products and applications
Dissemination and communication between the different actors of production, consumption and society, on the advantages (and risks) of new products of biological origin, including educational aspects on the European biorefinery industry.
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The “Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)” is a 3.7 billion euro public-private partnership between the EU and the Consortium of Bio-based Industries (BIC). This EU body, which operates within the framework of Horizon 2020, is governed by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the industry.
The objectives of BBI are to contribute to a more resource-efficient and sustainable low-carbon economy, to increase economic growth and employment, in particular in rural areas, through the development of sustainable and competitive bio-based industries in Europe, based on advanced biorefineries that obtain their biomass in a sustainable manner.
Participation in a proposal requires the existence of a legal entity. For the purposes of the BBI JU calls, two different types of organisations can be distinguished according to their sector:
Organisations are considered to belong to the academic sector if they have been assigned to one of the three categories mentioned below:
Public or private higher education establishments that award academic degrees;
Non-profit research organisations, public or private, whose main mission is research;
International organisations of European interest
The BBI JU programme operates under the Horizon 2020 Participation Rules, set out in Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 laying down the rules for participation and dissemination in “Horizon 2020 – the Research and Innovation Framework Programme (2014-2020)” and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1906/2006.
General Annexes, Parts A, B and C of the Work Programme Horizon 2020 2018-2020 will apply mutatis mutandis to the call covered by the Work Plan
TYPE AND AMOUNT OF FUNDS
In 2020 the call has an indicative budget of 102 million euros for a total of 16 topics, and divided by actions: 5 RIAs, 4 CFSs, 4 DEMOs and 3 FLAGs.
Typology: “Grant”, with maximum amounts depending on the topic and type of action (see work plan)
The eligible costs for all types of action are in accordance with Financial Regulation No 2018/1046 and the Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation Regulation No 1290/2013. Furthermore, as researchers in training or on gender issues serve the policy objectives of Horizon 2020 and are necessary for the implementation of the R&D actions, applicants may include in their proposal such activity and the corresponding estimate of costs that may be eligible for EU funding
General Annexes, Part D of the Work Programme Horizon 2020 2018-2020 will apply mutatis mutandis to the call covered by the Work Plan.