The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) was officially established under EU Council Regulation No 560/2014 of 6 May 2014. It is an independent legal entity that manages the public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Commission and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).
BBI JU Governance
The Governing Board is the main decision-making body of the BBI JU. It is composed of five representatives from the European Commission and five representatives from BIC.
The Executive Director, supported by the Programme Office, is responsible for the day-today management of the BBI JU, supported by two advisory bodies, the States Representative Group and the Scientific Committee.
The BBI Programme Office is responsible for the implementation of open calls for proposals for research and innovation actions and innovation actions, as well as coordination and support actions, in line with the Horizon 2020 rules for participation. Any eligible institution may become a participant or a coordinator in the selected projects.
More information can be found on the BBI JU website
BBI JU Calls for proposals
A sustainable growth of the bio-based economy requires a dedicated and balanced approach addressing specific common research and innovation challenges, while integrating and demonstrating cooperation between stakeholders over different disciplines and value chains. These key challenges have been grouped into three types of projects, as follows:
- Demos (TRL* 6-7) & flagships (TRL 8): value chain demonstration projects aiming towards integration and deployment of technologies and R&D results into actual value chains and bringing technology close to commercial scale through upscaling in demonstration activities and flagship projects;
- RIAs (Research & Innovation Actions) - TRL 4-5: R&D projects focused on filling the gaps in technological innovations: dedicated projects on the development of specific technologies and concepts needed to realise the value chains, and proving the principles in pilot installations;
- CSAs (Coordination and Support Actions): supporting projects, addressing the cross-cutting challenges and supporting the value chains to become reality.
- TRLs (Technology Readiness Levels) are used to estimate the maturity of a technology. Using a scale from 1 to 9, technologies are ranked from 1 (basic principles observed) to 9 (actual system proven in operational environment, e.g. competitive manufacturing).
Detailed information can be found on the BBI JU website.