2016 Call

Launched on 19 April 2016, the €189 million call for proposals closed on 7 September 2016. In total, 27 topics can be funded via this Call: 12 Research & Innovation Actions (RIAs), 9 Demonstration Actions (DEMOs), 2 Flagship actions, and 4 Coordination & Support Actions (CSAs).

A total of 103 proposals were submitted in response to the 2016 Call. The number of proposals for each type of action is shown below:

  • CSA - 7 proposals
  • RIA – 70 proposals
  • IA – Demo - 20 proposals
  • IA – Flagship – 6 proposals

The evaluation of the proposals started in September and will be finalised in November 2016. Applicants will be informed about the outcome of the evaluations by mid-December 2016. The successful proposals will go through the Grant Agreement Preparation (GAP) phase; the deadline for the Grant Agreement signature is 8 May 2017.

The topics, put forward by BIC in the 2016 Annual Work Plan were the following:


  • BBI 2016.R1 - Valorisation of the organic content of wastewater as feedstock, contributing to the renewable circular economy
  • BBI 2016.R2 - Develop consolidated bioprocesses for direct fermentation into biocompounds for chemicals and materials
  • BBI 2016.R3 - Improve control over microorganism growth in bio-catalysis operations in order to reduce/avoid contamination without antibiotics
  • BBI 2016.R4 - Flexible biorefining technologies able to handle different feedstock,leading to new value chains or enlarging existing ones by using the same processing plant
  • BBI 2016.R5 - Advanced biomaterials for smart food packaging
  • BBI 2016.R6 - Bio-based alternatives to improve protection of human health and the environment
  • BBI 2016.R7 - Biopolymers with advanced functionalities for high performance applications
  • BBI 2016.R8 - Emerging technologies for conversion of the organic content of Municipal Solid Waste and improving waste-to-chemicals value chains
  • BBI 2016.R9 - Exploiting algae and other aquatic biomass for production of molecules for pharma, nutraceuticals, food additives and cosmetic applications
  • BBI 2016.R10 – Industrial biotransformation for the production of bio- based chemicals
  • BBI 2016.R11 – Recover and reuse enzymes to reduce costs of existing industrial processes
  • BBI 2016.R12 - Emerging technologies for separation and purification of fermentation products to obtain high grade bio-based molecules at industrial level


  • BBI 2016.D1 - Improve sustainability of value chains based on forest biomass and increase productivity and profitability on supply side by adapting forests to climate changes
  • BBI 2016.D2 – Improvement and adaptation of industrial crop varieties and novel sources of biomass to diversify biomass feedstock for biorefineries
  • BBI 2016.D3 - Valorisation of lignin and other side-streams to increase efficiency of biorefineries and increase sustainability of the whole value chain
  • BBI 2016.D4 - New and optimised biorefinery approaches enabling the creation of local value chains in underdeveloped or unexploited areas
  • BBI 2016.D5 – Bio-based polymers/plastic materials with new functionalities for medical, construction, automotive and textile industries
  • BBI 2016.D6 - Valorisation of the organic content of Municipal Solid Waste and contributing to the renewable circular economy
  • BBI 2016.D7 - Optimise technical production routes to bio-based chemicals in bio- or chemo-catalytic processes
  • BBI 2016.D8 - New sources of proteins for animal feed from co-products to address the EU protein gap
  • BBI 2016.D9 - Biomass production on unused land for conversion into added-value products while ‘boosting rural and industrial development’


  • BBI 2016.F1 - Valorisation of by-products or waste-streams from the food processing industry into high added-value products for market applications
  • BBI 2016.F2 – Converting bio-based feedstocks via chemical building blocks into advanced materials for market applications


  • BBI 2016.S1 – A roadmap for the chemical industry to a bioeconomy
  • BBI 2016.S2 – Bioeconomy related open access research infrastructure and assessing its capabilities for industry driven development projects
  • BBI 2016.S3 – Open-innovation Platform strengthening cooperation and joint development of bio-based industries and downstream sectors
  • BBI 2016.S4 – Clustering and networking for new value chains 

More detailed information about the calls for proposals and successful projects can be found on the BBI JU website: