2017 Call

BIC finalized the Annual Work Plan 2017 (AWP 2017) with topics for the 2017 Call end of November 2016. The BBI JU Governing Board approved the AWP 2017 in December 2016.

The 2017 call was launched on 11 April 2017 and will be closed on 9 September 2017. BIC members (Full and Associate) have the benefit of defining the detailed topics and pursuing opportunities for consortia and project proposals via the BIC partnering platform as of October 2016.

The AWP 2017 moves away from a strict biomass feedstock ‘push’ based on the traditional value chains, towards a demand for biomass to enable processing to respond adequately to a ‘pull’ from the end markets. All four Strategic Orientations are covered, with the following topics:

Strategic orientation 1: Feedstock

  • BBI 2017.R1 – Valorisation of gaseous side streams from bio-based operations into chemical building blocks’
  • 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
  • BBI 2017.D2 – Integrated multi-valorisation of algae into advanced materials and high added-value additives

Strategic orientation 2: Process

  • 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
  • BBI 2017.R3 – Exploiting extremophiles and extremozymes to broaden the processing conditions to convert biomass into high-value building blocks
  • BBI 2017.F1 – Integrated ‘zero waste’ biorefinery utilising all fractions of the feedstock for production of chemicals and materials

Strategic orientation 3: Products

  • BBI 2017.R4 – Proteins and other bioactive ingredients from side streams and residues
  • BBI 2017.R5 – Novel bio-based chemical precursors to improve the performance of mass consumption products
  • BBI 2017.R6 – Competitive biodegradable, compostable and/or recyclable bio-based plastics for a sustainable end-of-life phase
  • BBI 2017.R7 – Novel secondary bio-based chemicals without significant fossil-based counterparts but with high application potential
  • BBI 2017.D3 – Breakthrough primary bio-based chemicals without significant fossil-based counterparts but with high marketability/li>
  • BBI 2017.D4 – Innovative bio-based fertilising products to increase the sustainability of fertilising practices in agriculture
  • BBI 2017.D5 – Advanced bio-based fibres and materials for large-volume applications
  • BBI 2017.F2 – Large-scale production of proteins for food and feed applications from alternative, sustainable sources

Strategic orientation 4: Market uptake

  • BBI 2017.S1 – Establish cooperation and partnership with brand owners and consumer representatives to improve the market access of sustainable bio-based products
  • BBI 2017.S2 – Identify opportunities for ICT to increase the efficiency of biomass supply chains for the bio-based industry

In terms of Technology Readiness Level, the above topics represent:
7 Research & Innovation Actions (RIA)
5 Innovation Action - Demonstration Actions
2 Innovation Action - Flagship Actions
2 Coordination & Support Actions (CSA)

The total available budget is 81 M€. More information for applicants can be found in the document BBI JU – FAQs for Call 2017