2018 Call

A total of 144 proposals were submitted in response to the 2018 Call which closed on 6 September 2018.

The number of proposals for each type of action is shown below:

  • CSAs - 15 proposals
  • RIAs - 61 proposals
  • IA-Demo - 55 proposals
  • IA-Flagship - 13 proposals

The call has an indicative budget of EUR 115 million for a total of 21 topics with 11 RIAs topics, 3 CSAs, 5 DEMOs and 2 Flagships. For the first time in BBI JU Calls the RIAs include 6 RIA topics with the additional eligibility criterion that at least one participant of each consortium has to be a constituent entity of the Bio-based Industry Consortium (BIC).

The 2018 Annual Work Programme (AWP 2018) continued to focus on the need to better integrate biomass feedstock suppliers at the front end of the value chain, creating a demand for biomass feedstock from biorefining processes. Similarly, the AWP aims stimulate the building of partnerships with end market actors to create a ‘market pull’ for bio-based products for identified applications.

Strategic Orientation 1: Foster supply of sustainable biomass feedstock to feed both existing and new value chains

BBI 2018. SO1.D1 – Improve the logistical and pre-processing steps of locally sourced biomass to serve as feedstock for the bio-based industry

BBI 2018. SO1.R1 – Resolve logistical, infrastructural and technological challenges to valorise residual and side streams from aquaculture, fisheries and the aquatic biomass processing industries

BBI 2018. SO1.D2 – Find solutions to dilution, pollution and content diversity challenges to turn mixed urban bio-waste into sustainable feedstock for the bio-based industry

Strategic Orientation 2: Optimise efficient processing for integrated biorefineries through R&D&I

BBI 2018. SO2.R2 – Develop techniques and systems to improve the performance of biocatalysts

BBI 2018. SO2.R3 – Introduce new technologies to make pulping operations more resource-efficient

BBI 2018 SO2.R4 – Apply advanced biotechnologies to convert biomass that contains inhibitors into high value-added chemicals and materials

BBI 2018 SO2.R5 – Develop innovative single-step processes for conversion of a biomass feedstock into multiple readily usable intermediate streams

BBI 2018 SO2.R6 – Apply emerging breakthrough technologies to improve existing value chains

BBI 2018 SO2.R7 – Electrochemical processes for bio-based monomers and polymers

BBI 2018. SO2.D3 – Valorise sugars from the cellulosic and/or hemicellulosic fractions of lignocellulosic biomass

BBI 2018. SO2.R8 – Develop adequate computational systems for modelling the design, start-up, scaling- up and continuous improvement of bioprocesses involving microorganisms

Strategic Orientation 3: Develop innovative bio-based products for identified market applications

BBI 2018. SO3.R9 – Develop functional molecules for bio-based coatings outperforming existing products and meeting market requirements

BBI 2018. SO3.R10 – Develop bio-based packaging products that are biodegradable/ compostable and/or recyclable

BBI 2018. SO3.R11 – Develop technologies and systems to produce bio-based aromatics that outperform fossil-based counterparts

BBI 2018. SO3.D4 – Produce biopesticides or bio-based fertilisers as components of sustainable agricultural management plans

BBI 2018. SO3.F1 – Produce on a large scale competitive bio-based building blocks, polymers and materials that outperform existing alternatives in identified market applications

BBI 2018. SO3.D5 – Produce sustainable and cost-efficient high-performance functional ingredients from alternative sources

BBI 2018. SO3.F2 – Large-scale production of proteins for food and feed applications from alternative, sustainable sources

Strategic Orientation 4: Create and accelerate the market-uptake of bio-based products and applications

BBI 2018. SO4.S1 – Benefit from previous and current work to create a coherent and stimulating ‘environment’ for a sustainable bio-based industry in Europe

BBI 2018. SO4.S2 – Expand the bio-based industry across Europe

BBI 2018. SO4.S3 – Identify opportunities to promote careers, education and research activities in the European bio-based industry