The 2016 Annual Work Plan (AWP) of the Horizon2020 Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) contains the new Call for proposal and was last updated on April 1st. Launching of this Call is scheduled on 18th of April 2016, and closure on 15th of September 2016. Stakeholders along the bio-based value chains, including large enterprises, SMEs, research and technology centres and universities, that aim to apply to the BBI JU Call will need to be members of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).
In total, 26 topics can be funded via the 2016 Call: 12 Research & Innovation Actions (RIAs), 9 Demonstration Actions (DEMOs), 1 Flagship action, and 4 Coordination & Support Actions (CSAs).
About the 2016 AWP:
The AWP 2016 will focus on the need to better integrate biomass feedstock suppliers on the front end of the chain to create a demand for biomass feedstock from biorefining processes. Similarly, the AWP will stimulate the formation of partnerships with end market actors to create a ‘market pull’ for bio-based products for identified applications.
The AWP 2016 retains the four strategic orientations from 2015, but now links them in a matrix with three ‘vertical’ orientations and an ‘horizontal’ one, cutting across the three vertical ones. The strategic orientation ‘Cross-sectorial integration along and across value chains’ is the base mode of operation for the bio-based industry in Europe, cross-cutting the ‘vertical’ orientations’:
- ‘Sufficient and sustainable biomass feedstock supply’ at affordable prices, incorporating the feedstock suppliers as partners in the value chains.
- ‘Development of biorefinery technologies’ and processes to increase the competitive position of the bio-based industries in Europe.
- ‘Higher market demand and customer awareness’ through the development of innovative products and applications in partnership with actors in the end consumer markets and setting the framework for successful market uptake.
For more information on the annual work plan and the budget, have a look here.
About BBI JU:
The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the European Union and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). Operating under Horizon 2020, it is driven by the Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA). The European Union is represented by the European Commission (EC). BIC is a non-profit organisation that was created to represent the industry group that supports the BBI JU. Its members cover the entire bio-based value chain and consist of large industries, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), regional clusters, European trade associations, and European Technology Platforms.
Any interested stakeholders along the bio-based value chain may apply for membership at the BIC.
The objective of the BBI JU is to implement a programme of research and innovation activities in Europe that will assess the availability of renewable biological resources that can be used for the production of bio-based materials, and on that basis support the establishment of sustainable bio-based value chains. Those activities should be carried out through collaboration between stakeholders along the entire bio-based value chains, including primary production and processing industries, consumer brands, SMEs, research and technology centres and universities.
Programme homepage: The Bio-based Industries (BBI) Joint Undertaking (JU)