2020 BBI JU Call will provide over €100 million for advancing the European bio-based sector

2020 BBI JU Call will provide over €100 million for advancing the European bio-based sector

The 2020 Call for proposals of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking BBI JU is now open until 3 September 2020, 17:00 CET. With a budget of €102 million, the initiative will finance projects working on faster development of new sustainable value chains, ranging from efficient processing of biomass feedstock supply to bringing bio-based products to the market.

The funding supports four strategic orientations defined in the Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda of the European bio-based industries (SIRA): feedstock, process, products and market uptake.

What are the Call topics open for submission?

The Call covers 16 different topics divided as follows: five Research and Innovation Actions (RIA), seven Innovation Actions (four Demonstration Actions – DEMO and three Flagship Actions.

This year’s call also includes three Flagship topics, with a combined maximum budget of €47 million:

  • BBI2020.SO1.F1 – Valorise the organic fraction of municipal solid waste through an integrated biorefinery at commercial level. Budget: maximum of €15 million.
  • BBI2020.SO1.F2 – Turn lignin into materials and chemicals for high-end applications. Budget: maximum of €16 million.
  • BBI2020.SO1.F3 – Produce food ingredients with high nutritional value from aquatic sources. Budget: maximum of €16 million.

Find out more about the Call topics

What are the requirements for participation?

The requirements for submitting a proposal are detailed in the Call documents published on each topic page. You will also find there rules on funding, such as the list of eligible countries, submission rules, types of projects and their funding rates, as well as other useful information for preparing the project proposal.

How to apply?

Applicants have to submit their proposal electronically, following the link from the respective topic page. As BBI JU uses the Horizon 2020 IT infrastructure, please consult the Horizon 2020 online manual for more information on the submission of proposals. For general questions related to Horizon 2020 procedures and IT issues, please contact the Research Enquiry Service or the IT helpdesk respectively. For specific questions related to BBI JU, please contact info@bbi.europa.eu.

Where to find more information?

Take a look at the BBI JU 2020 Call booklet for more information on the topics, as well as Call submission and evaluation details.

The BBI JU Virtual Info Day on 22 April 2020 will feature presentations about different aspects of the Call, as well as interactive Q&A sessions with participants. The event will be recorded and available for playback on the Info Day page.

The BBI JU community will also have wide online networking opportunities on the BBI JU Partnering Platform where they can already schedule remote one-to-one meetings for 22 and 23 April and 12 May 2020.