1) Foster the supply of sustainable biomass feedstock to feed both existing and new value
chains. Strong efforts will be invested on involving and encouraging actors from the primary
sector as the first link of new value chains.
2) Optimise efficient processing for integrated biorefineries through R&I.
3) Develop innovative bio-based products for identified market applications.
4) Create and accelerate the market-uptake of bio-based products and applications.
The 2018 Annual Work Plan has a budget of €115 M distributed across 21 topics that covers all levels of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs): Research and Innovation Actions (RIA), Demonstration Actions (DA), Flagship Actions (FA), and Coordination and support actions (CSA). Here you can read in detail all topic descriptions and indicative budgets. Regarding budgets associated to each type of action and the number of projects expected to be funded, here is a brief summary:
- 6 RIAs topics of €1-2.5M with an estimated funding for 1-2 projects under each topic.
- 5 RIAs topics of €2-5M with an estimated funding for 1-2 projects under each topic.
- 5 DAs topics with €7 M associated. Only one project per topic is expected to be funded.
- 2 FAs with €21M associated. Only one project per topic will be funded.
- 3 CSAs topics with €2M budget associated. Only one project per topic will be funded.
We should remark that proposals under some specific topics (BBI 2018 SO2.R4,BBI 2018. SO2.R5, BBI 2018. SO2.R6, BBI 2018. SO2.R7, BBI 2018. SO2.R8, BBI 2018. SO3.R11) will be requested to have at least one constituent entity of the Bio-based Industry Consortium (BIC) in its proposed consortium. How to become a BIC member? Any company performing activities in line with the BBI JU spirit and objectives is welcome to join BIC. As consortium members, companies must pay an annual fee, which amount will vary depending on the company size and resources. Thematic or regional clusters can also become members and benefit from distribute the annual fee along cluster members. Being part of BIC presents valuable advantages, including access to first-hand information, discounts for major events, easy contact with other European companies for promoting collaborations, better access to European financial instruments, and the chance to participate in the strategic roadmap definition of the bio-based industries and the annual work plans. Here you can check the profile and activities of all companies currently belonging to the BIC.
The BBI JU 2018 call is expected to be open from 11 April to 6 September. On average the success rate is around 30%, very attractive compared to other H2020 calls. If you are interested you have plenty of time to start searching partners and topics that most fit with your core (or desired) activities! Don’t miss the Info Day & Brokerage event that will be held on April 17th in Brussels, a very exciting experience to find partners and get deep knowledge of the call specifications.
R&I Consultant at RTDI