Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking 2019 Work Plan & Budget

The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking has released its Work Plan for the upcoming year and this includes the details of 21 topics which will be officially published in April 2019.

A copy of the Work Plan is available at https://www.bbi-europe.eu/about/reference-documents or https://www.bbi-europe.eu/sites/default/files/bbi-ju-awp-2019.pdf 

The work plan has a provisional budget of €135 Million with calls for submissions closing on the 4th September 2019.

The opportunities include 10 Research and Innovation Actions , 4 Coordination and Support Actions, 4 Demonstration Actions and 3 Flagship actions (see page 86 of the Work Plan for a description of these activities)

There are 4 priorities within the Work Plan, each with Sub-orientations and potential themes.

Please find below an overview of these.

1. FOSTER SUPPLY OF SUSTAINABLE BIOMASS FEEDSTOCK TO FEED BOTH EXISTING AND NEW VALUE CHAINS

Strategies: expand and diversify the biomass feedstock portfolio through improved utilisation of existing and new sources, aligning logistical systems to meet the demand and including the primary sectors’ actors as partners in the new bio-based value chains.

Sub-orientations and potential themes for this strategic orientation are

  • AGRI-BASED FEEDSTOCK
  • AQUATIC/MARINE FEEDSTOCK
  • BIO-WASTE AND CO2

2. OPTIMISE EFFICIENT PROCESSING FOR INTEGRATED BIOREFINERIES THROUGH RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION

Strategies: expand the utilisation of new, breakthrough processes for the pre-treatment and conversion of a variety of biomass feedstock and in downstream processing for separation and purification of new bio-based products.

Sub-orientations and potential themes for this strategic orientation are:

  • PRE-TREATMENT
  • CONVERSION OF PRE-TREATED FEEDSTOCKS TO BIO-BASED CHEMICALS AND MATERIALS
  • DOWNSTREAM PROCESSING
  • SYSTEM MODELLING

3. DEVELOP INNOVATIVE BIO-BASED PRODUCTS FOR IDENTIFIED MARKET APPLICATIONS

Strategies: increase the applicability of high value-added bio-based products and avoid price competition with fossil-based products by pursuing advanced functionalities and unmatched performance.

Sub-orientations and potential themes for this strategic orientation are:

DROP-IN BIO-BASED PRODUCTS

  • BIO-BASED PRODUCTS THAT OUTPERFORM FOSSIL-BASED COUNTERPARTS
  • ‘NEW’ BREAKTHROUGH CHEMICALS AS THE FOUNDATION FOR TOMORROW’S MARKET
  • PROTEINS AND ACTIVE INGREDIENTS FOR FEED/FOOD, PHARMA AND COSMETICS

4. CREATE AND ACCELERATE THE MARKET-UPTAKE OF BIO-BASED PRODUCTS AND APPLICATIONS

Strategies: Respond to the concerns of society about bio-based products by engaging in dialogue with societal and consumer groups on benefits and how potential risks are addressed and managed. Also, contribute to education to ensure adequate supply of needed skilled personnel for the current and future bio-based industry and research activities.

Sub-orientations and potential themes for this strategic orientation are:

  • POLICY AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS
  • PUBLIC AWARENESS AND ACCEPTANCE
  • PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DEMAND
  • EDUCATION

The Full topic list is:

 FOSTER SUPPLY OF SUSTAINABLE BIOMASS FEEDSTOCK TO FEED BOTH EXISTING AND NEW VALUE CHAINS

 Improve the utilisation of existing feedstock sources

  • BBI2019.SO1.D1 – Scale up conversion of lignin into valuable compounds for application in specific market sectors
  • BBI2019.SO1.D2 – Produce components for various materials, including for food and feed, from microalgae

 

Expand the exploitation of under-utilised or new feedstock for the bio-based industries

  • BBI2019.SO1.R1 – Use tree species and/or varieties to create new bio-based value chains
  • BBI2019.SO1.F1 – Valorise the organic fraction of municipal solid waste through an integrated biorefinery at commercial level

 OPTIMISE EFFICIENT PROCESSING FOR INTEGRATED BIOREFINERIES THROUGH R&D&I

 Pre-treatment

  • BBI2019.SO2.R2 – Develop breakthrough technologies to improve the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of pre-treatment steps within biorefining operations

 Conversion of pre-treated feedstocks to bio-based chemicals and materials

  • BBI2019.SO2.R3 – Apply microorganisms and/or enzymes to resolve end-of-life issues of plastics
  • BBI2019.SO2.R4 – Develop surface or bulk treatments for improved wood-based materials
  • BBI2019.SO2.R5 – Convert plant oils and fats into safe high-added-value products for various applications including food and personal care
  • BBI2019.SO2.F2 – Apply technological combinations to valorise all components of biomass feedstock

 Downstream processing

  • BBI2019.SO2.R6 – Improve biorefinery operations through process intensification and new end products

 System modelling

  • BBI2019.SO2.R7 – Model the composition of bio-based residual streams and its evolution to optimise its management and processing

 DEVELOP INNOVATIVE BIO-BASED PRODUCTS FOR IDENTIFIED MARKET APPLICATIONS

 Bio-based products that outperform fossil-based counterparts

  • BBI2019.SO3.R8 – Develop sustainable bio-based materials for high-volume consumer products
  • BBI2019.SO3.R9 – Develop bio-based fibres and/or functional molecules to improve the performance of textile products
  • BBI2019.SO3.R10 – Develop bio-based high-performance materials for various and demanding applications
  • BBI2019.SO3.D3 – Produce bio-based functional ingredients and additives for high-end markets
  • BBI2019.SO3.D4 – Demonstrate bio-based pesticides and/or biostimulant agents for sustainable increase in agricultural productivity
  • BBI2019.SO3.F3 – Produce high-performance bio-based alternatives to harmful products or processes to protect and enhance human health and the environment

 

CREATE AND ACCELERATE THE MARKET-UPTAKE OF BIO-BASED PRODUCTS AND APPLICATIONS

  • BBI2019.SO4.S1 – Assist brand owners to ‘switch to bio-based’
  • BBI2019.SO4.S2 – Establish methods and communication for applying mass balance principles to attribute biomass co-feedstock to products
  • BBI2019.SO4.S3 – Shaping the bio-based economy through a participatory approach.
  • BBI2019.SO4.S4 – Empower SME clusters to bring SMEs ‘across the valley of death’
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