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€188M Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking 2016 call now open

The Bio-based Industries (BBI) Joint Undertaking (JU) is responsible for the implementation of open call for proposals for research and innovation actions and innovation actions, as well as coordination and support actions, in line with the Horizon 2020 rules for participation.

BBI-JU has now launched its €188M call for proposals, with a submission deadline of 8 September 2016 before 17.00 (CEST). 

In total, 27 topics can be funded via this Call:

  • 12 Research & Innovation Actions (RIAs)
  • 9 Demonstration Actions (DEMOs)
  • 2 Flagship Actions
  • 4 Coordination & Support Actions (CSAs).

See topic titles below, and a full list of topics also can be found on the Participant Portal and in the 2016 Annual Work Plan.  

For further information please visit the BBI-JU website:


KTN is here to help

If you would like to explore more how your company can get involved, or if you have a good idea and are looking for partners, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) can help you. In addition to our Industrial Biotechnology Team, we have a dedicated Horizon2020 Team who can help you to understand how the system works.

With our multidisciplinary network we can help you to find partners and we can signpost you to the leading academic groups that have relevant expertise and facilities, and experience in developing bids for EU calls and managing projects.

KTN is working closely with Enterprise Europe Network and National Contact Points. If you would like to access KTN help, please get in touch by sending us an email to, or contact a member of the IB Team directly.


  • BBI 2016.R1 - Valorisation of the organic content of wastewater as feedstock, contributing to the renewable circular economy 

  • BBI 2016.R2 - Develop consolidated bioprocesses for direct fermentation into bio-compounds for chemicals and materials

  • BBI 2016.R3 - Improve control over microorganism growth in bio-catalysis operations in order to reduce/avoid contamination without antibiotics

  • BBI 2016.R4 - Flexible biorefining technologies able to handle different feedstock, leading to new value chains or enlarging existing ones by using the same processing plant

  • BBI 2016.R5 - Advanced biomaterials for smart food packaging

  • BBI 2016.R6 - Bio-based alternatives to improve protection of human health and the environment

  • BBI 2016.R7 - Biopolymers with advanced functionalities for high performance applications 

  • BBI 2016.R8 - Emerging technologies for conversion of the organic content of Municipal Solid Waste and improving waste-to-chemicals value chains 

  • BBI 2016.R9 - Exploiting algae and other aquatic biomass for production of molecules for pharma, nutraceuticals, food additives and cosmetic applications 

  • BBI 2016.R10 – Industrial biotransformation for the production of bio-based chemicals 

  • BBI 2016.R11 – Recover and reuse enzymes to reduce costs of existing industrial processes 

  • BBI 2016.R12 - Emerging technologies for separation and purification of fermentation products to obtain high grade bio-based molecules at industrial level 

  • BBI 2016.D1 - Improve sustainability of value chains based on forest biomass and increase productivity and profitability on supply side by adapting forests to climate changes 

  • BBI 2016.D2 – Improvement and adaptation of industrial crop varieties and novel sources of biomass to diversify biomass feedstock for biorefineries 

  • BBI 2016.D3 - Valorisation of lignin and other side-streams to increase efficiency of biorefineries and increase sustainability of the whole value chain 

  • BBI 2016.D4 - New and optimised biorefinery approaches enabling the creation of local value chains in underdeveloped or unexploited areas 

  • BBI 2016.D5 – Bio-based polymers/plastic materials with new functionalities for medical, construction, automotive and textile industries 

  • BBI 2016.D6 - Valorisation of the organic content of Municipal Solid Waste and contributing to the renewable circular economy 

  • BBI 2016.D7 - Optimise technical production routes to bio-based chemicals in bio- or chemo-catalytic processes 

  • BBI 2016.D8 - New sources of proteins for animal feed from co-products to address the EU protein gap 

  • BBI 2016.D9 - Biomass production on unused land for conversion into added-value products while ‘boosting rural and industrial development’ 

  • BBI 2016.F1 - Valorisation of by-products or waste-streams from the food processing industry into high added-value products for market applications 

  • BBI 2016.F2 – Converting bio-based feedstocks via chemical building blocks into advanced materials for market applications 

  • BBI 2016.S1 – A roadmap for the chemical industry to a bioeconomy

  • BBI 2016.S2 – Bioeconomy related open access research infrastructure and assessing its capabilities for industry driven development projects 

  • BBI 2016.S3 – Open-innovation Platform strengthening cooperation and joint development of bio-based industries and downstream sectors 

  • BBI 2016.S4 – Clustering and networking for new value chains

For further information please visit the BBI-JU website:

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