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TOPIC : Valorisation of aquatic biomass

Topic identifier: BBI.VC3.R9-2015
Publication date: 25 August 2015

Types of action: BBI-RIA Bio-based Industries Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
25 August 2015
Deadline: 03 December 2015 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The use of ‘blue’ biomass such as algae, microalgae and aquatic plants for high value applications such as food ingredients, polymers, feed proteins, cosmetics, pharma and nutraceuticals represents a promising means of reducing Europe’s dependence on imports (e.g. fish, vegetable oils, proteins for animal feed) and diminishing the pressure on land resources. The integrated production of other bulk products together with the targeted high value added products could increase the cost competitiveness of the biorefinery concept. Although the production of biomass from a number of cultured algae and aquatic plants has been proved at pilot scale, the challenge is to reduce the costs of the extraction and conversion processes in order to achieve cost-competitive concepts.


Development of innovative multi-step approaches for the separation of the chemical components present in aquatic biomass and their cascading conversion, maximising the valorisation of biomass components into high added value applications such as ingredients for food, polymers, feed proteins, cosmetics, chemicals, pharma, nutraceuticals. Proposals should include the optimisation of the separation, extraction and purification processes and evaluation of the bioactive (e.g. nutritional, antimicrobial and antibiotic) properties in view of their application in the corresponding markets. A life-cycle assessment of the entire process should be performed, taking into account requirements from the addressed markets. Proposals should assess the impact of the developed processes on the environmental, social and economic performance of the whole value chain. Strong weight will be put on industrial leadership to fully exploit the developed products/processes.

It is considered that proposals with a total eligible budget in the range of EUR 2-5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals with another budget.

Expected Impact:
  • Delivering a robust scientific and technological basis for substantiating strategic decisions for the industrial development of algae for high added-value products.
  • Decreasing dependency on imports of vegetal and fish oil and proteins for animal feed.
  • Depending on the developed cascading concept, proposals will contribute to one or several of the following impacts:
    • Technological validation of high value products from aquatic biomass for aquatic biomass.
    • Technological validation of products for the food and feed markets with high nutritional content, at least a 40% higher content in amino acid than wheat and rice and up to 30% higher than soy.

Technological validation of products with high digestibility (at least 50% protein assimilation) and/or high functional value (binding, gluten replacement, gel forming);

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes  of the General Work Programme.

3. Evaluation

3.1 Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes  of the General Work Programme, with the exceptions described in part 3.5.7 of the BBI JU Annual Work Plan 2015.

3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process and the BBI JU Calls 2015 - Guide for applicants.

4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

Information on the evaluation outcome: maximum 5 months after the proposal submission deadline.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months after the proposal submission deadline.

6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

Specific provisions and funding rates: described in part 3.5.5 of the BBI JU Annual Work Plan 2015

7. Additional provisions:

Technology readiness levels (TRL): described in Part G of the General Annexes to the EC Work Programme.

8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

9. JTIs additional documents

BBI JU Work Plan 2015
BBI JU Scientific Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA)
Horizon 2020 Rules for participation
BBI JU Derogation to H2020 Rules for Participation
BBI JU Regulation of establishment

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