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TOPIC : Sustainable cellulose-based materials

Topic identifier: BBI.VC2.R6-2015
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:

Although market prospects of cellulose-based products in textiles, films and thermoplastics are high, their current market share is relatively small due to the environmental and cost limitations of current cellulose based processes. The need to meet tighter environmental demands and to compete with cotton and fossil based polymers calls for the development of high-cellulose content pulp, and innovative cellulose dissolution, regeneration and derivatisation processes.


Develop innovative cellulose dissolution processes and related technologies enabling the production of cellulose-based products with innovative properties. Proposals should address the processing and processability of cellulose pulp (e.g. dissolving pulp, recycled viscose, recycled cotton), into new products such as textile fibres, films, and thermoplastic materials. Developed products should be tested against conventional products, at least matching and preferably outperforming their mechanical properties in dry and wet conditions and improving environmental impact. A life-cycle assessment should be carried out in order to evaluate the environmental and socio-economic performance of the developed technologies. The feasibility of integrating the developed technologies into existing industrial processing chains should be assessed. Strong weight will be put on industrial leadership to fully exploit the developed 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 eco-friendly and cost-competitive cellulose products leading to a significant improvement in environmental performance, cost and quality as compared to established alternatives.
  • Strengthening market position of cellulose-based products by a reduction of at least 10% of investment and operating costs of newly developed cellulose-dissolving processes as compared to conventional ones.
  • Achieving technological validation of at least one of the targeted cellulose-based products to be ready for demonstration.
  • For proposals dealing with innovative textile fibres: improvement of the mechanical properties, targeting the performance of cotton and outperforming viscose fibres.
  • Enabling the realisation of relevant competitive biorefinery concept(s).
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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