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TOPIC : Lignocellulosic feedstocks into chemical building blocks and high added value products

Topic identifier: BBI.VC1.D1-2015
Publication date: 25 August 2015

Types of action: BBI-IA-DEMO Bio-based Industries Innovation action - Demonstration
Opening date:
25 August 2015
Deadline: 03 December 2015 17:00:00

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

Lignocellulosic feedstock represents an important reservoir for the production of chemical building blocks and high added value products, which are now largely based on fossil resources or on the conversion of sugars extracted from food crops. It can be derived from many different sources such as such as agricultural and agro-industrial residues, forest or forest industry residues, woody crops and residues from existing biomass conversion plants. Their use alleviates competition with food production and increases income opportunities, especially in the agricultural and forest sectors. Technological solutions exist at pilot scale for the conversion of lignocellulosic feedstock into chemicals and high added value products. However, further technological development in terms of improving energy consumption and yields is needed with view to optimise the environmental impact and demonstrate their cost-competitiveness.


Demonstration of the techno-economic viability of the conversion of lignocellulosic feedstock into 2nd generation sugars and lignin in a cascading approach, and further into chemical building blocks or high added value products. Proposals should address one or both of the following applications:

(i) Di-carboxylic acids from lignocellulosic sugars and their further conversion to end-products.

(ii) High added value products from lignocellulosic raw materials like high value fermentation products, (fine) chemicals, polymers, food additives or pharmaceuticals.

Proposals should identify the most effective feedstock/process combinations and will address, where relevant, the presence of inhibitor compounds affecting the conversion processes. Products and processes should be benchmarked against fossil based alternatives and/or conventional biomass-based products in terms of cost-competitiveness, quality and sustainability. Proposals should include activities to assure economical and sustained access to sufficient sustainable raw material to set up the new value chain. In order to meet the market requirements, the verification and validation of safety, quality and purity of end products should also be considered. Proposals will assess product demand and will consider market pull related activities (e.g. standardisation, consumers’ perception) aimed at facilitating the market uptake of the developed products. A life-cycle assessment on the environmental and socio-economic performances of the developed processes and products should be carried out. The leading role of relevant industrial partners is considered essential to achieve the full impact.

It is considered that proposals with a total eligible budget of up to EUR 15 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:
  • Reducing the environmental impact and CO2 footprint with respect to traditional processes (either fossil based and/or produced from conventional feedstock).
  • Products that have a 2 - 3 times higher value than current products from these raw materials.
  • Demonstrating of at least 2 bio-based products, showing favourable competition with their fossil-based counterparts with respect to cost-competitiveness, sustainability and performance.
  • Improving process parameters (e.g. conversion, yield) as compared to currently available processes.
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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