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TOPIC : Tailoring tree species to produce wood designed for industrial processes and biorefining purposes

Topic identifier: BBI.VC2.R7-2015
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 forest sector can enhance its revenues by expanding its traditional businesses beyond the traditional cellulose value chain towards an encompassing biorefinery concept aimed at the integral use of wood components for their conversion into a variety of added-value biomaterials and green chemicals. However the chemical structures naturally occurring in wood pose important challenges when it comes to wood processing. A twofold research and innovation effort is needed to tackle not only the development of downstream technologies aimed at improving wood processing, but also the engineering and generation of wood feedstock with a chemical structure optimally designed for subsequent processing steps.


Development of tree varieties with high production rates and tailored chemical structure, that will improve the economy and sustainability of wood processing, while enhancing downstream processing into chemicals and/or new materials. Proposals should include innovative solutions for the engineering of the chemical components of wood in such a way that it facilitates wood processing and/or yield chemical structures customised for industrial needs of the growing biorefinery sector. Proposals should address the full value chain from generation of the new tree feedstock to the pre-industrial evaluation and validation of the quality and the safety of produced wood (including by-products) according to application requirements, so enhancing the value of the developed products. A life cycle assessment should be carried out in order to evaluate the environmental and socio-economic performance of the new value chain.

Proposals should provide evidence that the new technologies could be commercially implemented in Europe within a reasonable time frame. Strong weight will be put on industrial leadership with view to achieve the full exploitation of the developed products/processes. Involvement of end-users could be considered to help assure the viability of the developed concepts in the value chain.

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:
  • Novel wood properties that increase the efficiency of wood-based biorefineries and decrease the use of energy during wood processing by at least 30%.
  • Increase the overall profitability of forest-based sector, tree growers and forest owners throughout Europe thanks to better valorisation of wood by-products.
  • Contribution to a secure and sustainable supply of lignocellulosic biomass for European biorefineries.
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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