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TOPIC : Separation and extraction technologies for added value compounds from wood and forest-based residues

Topic identifier: BBI.VC2.R4-2015
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 manufacture of various forest-derived products in different biorefinery processes depends heavily on the availability of efficient fractionation, separation and purification processes. Important research and development efforts have been dedicated to the efficient separation of the major structural organic polymers of the wood matrix: cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. However, in view of maximising the value derived from forest biomass, mobilisation and valorisation of lower value feedstock such as bark and branches is required. Such feedstock is potentially a rich source of extractives such as oils, waxes, terpenes, tannins, steroidal compounds etc., which are currently underexploited due to the lack of efficient extraction and separation methods. The challenge is to expand the commercial exploitation of extractives beyond the low volume/high value applications currently available (e.g. as fragrance or flavour enhancers), such that market size matches their available volumes.


Development of innovative and efficient processes for the separation and conversion of extractives from wood and wood residues, exploiting the large variety of chemical compositions available for obtaining specialty chemicals and/or larger volume products. Different approaches (such as microwave extractions, supercritical fluids, enzymatic and/or fermentative processes) can be applied, with a focus on providing energy- and cost-efficient solutions. Proposals are expected to address mobilization and use of low value feedstock such as bark and branches. Proposals should assess the impact of the developed processes on the environmental, social and economic performance of the whole value chain when scaled up at commercial level.

It is considered that proposals with a total eligible budget between EUR 2 and 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:
  • Envisioned improved economics and model character for other biorefineries as well;
  • A 5 times higher value from residues of wood processing as compared to their heat value;
  • At least 3 new processes for the production of specialty chemicals / bulk chemicals;
  • Beneficial economic impact to forest-based sector and underpin partnerships and synergies across biorefinery related industrial sectors.
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

Standard proposal template - Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) and Innovation Actions (IA)
Standard evaluation form - Research and Innovation Actions (RIA)
BBI JU Model Grant Agreement
H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement

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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