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TOPIC : Practices increasing effectiveness of forest management

Topic identifier: BBI.VC2.R5-2015
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:

Enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of wood mobilisation (from planting of the tree to the harvesting phase and extraction from the forest) is a prerequisite for increasing the productivity, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the European forestry sector. Challenges include improving the efficiency of planting, harvesting and collection (which still largely rely on manual work), wood preparation and pre-processing, wood harvesting logistics, seasonal inaccessibility of wood resources (e.g. linked to soil disturbance), and assuring soil preservation.


Development of improved methods aimed at achieving higher productivity in forest operation processes such as higher production of wood and lower impact on the environment (damage to trees and ground). Proposals should consider aspects including forest regeneration and preservation of soil quality and should contribute to sustainable forest management in line with the new EU Forest Strategy COM (2013) 659. Proposals could address knowledge-based resource management, automation and mechanisation of processes, soil preparation, planting, harvesting, collection and transportation. An assessment of the environmental and socio-economic performance of the developed methods on the whole value chain should be carried out. 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:
  • Improving efficiency in silviculture and harvesting operations.
  • Improving accessibility to wood resources leading to a significant increase in productivity in forest operations over a representative period of time: a 1% annual increase in forest growth, projected on a 20 year period, would yield 22% increase with respect to the original volume, roughly equivalent to 2 years of forest growth gained.
  • Increasing forest operations output while minimising environmental impacts: reducing soil disturbance, more efficiently performed thinning and/or more efficiently extracted grot (residuals).
  • Reducing fuel consumption in the forest harvesting process by at least 15%.
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 inPart 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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