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TOPIC : High purity bio-based intermediates and end products from vegetable oils and fats

Topic identifier: BBI.VC3.D4-2015
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:

Vegetable oils and fats represent a promising feedstock for the production of added value products. They can be used as a substrate for biopolymers, both for replacing their petrochemical counterpart, but also to deliver improved or completely new functionalities, opening up the possibility of new applications and markets. In addition, fatty acids derived from vegetable oils are used in high demanding applications such as cosmetics and nutraceuticals. However, the challenge is posed by the high temperature conversions processes currently used which cause the presence of undesired impurities - that can only be removed by costly purification steps, and which affect the cold stability of products. Also the lack of high efficiency purification and separation processes enabling an integral recovery of products is hinders the cost-efficiency and sustainability of the whole value chain.


Demonstration of techno-economically viable processes for the conversion of vegetable oils and fats in a cascading approach into one or more of the following products segments:

  1. Chemical building blocks using olefin chemistry for the production of tailor made biopolymers for applications such as surfactants, detergents, cosmetics, paints, lubricants, resins and high-value plastics;
  2. High purity intermediates and end products, used in high demanding applications such as cosmetics and nutraceuticals with improved nutritional properties, through the use of innovative and reproducible conversion technologies (e.g. biotechnological or thermal) coupled with high efficiency separation and purification steps.

Proposals should include activities to ensure economical and sustainable access to optimal raw material sufficient to set up the new value chain. Proposals should aim to maximise the yield and purity of the developed chemical building blocks, intermediates and end-products. Safety, quality and purity of the developed products should be verified and validated. Proposal will assess products 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 should be carried out in order to evaluate the environmental and socio-economic performance of the developed products, including land use. Proposals are expected to target suitable scale for demonstration and to show a credible path for the subsequent scale up into a first of its kind commercial process. Proposals should seek synergies with existing EU funded projects on oil crops. 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:
  • Demonstration of at least 3 new fatty acids and oil based products.
  • Demonstrate new processes along the whole value chain with the following advantages with respect to existing ones:
    • Cost reduction and increased process efficiency for the products in the range of 50%.
    • Reduction of more than 50% in energy consumption.
    • Reduction of 15% in water consumption.
    • Reduction of unwanted by-products or pollutants in intermediates to a fraction below 5% in weight.
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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