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TOPIC : Advanced bio-based fibres and materials for large-volume applications

Topic identifier: BBI.2017.D5
Publication date: 11 April 2017

Types of action: BBI-IA-DEMO Bio-based Industries Innovation action - Demonstration
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
11 April 2017
Deadline: 07 September 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-JTI-BBI-2017
Work Programme Part: BBI Work Plan 2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Current large-volume products for market applications include fossil-based (for example conventional plastics) or bio-based (for example bio-based plastics and cotton) products, and their production often occurs at relatively low sustainability levels1. Due to the high market share and strategic role associated with these products, industry is increasingly pursuing technical solutions aimed at improving sustainability during their whole life cycle including end-of-life. Also, consumers and brand owners are pushing to tackle safety and environmental issues related to several consumer goods.

Sustainably produced bio-based large-volume products for a variety of applications would be one of the key drivers for accelerating and performing an effective transition towards a low-carbon society. However, some barriers still hinder this process, mainly because of issues over the cost, performance and social and environmental sustainability of the bio-based value chains and related products.

The specific challenge is to produce bio-based fibres and other bio-based materials able to efficiently compete with current benchmark counterparts for large-volume applications through better technical performance, lower cost and higher sustainability levels.

1 https://www.icac.org/getattachment/Home-International-Cotton-Advisory-Committee-ICAC/measuring-sustainability-cotton-farming-full-english.pdf

Scope:

Demonstrate the efficient and viable production of bio-based fibres and materials with superior technical performance and sustainability levels, but at lower production costs, in a whole value-chain approach. Their superior performance should be proven in comparison with identified benchmark materials (fossil-based or bio-based) for large-volume applications, using clear and pre-defined criteria. Benchmark counterparts should be both fossil-based and traditional bio-based products.

Proposals should target relevant properties in any market sectors of large-volume bio-based products, such as packaging, textiles, construction, agriculture, the automotive industry and personal care and hygiene. Proposals should consider feedstock from different European sources, including residual streams of several origins to produce the target bio-based materials. Proposals should demonstrate solutions that comply with the relevant regulations, existing standardisation documents and validated approaches to achieve the products’ subsequent marketability. The target product should comply with all safety, quality and purity requirements set by the EU and national authorities. Proposals should outline a strategy for deploying the targeted products on the market for large-volume applications. To this end, proposals should provide appropriate business models and marketing strategies. Proposals should also show the feasible, sustainable and economic supply of European biomass for these applications.

The Technology Readiness Level (TRL)1 at the end of the project should be 6-7. Proposals should clearly state the starting and target TRLs. The proposed work should enable the technology to achieve the target TRL within the timeframe of the project.

Proposals should include an environmental and economic assessment using Consequential2 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodologies. Proposals should also include a viability performance check of the developed process(es) based on available standards, certification, accepted and validated approaches, as well as measurement and testing approaches allowing for coming regulatory compliance checks.

Indicative funding: It is considered that proposals requesting a contribution of maximally EUR 7 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude the submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

1 Technology Readiness Levels as defined in annex G of the General Annexes to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/wp/2016-2017/annexes/h2020-wp1617-annex-ga_en.pdf

2 Only relevant when crop land based biomass is used as feedstock: ‘Consequential LCAs seek to identify the environmental consequences of a decision or a proposed change in a system under study (oriented to the future), which means that market and economic implications of a decision may have to be considered’. See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life-cycle_assessment

Expected Impact:
  • contribute to KPI 1: create at least 1 new cross-sector interconnection in bio-based economy clusters;
  • contribute to KPI 2: establish at least 2 new bio-based value chains;
  • contribute to KPI 5: create at least 3 new bio-based materials with high potential marketability;
  • contribute to KPI 6: create at least 4 new demonstrated consumer products based on bio-based chemicals and materials that meet market requirements;
  • quantified benefits (for example better performances, lower costs, improved environmental sustainability) of the target bio-based materials compared with identified benchmarks for the same large-volume application;
  • overall reduction of at least 10 % in the carbon footprint of the considered bio-based operation compared with the state-of-the-art (shown by an LCA taken up in one of the work packages).
Cross-cutting Priorities:

Cross-cutting Key-Enabling Technologies (KETs)

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 H2020 Work Programme.
     
  2.  Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the H2020 Work Programme.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
     
  3.  Evaluation

    3.1 Evaluation criteria, scoring and threshold:
    described in part H of the General Annexes of the H2020 Work Programme, with the exceptions described in part 2.9.8 of the BBI JU Work Plan.

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guidance on the submission and evaluation process in the Online Manual and the BBI JU Calls - Guide for applicants (RIA-IA-CSA).


  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement: 

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.
     
  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms:

    BBI Research and Innovation Action (BBI-RIA)

    Specific provisions and funding rates: described in 2.9.6 of the BBI JU Annual Work Plan.
    Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
    Standard evaluation form
    BBI JU Multi-beneficiary Model Grant Agreement (Annex 2 and Annex 4)
    H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement

    BBI Innovation Action Demonstration (BBI-IA-DEMO)
    and BBI Innovation Action Flagship (BBI-IA-FLAG)


    Specific provisions and funding rates: described in 2.9.6 of the BBI JU Annual Work Plan.
    Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
    Standard evaluation form (FLAG)
    Standard evaluation form (DEMO)
    BBI JU Multi-beneficiary Model Grant Agreement (Annex 2 and Annex 4)
    H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement

    BBI Coordination and Support Action (BBI-CSA)

    Specific provisions and funding rates: described in 2.9.6 of the BBI JU Annual Work Plan.
    Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
    Standard evaluation form
    BBI JU Multi-beneficiary Model Grant Agreement (Annex 2 and Annex 4)
    H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement
     
  6. Additional provisions:

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) apply.
     
  7. 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.
     
  8. Additional documents

    BBI JU Work Plan
    BBI JU Scientific Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA)
    Horizon 2020 Rulesfor participation
    BBI JU Derogation to H2020 Rules for Participation
    BBI JU Regulation of establishment
    Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
    Horizon 2020 Specific Programme
    BBI JU – FAQs for Call 2017

 

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