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TOPIC : Identify opportunities for ICT to increase the efficiency of biomass supply chains for the bio-based industry

Topic identifier: BBI.2017.S2
Publication date: 11 April 2017

Types of action: BBI-CSA Bio-based Industries Coordination and Support action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
11 April 2017
Deadline: 07 September 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The implementation of bio-based value chains on large scale, fed by a diversified feedstock portfolio, requires effective supply chains able to reduce biomass losses, limit costs and enhance the overall sustainability of the value chains.

Biomass suppliers and technology providers need to jointly provide significant improvements in logistical issues such as biomass supply, collection, storage and the preparatory steps towards biorefining. Introducing and/or increasing the application of information and communications technology (ICT) and tools could provide the desired efficiency improvements. These tools are already playing a role in forestry1 and this experience could serve as example for the bio-based industry supply chain.

Applying ICT will also provide links with ‘the internet of things’ and Industry 4.0 (the current trend for automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies). Efficiency gains will result in the creation of sustainable value chains.

The specific challenge is to identify opportunities for the introduction of ICT to increase the efficiency and sustainability of biomass supply chains for the bio-based industry. Sustainable feedstock supply chains will permit the creation of sustainable bio-based value chains, which could serve as engines for the economic development of rural areas.

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Scope:

Identify feasible opportunities for ICT to improve the efficiency and sustainability of supply chains through cooperation between biomass suppliers and technology providers.

Proposals should cover several supply chains handling different kinds of biomass coming from multiple sources. Proposals should include a description of the (combined) feedstock and its potential for sustainable value chains.

Proposals should also assess the efficiency and sustainability improvements of logistical supply chains by applying the proposed ICT solutions, including also biomass resource modelling.

Proposals should also address the assembly and financing of new and technically improved equipment possibly required to collect and store feedstock for the bio-based industry, in the short time window after harvesting.

The industry should actively participate to help prove the benefits of the project results to the full bio-based sector.

Indicative funding: It is considered that proposals requesting a contribution of maximally EUR 1 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

Expected Impact:
  • contribute to KPI 1: create at least 2 new cross-sector interconnections in bio-based economy clusters;
  • reduced biomass losses and costs associated with feedstock supply logistics compared with similar existing benchmark supply chains;
  • improved direct involvement and commitment of biomass suppliers and technology providers, and the resulting introduction of ICT in the biomass feedstock supply chain for the bio-based industry.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

Cross-cutting Key-Enabling Technologies (KETs)
Socio-economic science and humanities

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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Type of Action Bio-based Industries Coordination and Support action [BBI-CSA]
Topic Identify opportunities for ICT to increase the efficiency of biomass supply chains for the bio-based industry - BBI.2017.S2
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