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TOPIC : Lignocellulosic residues to (di)carboxylic acids, diols and polyols

Topic identifier: BBI.VC1.D1
Publication date: 09 July 2014

Types of action: BBI-IA-DEMO Bio-based Industries Innovation action - Demonstration
Opening date:
09 July 2014
Deadline: 15 October 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Specific challenge:At present, (di)carboxylic acids, diols or polyols are produced industrially as important source of innovative bio-based products such as bioplastics or added value fine chemicals as an alternative to existing petrochemical sources. Currently available production processes have inherent disadvantages, such as the harsh operation conditions, high pressure and high capital costs. The challenge is to overcome the mentioned technological hurdles while improving the environmental performance and cost-effectiveness of production.

Scope: Demonstration of the techno-economic viability of the integration of biotechnological, biochemical and chemical processes for the conversion of lignocelullosic residues in a cascading approach into fermentable sugars, then into (di)carboxylic acids, diols (e.g. butanediol) and polyols and further into bio‑based materials as final products. Proposals should address the entire value chain, from the supply of the biomass resource to the market suitability of the targeted products. Proposals should assess the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the entire value chain on a life-cycle basis. The industrial viability of the process is to be demonstrated at medium-scale (e.g. 20 kton/year) building where relevant on existing infrastructure. Proposals should prove the economical access to sufficient raw material to set up the new supply chain. Involvement of end-users is required assuring the viability of the demonstrated concepts in the value chain. Proposals will consider standardisation related activities expected to facilitate the market uptake of the developed bioproducts.

It is considered that proposals with a total eligible budget of at least EUR 8 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:

         Reducing of energy requirements with respect to conventional processes based only on chemical and physical treatments.

         Improving process paramaters (e.g. conversion, yield) as compared to currently available dicarboxylic acids, diols and polyols production processes, (e.g. for butane diol conversion higher than 80% and yield higher than 40%).

         Demonstrating of at least 3 bio-based materials, showing favourable competition with oil-based counterparts price-, environmental- and performance-wise.

Demonstrating bio-based materials with at least 70 % bio-based content, and less than 2.3 kg CO 2eq/kg emission.

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 Annex of the BBI JU Annual Work Plan 2014.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B of the Annex of the BBI JU Annual Work Plan 2014.
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part F of the Annex of the BBI JU Annual Work Plan 2014.

    3.2 For submission and evaluation process, see the H2020 Guide to the submission and evaluation process
    and the BBI JU Calls 2014 - 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 outcome of one-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    BBI Innovation Action Demonstration (BBI-IA-DEMO) :

    Specific provisions and funding rates: described in part D of the Annex of the BBI JU Annual Work Plan 2014.
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    BBI JU Model Grant Agreement 
    H2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreement 
  7. Additional provisions:

    Technology readiness levels (TRL): described in part E of the Annex of the BBI Annual Work Plan.
  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 Call fiche 2014
             BBI JU Work Plan 2014
             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


Additional documents

  • Information on selected projects of the call 2014 en
  • Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking FAQ on Financing Rules en

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