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TOPIC : Chemical building blocks and value-added materials through integrated processing of wood

Topic identifier: BBI.VC1.D2
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:There is a strong, but currently underexploited, potential for valorisation of sugars and lignin streams from wood. Although a number of fractionation routes are available such as: dilute acid, ammonia fiber expansion, steam explosion followed by enzymatic hydrolysis, supercritical fluid, concentrated acid and organosolv processes none of them have been proven at demonstration scale for wood fractionation, or for production of other chemicals than ethanol. There is thus a lack of adequate (combinations of) technologies able to efficiently process wood into sugars and lignin and further convert them into biochemicals.

Scope: Demonstration of the techno-economic viability of efficient and sustainable processes for disintegration of wood into sugars and lignin and to further conversion of both fractions into high added value products, building where relevant on existing infrastructure. Proposals should address the realisation of new wood-based value chains for the production of chemical building blocks, materials and biofuels (other than ethanol) in a cascading approach, by a combination of biotechnology and chemical processes. Proposals should prove the economical access to sufficient raw material to set up the new supply chain. A life-cycle assessment should be carried out in order to evaluate the environmental and socio-economic performance of the developed technologies. Involvement of end-users is required assuring the viability of the demonstrated concepts in the value chain. The proposal 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:

         Developing cellulosic/hemi-cellulosic-based products with a value which is at least 2 -3 times higher than current products. Lignin-based products with a value which is at least 3 - 4 times higher than current lignin energy value.

         Enhancing of process yields with respect to conventional methods, targeting at least a 75% conversion rate of lignocellulosic biomass into value added products.

         Revitalising of rural areas as well as forestry and wood-harvesting stuctures.

         Improving measurably the sustainability and efficiency levels of processes for competitive products compared to current processes.

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 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. BBI 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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