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TOPIC : Efficient pre-treatment of lignocellulosic feedstock to advanced bio-based chemicals and biomaterials

Topic identifier: BBI.VC1.R1
Publication date: 09 July 2014

Types of action: BBI-RIA Bio-based Industries Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
09 July 2014
Deadline: 15 October 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Specific challenge: Pre-treatment processes are of central importance in the lignocellulosic biomass (e.g. agricultural residues and wood pellets) to 2nd generation bio-based chemicals and biomaterials value chains. They have an impact on the composition of the isolated sugars streams and in turn on the fermentation yields / titres (e.g through the presence of inhibitors) and the quality of the (isolated) final product (e.g. through impurities carried forward from the pre-treated biomass and hydrolysis process). Despite the existence of pre-treatment methods already at demonstration plant level, the process itself still requires substantial optimisation towards a sustainable and economically viable standard.

Scope: Development of mild, sustainable processes aimed at fractionating lignocellulosic feedstock (that may include multiple biomass sources) into sugars and lignin fractions, focussing on biocatalysts (enzymes or whole cell bacteria, yeasts) with improved conversion rate and yield. Proposals should address the development at experimental bench-scale of pre-treatment/hydrolysis processes and their integration into the subsequent fermentation step up to the level of pilot-scale. Involvement of end-users could be considered towards assuring the viability of the developed concepts in the value chain. Proposals should assess the impact of the developed pre-treatment processes on the environmental, social and economic performance of the whole value chain.

It is considered that proposals with a total eligible budget between EUR 5 and 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 efficient and integrated pre-treatment processes leading to a tangible reduction of investment and operating costs over the biomass to bioproduct conversion.

         Delivering fermentable sugars of suitable quality for further conversion in advanced biochemicals, at a price competitive with (preferably lower than) the current market price of sugars and a pretreatment yield of at least 80% on biomass.

         Reducing GHG emission by at least 30% over the whole value chain of the targeted products as compared to conventional ones.

         Contributing to reinforcing cooperation along the value chain from feedstock suppliers (e.g. farmers, land and forest owners) to technology providers and end-users.

Enabling the mobilisation and conversion of lignocellulosic feedstock into cost-competitive bio-based chemicals and materials.

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.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B of the Annex of the BBI JU annual Work Plan.
  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.

            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

  1. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
  2. 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.
  1. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    BBI Research and Innovation Action (BBI-RIA):

    Specific provisions and funding rates: described in part D of the Annex of the BBI-JU annual Work Plan 
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    BBI JU Model Grant Agreement
    H2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreement

  2. Additional provisions:

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

  3. 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.
  4. BBI JU 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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