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TOPIC : Fibres and polymers from lignin

Topic identifier: BBI.VC2.R4
Publication date: 09 July 2014

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

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description
Scope:

Specific challenge: Lignin-based side streams of the pulp and paper industry are currently incinerated to produce energy while being a potential large volume feedstock resource for producing higher added value products such as fibres, polymers, resins and platform chemicals. The exploitation of these streams requires the application of new technologies to arrive at novel and economically viable solutions able to compete with fossil-based alternatives.

Scope:Development of separation, purification and conversion processes for the production of fully bio-based added value products from lignin-based side streams of the pulp and paper industry. Proposal should target one or several of the following product types: (multifilament) carbon fibres, biopolymers, thermoplastic resins, composites and small phenolic compounds for platform chemicals. Research challenges relate to the isolation of suitable quality lignin from black liquor and bleaching effluents; the development of products matching or improving mechanical, chemical and funcional properties of existing commercial products (e.g. when addressing carbon fibres, multifilament yarns that can be woven as conventional fabrics); the validation of the developed process by means of small scale prototypes with view to future demonstration. A close collaboration with the full value chain including end users is required. A life-cycle assessment should be carried out in order to evaluate the environmental and socio-economic performance of the developed technologies. Proposal will consider potential standardisation related activities expected to facilitate the market uptake of the developed products.

It is considered that proposals with a total eligible budget of at least EUR 2 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:

         Achieving technological validation of a number of lignin based products: at least 4 new bio-based materials for proposals addressing the development of chemicals, resins and precursor materials for biopolymers.

         Realising a five times cost decrease with respect to conventional carbon fibres, while at the same time meeting mechanical and stability requirements, for proposals addressing the development of carbon fibres.

         Reducing GHG emissions of the developed processes by at least 20% as compared to conventional ones.

         Increasing sustainability and competitive-edge of end-user sectors such as chemical, transportation, aerospace, textile, energy, construction industries.

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: ddescribed 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: ddescribed 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 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 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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