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TOPIC : Sugars from effluents of the pulping process and discharged fibres

Topic identifier: BBI.VC2.R5
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:A number ofrejects and side streams of pulp and paper industry such as pulping liquors and discharged fibres in rejects and sludges, are currently being landfilled or incinerated. Their valorisation improves the environmental footprint of the whole process while enhancing its competitiveness. The potential to further exploit these streams requires the application of new technologies to isolate their sugars and to convert those sugars into added value bioproducts such as carbohydrate derivatives (e.g. alcohols, polyols, small organic acids).

Scope: Development of processes to isolate a constant and reliable stream of sugars from spent pulping liquors (from sulphite and Kraft pulping) or discharged fibers, for further conversion into carbohydrate derivatives via chemical or biochemical routes. Proposals should address the development of suitable separation, purification and conversion processes and include conversion trials, as well as identification and removal of possible inhibiting compounds in the feedstock. A life-cycle assessment should be carried out in order to evaluate the environmental and socio-economic performance of the developed technologies. The feasibility of integrating the proposed concept into existing industrial processing chains should be assessed.

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:

         Creating new value chains using waste streams of the pulp and paper sector as bio-based feedstock for a number of industrial sectors such as chemical industry (solvents, intermediates), food industry (e.g. food additives), and precursor materials for bioplastics.

         Increasing the value by two to three times when using discharged fibre streams with respect to state of the art.

         Achieving a separation rate of sugars of at least 50% when processing liquor, along with an increase in value of at least four times with respect to the energy value of liquor when burnt for power generation.

         Enhancing cooperation along the value chain between the feedstock supply, processing industries (chemical, food, bioplastics), as well as providers of the required technologies (incl. SMEs) facilitating the creation of new industrial clusters.

         Achieving technological validation of at least 3 new biobased chemical building blocks for the mentioned processing industries, ready for demonstration phase.

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 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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