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TOPIC : Functional additives from residues from the agro-food industry

Topic identifier: BBI.VC3.D4
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:Residues from the agro-food industry (e.g. beet pulp, potato pulp, brewer’s spent grain) are currently being utilised as feed, while having significant opportunities for further valorisation in new applications and markets. Given that many of the high added value components in these residues are present in small amounts, their cost-effective production requires the development of cascading concepts that fully valorises all components of the side stream. While various technologies to fractionate and convert the raw material into a high added value functional additives are available (though at different level of maturity), the main challenge is to integrate the different parts of the process into a functioning demonstration chain that meets the requirements for their production in terms of costs and environmental impact.

Scope: Demonstrate the techno-economic viability of the production of high added value functional additives (e.g. emulsifiers, plasticisers, anti-scaling, for e.g. detergents, food, personal care cosmetics, paints and coatings) from a side stream of the agro food industry (e.g. beet pulp, potato pulp, beer fines), building where possible on existing infrastructure. Research challenges relate to the demonstration and integration of pre-treatment, extraction and purification technologies, (bio)chemical conversion technologies and downstream processes in a cascading and integrated concept for the cost-effective and sustainable production of high value functional additives. Safety, quality and purity of the end products should meet commercial requirements. The feasibility of integrating the proposed concept into existing industrial processing chains should be assessed. Proposals should foresee an engineering study for the scale up of the proposed concept into industrial scale. A life-cycle assessment should be carried out in order to evaluate safety, as well the environmental and socio-economic performance of the developed products. Proposals should also demonstrate that they can economically access a sufficient quantity of raw material to set up the new supply chain. Involvement of end-users is required assuring the viability of the developed concepts in the value chain.

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:

         Demonstrating a complete new value chain with higher added value products for new markets, produced from a residue from the agro-food industry.

         Improving of environmental impact and cost efficiency of resulting products as compared to state of the art benchmarks.

         Integrating a process with more than 40% of the agro-food side stream to be valorized to high added value additives.

Demonstrating of products with a 5 times higher value than the current applications of the side stream, leading to a significantly higher total valorisation of the agricultural crops, thus improving the competitive position of food crops and contributing to rural developments and growth of jobs in rural areas.

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.

    Information on the outcome of two-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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