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TOPIC : Added value products from underutilised agricultural resources

Topic identifier: BBI.VC3.F1
Publication date: 09 July 2014

Types of action: BBI-IA-FLAG Bio-based Industries Innovation action - Flagship
Opening date:
09 July 2014
Deadline: 15 October 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Specific challenge: The agro-industry has significant opportunities for developing high added value products by valorising currently underexploited resources in new applications and markets.  Two main feedstocks have been identified in this context: 1) growing dedicated non food feedstock in regions that are unsuitable for the production of food crops (e.g. oil crops in dry or marginal land); and 2) residues and side-streams from the agro-food value chain that are currently un- or under-utilised (e.g. vegetable pulp, bran, leaves). While demonstration activities are already being pursued to this end, the challenge lies in demonstrating at industrial scale a first of a kind, cost-effective new bio-based value chain for the conversion of the targeted streams into biochemical intermediates and subsequent production of added value products, e.g. biolubricants, bioplastics or biofillers.

Scope:Demonstration of the techno-economic viability of the sustainable conversion, by an integration of chemical and biotechnologies, of currently underutilised agricultural streams (which can be either oil crops  grown in dry environments, crops from marginal lands, or residues from the agro-food value chain) from a local integrated supply chain into bio‑chemical intermediates, and their subsequent processing into end-products (e.g. biolubricants, bioplastics and biofillers) at industrial scale (e.g. more than 30 ktons per year). Proposals should employ all possible means of industrial symbiosis and energy integration with the industrial environment and, wherever possible, make use of existing facilities. Safety, quality and purity of the end products should meet commercial requirements. Proposals should prove the economical access to sufficient raw material to set up the new supply chain and provide evidence that the used feedstock streams are either grown on land that is unsuitable for food production or represent a underutilised residue from the agro-food industry. A life-cycle assessment should be carried out in order to evaluate the environmental and socio-economic performance of the demonstrated value chain. Involvement of end-users is required with a view to ensuring the viability of the developed concepts in the value chain.

It is considered that proposals with a total eligible budget of at least EUR 25 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 new local bio-based value chain maximising the use of currently underutilized agricultural resources for the production of chemical building blocks and consumer products e.g. biolubricants, bioplastics  and biofillers.

         Developing new products with more than 70% bio-based content and less than 2.3 kg CO2eq/kg emission.

         Demonstrating products with a 3 times higher value than the current application of feedstock side streams, leading to a significantly higher total valorisation of the agricultural crops.

Creating green jobs facilitating the development of entrepreneurial activities throughout the entire region, with advantages for the primary sector (i.e. agriculture and livestock farming), the secondary sector (e.g. logistics, bioproduct transformation industry) and the tertiary sector.

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 Innovation Action Flagship (BBI-IA-FLAG):

    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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