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TOPIC : Cost efficient manure valorisation on large scale

Topic identifier: BBI.VC4.D5
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: A number of EU regions are confronted with manure surpluses due to intensive livestock production. While large amounts of animal manure pose a management challenge for the livestock industry, its conversion into bio-based chemicals can be turned into an economical solution. State-of-the-art manure-based processes, which are applied at small scale and mainly for the production of biogas alone, do not represent an economically viable alternative. The valorisation of manure requires the development and demonstration of large scale (centralised) concepts and the integration of advanced separation and conversion technologies in a cascading approach to transform manure into a range of higher added value products.

Scope: Demonstration of the techno-economic feasibility of a manure valorisation process, by centralised cascading processing into added-value biochemicals, including biogas. Proposals should aim for a demonstration unit in which technologies proven at lab-scale will be efficiently combined and scaled-up. Conversion of processing residues should deliver mineral-enriched products for soil fertilisation as well as other higher added value chemicals. Involvement of actors owning or having direct access to manure, as well as end-users of the fertilisers and chemicals is to be considered to ensure the viability of the developed concepts in the value chain. Proposals will consider standardisation related activities expected to facilitate the market uptake of the developed bioproducts.


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:

         Increasing cost–efficiency of manure processing towards a positive business case.

         Reducing GHG emissions of manure by 30% as compared to conventional processes.

         Turning negative value of manure into positive one, thus creating extra revenues for livestock industry currently coping with the manure as a costly problem.

Enabling the decision making process to move into industrial scale by the successful demonstration of the whole value-chain from manure to application.

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: 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 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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