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TOPIC : Nutrient recovery from biobased waste streams and residues

Topic identifier: BBI.VC4.R10
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: The production of nutrients and fertilisers currently relies heavily on mineral resources whose reserves are limited and depleting. Recovery of nutrients from biowaste streams (e.g. food waste, biodegradable fraction of Municipal Solid Waste, manure) represents a promising sustainable resource which could play a part when finding solutions to the foreseen global nutrient shortage. While there are a few experiences in Europe of nutrient recovery from waste water and from ashes, none of them has found application at large commercial scale. The potential to further source nutrients from waste streams requires the application of cost effective nutrient recovery processes, free of hazardous elements (heavy metals, pathogens) which provide readily available nutrients for crops, while competing in quality and price with the current fertilisers.

Scope: Development of dedicated recovery processes for nutrients from biowaste streams and bioresidues rich in plant nutrients (especially phosphorous and potassium compounds) through extraction, solubilisation, precipitation, chemical reaction and other emerging chemical  or biological processes. Upgrading of recovered nutrients to new sustainable fertilisers by a cost-effective combination of specific organic and mineral components. Proposals should address the industrial integration of the process into the cascaded valorisation of the waste streams (including the isolation of other added value products) and show the economic viability of the developed products via in-vivo trials.  A life-cycle assessment should be carried out in order to evaluate the environmental and socio-economic performance of the developed products in the whole value chain. Involvement of feedstock suppliers and end-users of the fertilisers could be considered towards 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 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 fertilisers with the improved concentration of individual nutrients (at least 15% of the overall volume when using recycled nutrients alone) and a high availability to plants (at least 70%).

         Enabling the substitution of a significant percentage (at least 10%) of nitrogen and phosphorus with recycled components in commercial fertilisers.

         Contribution to a reduction of imports of mineral resources while ehancing the re-use of waste products.

Improving fertilisers in view of environmental impact and price-competitiveness as compared to the current non bio-based alternatives.

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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