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The Circular Bio-Based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) has published its first call for project proposals. A total of €120 million will be dedicated to advancing competitive circular bio-based industries in Europe across 12 topics. All stakeholders of the bio-based industries ecosystem can apply by 22 September 2022, 17:00 Brussels time.
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The 12 funding topics are:

  • Biogenic carbon capture and use (CCU) for circular bio-based products – €10 million
  • Cooperative business models for sustainable mobilisation and valorisation of agricultural residues, by-products, and waste in rural areas – €10 million
  • Cost-effective production routes towards bio-based alternatives to fossil-based chemical building blocks – €12 million
  • Co-processing of mixed bio-based waste streams – €12 million
  • Maximum valorisation of sustainably sourced bio-based feedstock in multi-product, zero-waste, zero-pollution biorefinery – €14 million
  • Alternative sources for high added value food and/or feed ingredients – €14 million
  • High performance bio-based polymers for market applications with stringent requirements – €9 million
  • Bio-based coatings, barriers, binders, and adhesives – €9 million
  • Circular-by-design bio-based materials to improve the circularity of complex structures – €9 million
  • Proteins from alternative and unconventional sources – €9 million
  • Sustainable fibres biorefineries feedstock – €9 million
  • Developing and validating monitoring systems of environmental sustainability and circularity: collection of best practices and benchmarks – €3 million

CBE JU will fund three types of actions:

  • Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs) will establish new knowledge or explore the feasibility of new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution.
  • Innovation Actions (IAs) will scale up activities from prototype to product validation and market replication. Among them, Flagships will deploy the first-of-its-kind industrial and commercial scale production plant in the European market.
  • Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs) will structure stakeholder communities, support technological visions and outreach, and disseminate and exploit research results, among other objectives.

The CBE JU call’s budget comes from Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation funding programme. The call will open for submissions in early July at the latest. As of that moment, all stakeholders of the bio-based industries ecosystem (farmers, brand owners, companies, research organisations and local authorities, to name just a few) are invited to apply for CBE JU funding.

See the CBE JU website for more information.

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