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The Circular Bio-Based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) has published its second call for project proposals. A total of €215.5 million will be dedicated to advancing competitive circular bio-based industries in Europe across the following 18 topics.
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Research and innovation actions (RIA)

Establishing new knowledge or exploring the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution. These actions may include basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing, demonstration, and validation on a small-scale prototype, in a laboratory or simulated environment:

  • Phyto-management; curing soil with industrial crops, utilising contaminated and saline land for industrial crop production – €10 million
  • Optimised forest-based value chains for high-value applications and improved forest management – €10 million
  • Robust and optimised industrial biotech and chemical/industrial biotech processes – €10 million
  • Development of novel, high-performance bio-based polymers and co-polymers – €10 million
  • Pre-normative research to develop standards for biodegradability of bio-based products in controlled and open environments – €5 million

Innovation actions (IA)

Upscaling activities from prototype to product validation and market replication:

  • Small-scale biorefining in rural areas – €15 million
  • Production of safe, sustainable, and efficient bio-based fertilisers to improve soil health and quality – €15 million
  • Improve fermentation processes (including downstream purification) to final bio-based products – €15 million
  • Recycling bio-based plastics increasing sorting and recycled content (upcycling) – €15 million
  • Development of scalable, safe bio-based surfactants with an improved sustainability profile – €15 million
  • Selective, sustainable production routes towards bio-based alternatives to fossil-based chemical building blocks – €15 million
  • High performance, circular-by design, bio-based composites – €15 million

Flagships, an important and specific type of IAs, in particular deploy a first-of-its-kind innovation on the European market:

  • Optimised and integrated wood-based value chains – €17 million
  • Expansion and/or retro-fitting of biorefineries towards higher-value bio-based chemicals and intermediates – €17 million
  • Bio-based packaging materials with improved properties: barrier, food contact, forming, printability, safety, recyclability/circularity-by-design – €17 million
  • Valorisation of aquatic biomass waste and residues – €10 million

Coordination and support actions (CSA)

Structuring stakeholder communities, supporting technological visions and outreach, disseminating and exploiting research results, among others:

  • EU-wide network of pilot plants and testing facilities, improving SMEs and start-ups’ access to scale-up – €1.5 million
  • Supporting the capacity of regions in environmental sustainability assessment for the bio-based sectors – €3 million

All stakeholders of the circular bio-based industries ecosystem can apply by 20 September 2023, 17:00 Brussels time.

Visit one of the upcoming Info Days if you are planning to submit a proposal. See the CBE JU website for details.

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