A further € 81 million of funding from the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking programme to boost the development of the EU bio-based sector

11 April 2017

The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) will be providing a further € 81 million of public funding to the successful projects from its 2017 Call for proposals

The BBI JU initiative is dedicated to realising the European bioeconomy potential. It will contribute to a sustainable circular economy through the development of a European bio-based economy. This fourth call for proposals is expected to further enhance the EU’s deployment of its industrial, research and renewable resources’ potential.

Philippe Mengal, BBI JU’s Executive Director commented: ‘’BBI JU has set the cornerstones for the development of a competitive and sustainable EU bio-based sector and the 2017 Call is another step towards that. We are proud to see here today an overwhelming number of potential applicants, as well as policy-makers and stakeholders’’.     

This Call attracts interest from a diverse range of actors, investors and organisations that see real opportunities to create value from waste, side streams, innovative new biomass like aquatic and bio-waste, and CO2. Most importantly they see the potential to capitalise on expert technical know-how here in the EU. The 2017 Call moves towards solutions for current and strategic problems in Europe in feedstock supplies, optimised processing for integrated biorefineries, innovative bio-based products for identified market applications and market uptake of these applications at commercial level.

Dirk Carrez, Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), the private partner in the BBI Joint Undertaking, stated: ‘’We observe a significant mobilisation of private investment in Europe due to BBI JU projects. Not only are we managing to keep innovation and investments in Europe, but we even attract such projects from outside the EU. Our common efforts have sent out a strong signal and we can clearly see the positive response’’.

Primary production and processing industries, consumer brands, SMEs, research and technology centres and universities used the opportunity to build networks, demonstrating BBI JU’s ability of bring together previously unconnected actors.

John Bell, Director for Bioeconomy with the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, commented: ‘’Since its first Call in 2014, BBI JU has proved its key role in bringing together previously fragmented sectors to ensure fruitful collaborations along the entire bio-based value chain. Building on the 2016 priorities, the new topics of the 2017 Call will cover all types of actions ensuring that results are translated into concrete added value for our citizens. I am confident that with our common efforts we will bring the EU’s research and innovation priorities to the forefront with new products, new services, new markets, and new horizons for the bio-based industries in Europe.’’

The deadline for submission of proposals to the BBI JU 2017 Call is 7 September 2017, 17:00 CET.

Find more information on the 2017 Call here.