The Bio-based Joint Undertaking Information Day took place in Brussels on 21 April, providing over 530 attendees present and more watching via live stream with information on the BBI JU’s Call for Proposals.
The Call was issued on 19 April, and is seeking proposals for research and innovation actions and innovation actions, as well as coordination and support actions, in line with the Horizon 2020 rules for participation.
A video of last week’s event can be found on the European Commission’s website here, with a full timetable of the day’s proceedings.
The morning was dedicated to information about the BBI’s role in developing Europe’s bio-based economy, with key note speeches from Philippe Mengal, John Bell and Dirk Carrez. Members of the BBI programme office team shared lots of relevant information on participating in BBI JU’s 2016 Call for Proposals, including how to apply, tips and tricks on writing a proposal, BBI Call rules, and how to submit a proposal.
In addition to plenty of informal networking during the breaks and participants’ lunch, BBI’s brokerage event gave attendees a formal opportunity to expand their contacts through networking. During the afternoon more than 600 face-to-face meetings were scheduled through the BBI Partnering Platform, showing a big increase from last year, allowing 200+ attendees to grow their professional networks and discuss potential collaborations.
New for this year, in parallel to the brokerage event, seven different organisations with links to BBI stakeholders were invited to meet participants. The BBI programme office hosted an Info booth, giving participants access to individual help on Call procedure, rules, funding and proposal submission. In addition, six other Info booths offered visibility to some other important initiatives that are relevant and complementary to BBI’s own funding activities.
All the Info booths were fully staffed by representatives from the organisations and some even found new synergies and networking opportunities between themselves. The organisations present included the Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC), European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN), the BioHorizon NCP-network project, Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD). Co-hosting a special cross-institutional funding synergies Info booth were the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), with the PPP Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE), and colleagues from DG RTD units F.1 (Bioeconomy) and D.2 (Advanced Manufacturing Systems and biotechnologies) who provided information on synergies with BBI JU funding and other structural funds, primarily ESIF.