The Bio-based Industries (BBI) Joint Undertaking (JU) is to host a free event on 3 March to give details about its upcoming call for proposals for funding.

The event will take place at the Chancellors Hotel in Fallowfield, Manchester from 9.30am to 5.00pm and will give companies and research organisations information on European Funding for Biobased Industries an idea of what good projects look like, tips from an insider and a chance to develop their projects with other attendees.

The BBI JU’s objective is to implement a programme of research and innovation activities in Europe that will assess the availability of renewable biological resources that can be used for the production of bio-based materials, and on that basis support the establishment of sustainable bio-based value chains.

It aims to do this by supporting research and innovation activities by using resources from the public and private sectors.

The BBI JU will launch its latest call for proposals on 18 April this year (closing on 15 September).

In total, 26 topics will be covered by funding from this Call:

  • 12 Research & Innovation Actions (RIAs)
  • 9 Demonstration Actions (DEMOs)
  • 1 Flagship action
  • 4 Coordination & Support Actions (CSAs).

These are listed below, with more information available from the BBI website.

Details of the free information event and registration forms can be found here.



BBI 2016.R1 – Valorisation of the organic content of wastewater as feedstock, contributing to the renewable circular economy

BBI 2016.R2 – Develop consolidated bioprocesses for direct fermentation into bio-compounds for chemicals and materials

BBI 2016.R3 – Improve control over microorganism growth in bio-catalysis operations in order to reduce/avoid contamination without antibiotics

BBI 2016.R4 – Flexible biorefining technologies able to handle different feedstock, leading to new value chains or enlarging existing ones by using the same processing plant

BBI 2016.R5 – Advanced biomaterials for smart food packaging

BBI 2016.R6 – Bio-based alternatives to improve protection of human health and the environment

BBI 2016.R7 – Biopolymers with advanced functionalities for high performance applications

BBI 2016.R8 – Emerging technologies for conversion of the organic content of Municipal Solid Waste and improving waste-to-chemicals value chains

BBI 2016.R9 – Exploiting algae and other aquatic biomass for production of molecules for pharma, nutraceutic, food additives and cosmetic applications

BBI 2016.R10 – Industrial biotransformation for the production of bio-based chemicals

BBI 2016.R11 – Recover and reuse enzymes to reduce costs of existing industrial processes

BBI 2016.R12 – Emerging technologies for separation and purification of fermentation products to obtain high grade bio-based molecules at industrial level



BBI 2016.D1 – Improve sustainability of value chains based on forest biomass and increase productivity and profitability on supply side by adapting forests to climate changes

BBI 2016.D2 – Improvement and adaptation of industrial crop varieties and novel sources of biomass to diversify biomass feedstock for biorefineries

BBI 2016.D3 – Valorisation of lignin and other side-streams to increase efficiency of biorefineries and increase sustainability of the whole value chain

BBI 2016.D4 – New and optimised biorefinery approaches enabling the creation of local value chains in underdeveloped or unexploited areas

BBI 2016.D5 – Bio-based polymers/plastic materials with new functionalities for medical, construction, automotive and textile industries

BBI 2016.D6 – Valorisation of the organic content of Municipal Solid Waste and contributing to the renewable circular economy

BBI 2016.D7 – Optimise technical production routes to bio-based chemicals in bio- or chemocatalytic processes

BBI 2016.D8 – New sources of proteins for animal feed from co-products to address the EU protein gap

BBI 2016.D9 – Biomass production on unused land for conversion into added-value products while ‘boosting rural and industrial development’ 



BBI 2016.F1 – Valorisation of by-products or waste-streams from the food processing industry into high added-value products for market applications



BBI 2016.S1 – A roadmap for the chemical industry to a bioeconomy 

BBI 2016.S2 – Bioeconomy related open access research infrastructure and assessing its capabilities for industry driven development projects

BBI 2016.S3 – Open-innovation Platform strengthening cooperation and joint development of bio- based industries and downstream sectors

BBI 2016.S4 – Clustering and networking for new value chains