Circular Bio-based Europe JU: Supporting research and innovation activities in the field of sustainable bio-based solutions
“Building a greener, safer and better Europe”, this is the motto of the €2 billion partnership between the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and the European Union: the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU). CBE-JU funds projects advancing competitive circular bio-based industries in Europe.
CBE JU operates under the same rules of Horizon Europe - the 2021 – 2027 EU’s research and innovation programme. The partnership is building on the success of its predecessor, the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), while addressing the current challenges facing the industry.
CBE JU aims to scale up technologies leading to industrial deployment, thus attracting investment and creating jobs. Furthermore, different stakeholders including the primary sector, regional authorities, and investors to prevent market failures and unsustainable bio-based processes will be involved.
What is CBE JU's mission? The European bio-based sector, including SMEs, regions and primary producers should become climate neutral, more circular and more sustainable while remaining competitive on the global market. A strong, resource efficient and competitive bio-based innovation ecosystem can decrease Europe’s dependency on and accelerate the substitution of non-renewable fossil raw materials and mineral resources.
CBE-JU mission is to implement the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), through yearly open calls for proposals to fund projects in research, demonstration, and industrial deployment. These are the main goals of the partnership:
How CBE JU will achieve its objectives?The CBE JU calls fund different types of actions:
Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs): 'testing', 'demonstrating' and 'piloting' activities to establish new knowledge or to explore the feasibility of new/ improved technology, product, process, service, or solution. Basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing, demonstration, and validation on a small-scale prototype, in a laboratory or simulated environment are included. It is expected that RIA delivers TRL3-5 at the end of the project.
Innovation Actions (IAs): 'testing', 'demonstrating' and 'piloting' activities also aiming at scaling up activities from prototype, in a (near to) operational environment, industrial or otherwise, to large-scale product validation and market replication. At the end of the project TRL6-8 have to be delivered.
Flagships: important and specific type of Innovation Action with the objective to support the first application/deployment in the EU market of an innovation already demonstrated but not yet applied/deployed in the EU market (first-of-its-kind innovation). Flagship projects need to deliver TRL 8 at the end of the projects.
In each topic the end TRL is specified.
Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs): addressing needs to i) structure stakeholder communities; ii) support dissemination and exploitation of research or innovation projects; iii) exploit synergies of scale among projects; iv) raise awareness in specific areas; v) support technological visions (e.g. road-mapping, user cases, etc.) and outreach (e.g. events, publications, etc.); vi) promote international cooperation with specific regions and/or technological areas for any of the above-mentioned activities; vii) undertake other activities similar in nature to those above (i.e., this is not an exhaustive list).
Pre-commercial Procurement Action (PCPs) may also be considered if relevant to attain the objectives of the CBE JU in future CBE JU AWP. Additionally, financial support to third parties may be included in specific call topics and funded as part of the received grants from CBE JU via financial support.
What are the calls for proposal of 2022?The CBE-JU Annual Work Programme 2022 will fund projects developing innovative and sustainable bio-based solutions, with a focus on the following strategic priorities: feedstock, processing, products, cross-cutting aspects of communication and environmental sustainability.
CBE JU will welcome project proposals across 12 topics with a total indicative budget of €120 million:
Innovation Actions - Flagships
Research and Innovation Actions
Coordination and Support Actions
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