Moverim recently participated in the Info Day on the 2019 call for proposals of the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) programme, organized by the public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Commission and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. The mission of the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking is to implement the Strategic Agenda for Innovation and Research (SIRA) under the Horizon 2020 programme guidelines. SIRA aims to achieve four objectives:
1. promoting food security for a growing world population and meeting the demand for sustainable products;
2. contributing to a sustainable planet;
3. creating jobs in the circular bio-economy;
4. achieving a society based on the circular bio-economy.
From 2014 to 2017, BBI JU funded €500 million for 82 projects spread over 32 countries and 933 beneficiaries, of which 42% were SMEs. The result was the formation of more than 140 cross-sectoral interactions and more than 100 bio-based value chains. Moreover, 80% of the projects led to the creation of specialized jobs.
By 2020, BBI JU would have invested a total of €3.7 billion, with the aim of building new bio-based value chains and creating a favourable economic and political climate to accelerate market uptake. Bio-industries face complex and substantial technological and innovation challenges: the BBI JU was created to act as a catalyst to address these challenges, thus reducing the risks to private research and innovation. The multi-sectoral approach of the initiative creates cross-border collaboration at European level to help overcome market failures in the bio-industries sector. The BBI JU thus brings together biotechnology-based activities in a single pan-European structure, sharing national and regional resources, strengths and expertise.
A total budget of €135 million has been earmarked for the 2019 call for proposals to fund projects that fall within the boundaries of one of these four strategic orientations:
The 21 topics of the call are divided into four types of actions:
– 10 RIA (Research and Innovation Actions): these aim to fill technological gaps within specific value chains, leading to the development of new knowledge or a new technology.
– 4 IA-DEMO (Innovative Actions – Demonstration): these include the establishment of a demonstration-scale production facility in Europe, whether it is a new installation, a substantial modification to an existing facility or the use of existing demonstration facilities.
– 3 IA-FLAG (Innovative Actions – Flagship): these aim to support the application and deployment on the market of an innovation that has already been tested at a demonstration level, but not at a size that would allow its commercial distribution.
– 4 CSA (Coordination and Support Actions): these are accompanying measures such as dissemination, awareness and communication, networking, coordination or supporting services and studies.
The distribution of the budget by type of action is as follows:
– RIA: €52 million (between €2 and 5 million per project)
– FLAG: €47 million (€15 million for the F1 topic, €20 million for the F2 topic and €12 million for the F3 topic)
– DEMO: €31 million (approximately €7 million per project)
– CSA: €5 million
Projects will be assessed based on three criteria:
1. commitment to excellence (the minimum threshold to meet this requirement is 3/5);
2. impact on society (the minimum threshold to meet this requirement is 4/5);
3. efficient implementation (the minimum threshold to meet this requirement is 3/5).
The deadline for submitting proposals is 4 September 2019 and the results of the evaluation will be available on 4 February 2020 at the latest.