The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is responsible for the implementation of open Call for proposals for Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs), Innovation Actions (IAs - DEMOs and FLAGs) and Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs), in line with the Horizon 2020 rules for participation. The 2020 BBI JU Call for proposals is now open until 3 September 2020, 17:00 CET. With an indicative budget of €102 million, it covers 16 topics in four strategic orientations: feedstock, process, products, and market uptake.

You can find all the information you need to prepare a successful proposal on the Call page and in the updated BBI JU’s Annual Work Plan.

Below you can find some actions (amongst others) that are of interest for the Blue Economy.

BBI2020.SO1.F3 — PRODUCE FOOD INGREDIENTS WITH HIGH NUTRITIONAL VALUE FROM AQUATIC SOURCES 1919

The specific challenge is to sustainably scale up the conversion of new and sustainable aquatic and marine sources for human food and contribute to food and nutrition security.  These include, for example, microalgae, seaweed, marine invertebrates, side streams from the fish processing industry, and herbivore filter feeders (e.g. molluscs).

BBI2020.SO2.R1 — USE ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES TO IMPROVE FEEDSTOCK AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE BIO-BASED INDUSTRY

The specific challenge is to increase biomass availability, resource efficiency and sustainability for the bio-based industry through enabling (advanced and innovative) technologies. These technologies include: ‘big data’, geographic information systems, sensors, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and prediction algorithms.

BBI2020.SO2.R4 — EXTRACT BIOACTIVE COMPOUNDS FROM NEW, UNDER-EXPLOITED AND/OR RECALCITRANT RESIDUAL BIO-BASED STREAMS FOR HIGH-VALUE APPLICATIONS

The specific challenge is to develop appropriate processing schemes to extract bioactives from new, under-exploited and/or recalcitrant residual streams so they can be used in high-value-added applications. Currently, there is great demand for bio-based bioactive compounds in market sectors such as food, feed, performance chemicals, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, pesticides and pharmaceuticals.

BBI2020.SO3.R5 — IMPROVE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF COATINGS

The specific challenge is to substitute fossil-based compounds in coatings with bio-based alternatives, while ensuring that the performance of the coating is at least identical to the traditional coating. These purposes include preventing reflectivity, self-cleaning, protection, waterproofing, fire resistance, anti-corrosion, insulation and anti-fouling.

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