Call for projects in the area of bio-based solutions


The Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) 2024 call is open and will fund projects that respect the principles of circularity, sustainability, and planetary boundaries, contributing to the EU’s climate targets for 2030, paving the way for climate neutrality by 2050, and advancing circular and sustainable production in line with the European Green Deal, while increasing Europe’s strategic autonomy and industrial competitiveness.

CBE JU supports the scaling up of technologies leading to industrial deployment, thus boosting investment and job creation. The partnership involves a wider range of stakeholders including the primary sector, regional authorities, and investors to support the deployment of bio-based solutions.

CBE JU calls follow the rules and procedures of the Horizon Europe programme. The total call budget is 213 M€.

Call topics

Innovation actions – flagship (IA-flagships):

  • Bio-based value chains for valorisation of sustainable oil crops (20 M€)
  • Bio-based dedicated platform chemicals via cost-effective, sustainable and resource-efficient conversion of biomass (20 M€)
  • Bio-based value chains for valorisation of sustainable natural fibre feedstock (20 M€)

Innovation actions (IAs):

  • Bio-based materials and products for biodegradable in soil applications (15 M€)
  • Sustainable microalgae as feedstock for innovative, added-value applications (15 M€)
  • Enlarging the portfolio of commercially produced “Safe and Sustainable by design” (SSbD) solvents (15 M€)
  • Circular and SSbD bio-based construction & building materials with functional properties (15 M€)
  • Selective and sustainable (co)-production of lignin-derived aromatics (15 M€)
  • Innovative bio-based adhesives and binders for circular products meeting market requirements (15 M€)
  • Innovative conversion of biogenic gaseous carbon into bio-based chemicals, ingredients, materials (15 M€)

Research and innovation actions (RIAs):

  • Valorisation of polluted/contaminated wood from industrial and post-consumer waste streams (7 M€)
  • Biotech routes to obtain bio-based chemicals/materials replacing animal-derived ones (7 M€)
  • Sustainable, bio-based alternatives for crop protection – 10 M€
  • SSbD bio-based coating materials for applications under demanding and/or extreme conditions (7 M€)
  • Innovative bio-based food/feed ingredients (7 M€)

Coordination and support actions (CSAs):

  • New forms of cooperation in agriculture and the forest-based sector (4 M€)
  • Mobilise inclusive participation in bio-based systems and supporting the CBE JU widening strategy and its action plan (3 M€)
  • Supporting the CBE JU Deployment Group on Primary Producers (3 M€)

Doubts if you should to apply?

Check this video in which CESAM researcher, Helena Vieira, as a former Chair of the CBE JU Scientific Committee, explains the relevance of participate in a CBE JU project.

If you are an expert in bio-based industries fields but are not planning to submit a proposal you may consider applying as an evaluator to help CBE JU select the best proposals in future calls. Check about how to do it here.

Supporting information

The Agência Nacional de Inovação (ANI) is organizing an info session (in person and in English) that will happen on the 22 May, in Palmela. Other sessions are being organized by other countries and you can check here if any fits better for your needs. FAQ for applicants are available, being continuously updated. You can also watch the CBE JU Info Day held on the 23rd April.

More information and applications can be found in the EU Funding & Tender Portal here (topic: HORIZON-JU-CBE-2024). If you want to apply we advise you to analise some abstracts of awarded applications here.

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