Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)
The Research & Innovation Award
The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is a €3.7 billion public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). It is dedicated to realising the European bioeconomy potential, turning biological residues and wastes into greener everyday products through innovative technologies and biorefineries, which are at the heart of the bioeconomy. The BBI JU is about connecting key sectors, creating new value chains and producing a range of innovative bio-based products to ultimately form a new bio-based community and economy.
As a public-private partnership, the BBI JU provides the stable and long-term framework necessary for the implementation of the Strategic and Innovation Research Agenda (SIRA) by bringing together key stakeholders from across a diverse range of relevant industrial sectors, including large companies and SMEs, academia, regional and technological clusters in order to leverage significant private investment. The BBI JU implements a research and innovation programme through its open Calls for proposals which operate under Horizon 2020.
The BBI JU focuses on developing, optimising and demonstrating the competitiveness throughout the value chains defined in the SIRA and the new value chains that emerge through new opportunities. This way, new value chains are created between often unconnected sectors, ranging from primary production and processing industries to consumer brands.
The BBI JU will act as a catalyst to enable long-term stability and predictability for a sustainable European bioeconomy sector. The BBI JU programme aims at developing new business models that integrate economic actors along the value chain, starting at the supply of biomass and ending with first-of-a kind commercial biorefinery plants, which test advanced technologies to create added value to the production of bio-based products