Call for proposals 2019

Call identifier: H2020-BBI-JTI-2019

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. 

Proposals evaluation

A total of 184 proposals were submitted in response to the Call for proposals 2019.

The number of proposals for each type of action is shown below:

  • CSA - total 13 proposals
  • RIA - total 104 proposals
  • IA - DEMO - total 58 proposals
  • IA - FLAG - total 9 proposals

The evaluation of the proposals started in September and was finalised in November 2019.

Applicants were informed about the outcome of the evaluations by the end of 2019.

The successful proposals are going through the Grant Agreement Preparation (GAP) phase and the deadline for the Grant Agreement signature is 4 May 2020.


As part of the panel review, hearings were organised for all submitted flagship proposals, as established in BBI JU's Annual Work Plan 2019 to:

  • clarify the proposals and help the panel establish their final assessment and scores


  • improve the experts' understanding of the proposals

Invitations to the hearings were sent to the flagship coordinators with all the relevant details in September.

According to the evaluation criteria for Innovation Actions (IAs) and more specifically in the context of the criterion 'Quality and efficiency of the implementation', the experts could request additional technical explanations/clarifications for the two following evaluation sub-criteria:

  • Soundness of the business case and business plan.
  • Readiness of the technology for the implementation of the pilot phase, demonstration or flagship (TRL). Applicants should demonstrate the readiness of the technology for the implementation of the pilot phase. In particular, the flagships applicants must demonstrate that by the time of the submission of their application, they have been operating relative demonstration scale plants at a significant production capacity.

Hearings are not used to permit modifications to proposals.

The original submitted proposal remains the basis for final evaluation throughout. 

Highlights of Call 2019

  • The Call 2019 is the sixth in a total of seven Calls between 2014 and 2020.
  • 4 strategic orientations: Feedstock, Process, Products, and Market uptake.
  • Budget: EUR 135 million.
  • 21 topics: 10 RIAs, 4 CSAs, 4 DEMOs, 3 FLAGs.
  • Estimated value of the in-kind contributions by the members other than the Union or their constituent entities (BIC): Minimum EUR 60 million

Call timing

  • Publication of topic texts (via the Annual Work Plan 2019): December 2018
  • Call opening: 04 April 2019
  • Call closure: 04 September 2019, 17:00 CET 
  • Proposal evaluations: October – November 2019
  • Results sent to applicants: December 2019

    More information

    • The Annual Work Plan 2019, which also contains the full topic texts
    • The Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal - SEDIA (former Participant Portal), the official EU funding communication channel, gives an extensive overview of all Call information (e.g. Call documentation, how to get support regarding IPRs, IT, partner search, etc.). Please consult the Portal regularly for any further updates on the Call.
    • Via the Partnering Platform, free, online profiles can be created, allowing a better interaction with other potential BBI JU Call applicants.
    • For the applicants interested in receiving professional support or advice nationally, you are encouraged to contact the respective member of the network of National Contact Points.
    • The ‘additional documents’ described below.

    Additional documents