Circular Biobased Europe JU publishes 2023 work programme

The Horizon Europe Joint Undertaking Circular Biobased Europe (CBE JU) has published its Annual Work Programme for 2023. In total €215.5 million will be dedicated to advancing competitive circular bio-based industries in Europe across 18 topics.

More information will be made available at the CBE JU Info Day 2023 on 20 April 2023 which will be held in person in Brussels (the sessions will also be streamed online). The call for proposals will open after the event, with a deadlineof 20 September 2023.

The 18 topics are:

Innovation actions – flagship (IA-flagship)

  • Optimised and integrated woody-based value chains – €17 million
  • Expansion and/or retro-fitting of biorefineries towards higher-value bio-based chemicals and intermediates – €17 million
  • Bio-based packaging materials with improved properties: barrier, food contact, forming, printability, safety, recyclability/circularity-by-design – €17 million
  • Valorisation of aquatic biomass waste and residues – €10 million

Innovation actions (IA)

  • Small-scale biorefining in rural areas – €15 million
  • Production of safe, sustainable, and efficient bio-based fertilisers to improve soil health and quality – €15 million
  • Improve fermentation processes (including downstream purification) to final bio-based products – €15 million
  • Recycling bio-based plastics increasing sorting and recycled content (upcycling) – €15 million
  • Development of scalable, safe bio-based surfactants with an improved sustainability profile – €15 million
  • Selective, sustainable production routes towards bio-based alternatives to fossil-based chemical building blocks – €15 million
  • High performance, circular-by design, bio-based composites – €15 million

Research and innovation actions (RIA)

  • Phyto-management; curing soil with industrial crops, utilising contaminated and saline land for industrial crop production – €10 million
  • Optimised forest-based value chains for high-value applications and improved forest management – €10 million
  • Robust and optimised industrial biotech and chemical/industrial biotech processes – €10 million
  • Development of novel, high-performance bio-based polymers and co-polymers – €10 million
  • Pre-normative research to develop standards for biodegradability of bio-based products in controlled and open environments – €5 million

Coordination and support actions (CSA)

  • EU-wide network of pilot plants and testing facilities, improving SMEs and start-ups’ access to scale-up – €1.5 million
  • Supporting the capacity of regions in environmental sustainability assessment for the bio-based sectors – €3 million

Check the Annual Work Programme 2023 for the complete topic text, conditions and requirements.

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