The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes. 
The “Societal challenges” responds directly to the policy priorities and societal challenges that are identified in the Europe 2020 strategy and that aim to stimulate the critical mass of research and innovation efforts needed to achieve the Union's policy goals. 
The specific objective is to fully exploit the potential of Europe's talent pool and to ensure that the benefits of an innovation-led economy are both maximised and widely distributed across the Union in accordance with the principle of excellence.
Funding shall be focused on the following specific objectives: 
  • Health, demographic change and well-being.
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research. and the bioeconomy.
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy.
  • Smart, green and integrated transport.
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
  • Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.
  • Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.


Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:
  • BBI.VC1.D1: Lignocellulosic residues to (di)carboxylic acids, diols and polyols
  • BBI.VC1.D2: Chemical building blocks and value-added materials through integrated processing of wood
  • BBI.VC1.R1: Efficient pre-treatment of lignocellulosic feedstock to advanced bio-based chemicals and biomaterials
  • BBI.VC2.D3: Advanced products from lignin and cellulose streams of the pulp and paper industry
  • BBI.VC2.R2: New sustainable pulping technologies
  • BBI.VC2.R3: New products from sustainable cellulose pulp exploitation
  • BBI.VC2.R4: Fibres and polymers from lignin
  • BBI.VC2.R5: Sugars from effluents of the pulping process and discharged fibres
  • BBI.VC3.D4: Functional additives from residues from the agro-food industry
  • BBI.VC3.F1: Added value products from underutilised agricultural resources
  • BBI.VC3.R6: Fermentation processes to obtain biosurfactants and specialty carbohydrates from agricultural and agro-industrial streams
  • BBI.VC3.R7: Protein products from plant residues
  • BBI.VC3.R8: Bioactive compounds from meso-organism's bioconversion
  • BBI.VC4.D5: Cost efficient manure valorisation on large scale
  • BBI.VC4.R10: Nutrient recovery from biobased waste streams and residues
  • BBI.VC4.R9: Valuable products from heterogeneous biowaste streams

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 50,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 15 October 2014 - 6 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents


Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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