Towards Sustainability: Bio-based Industries, Innovations and Key Partnerships

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2019 04 18

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The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is the largest and most ambitious initiative ever launched in the EU to develop competitive and sustainable bio-based industries. Every year, BBI JU announces open call for proposals for specific bio-industry topics through research and innovation activities. This year’s call is the sixth in a total of seven calls between 2014 and 2020. The call has 4 strategic orientations: Feedstock, Process, Products and Market uptake.

The Info day "Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking: The 2019 Call for Proposals" was held on April 16 at the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA), in cooperation with the BBI JU.

This event was aimed at companies and research organisations that are interested in European Funding for BBI JU and that wish to work with European counterparts in collaborative research and innovation projects.

Dr. Inga Matijošytė, BBI JU States Representatives Group member (Lithuania), opened the Info day and presented the goals of the BBI JU. Dieter Brigitta, BBI JU project officer (Belgium), informed on the opportunities offered by the BBI JU to participate in the 2019 call, as well as on how the submission and evaluation process of Horizon 2020 takes place. Dr. George Beers, Wageningen University and Research (The Netherlands), also welcomed participants and stated that networks are key enablers for innovation, where companies work together and trust each other. Augustas Alešiūnas, CEO UAB „ART 21“ (Lithuania), shared experiences and mentioned that not all are ready for participating in initiatives, therefore, networks could encourage the creation of a long term and sustainable agro-ecosystem in all Europe. Dr. Karl Peebo, Graanul Biotech (Estonia), informed about the opportunities offered by EU financial instruments and shared example of success in the BBI JU project.

In the second part of the Info day, participants held Face-2-Face meetings with BBI JU representative, experts, and dr. Edita Bagdonaitė, Bio- NCP (MITA).

The key take-away messages can be summarized as follows: all of participants appreciated the content of the Info day and found the presentations of high relevance for their work; networking among the participants in the future is more than welcome.