Horizon 2020 Foodstuffs and Bioeconomy

Provides 1 - 5M € in subsidies for research, development, and demonstration within:

About Horizon 2020 Foodstuffs and Bioeconomy

Horizon 2020 Foodstuffs and Bioeconomy has a strong focus on how to keep the EU in the lead of developing and marketing new technologies in the field of foodstuffs and biotech, combined with the development of new solutions that are responding to needs from industries and society. With a successful application to the program, companies can get:

  • 1-5 MEUR for technology and product development
  • IPR – Intellectual Property Rights
  • Network to partners
  • Access to new markets
  • Technology and knowledge transfer

Possibilities with Horizon 2020 Foodstuffs and Bioeconomy

The Horizon 2020 Foodstuffs and Bioeconomy program delivers opportunities for both SME’s and large companies to cofinance their development of new technologies and the use of existing technologies in new a context. Therefore the program is also interesting for more conventional production companies and not only companies in advanced technology. The most important is that the company is facing a technology challenge or is having an idea to solve a technical problem. Horizon 2020 Foodstuffs and Bioeconomy is both cofinancing research, development and demonstration activities.

Horizon 2020 Foodstuffs and Bioeconomy calls will be offered to projects within the following categories (see current calls below):

  • Food security: Future proteins, novel food processing, sustainable food chains, small farms and global markets etc.
  • Sustainable agriculture and forestry: Sustainable production (e.g. livestock, crops, soil), genetic resources, agricultural diversity, eco-innovation​ etc.
  • Marine, maritime, and inland waters:
    • Sustainable marine exploitation: Atlantic marine ecosystem preservation, novel biomolecules, industrial biomaterials, marine-derived enzymes etc.
    • Offshore challenges: Sub-sea technology, marine pollution and oilspill measures etc.
    • Ocean observation technologies: Atlantic Ocean observation, acoustic and imaging technologies etc.
  • Innovative and sustainable bioeconomy: Rural growth, renewable oil crops and bio-based products, CO2 to chemicals, innovation of biobased products, etc. 

Requirements for Horizon 2020 Foodstuffs and Bioeconomy

There are a number of requirements that need to be met to be considered for Horizon 2020 Foodstuffs and Bioeconomy:

  • Innovation height – the product or technology needs to be novel and solve an European problem
  • Large market potential or great socio-economic impact – minimum 100 MEUR over 5 years
  • The project requires international cooperation

Upcoming deadlines

Below are the upcoming deadlines for Horizon 2020 Foodstuffs and Bioeconomy. Expect 1-2 months for the proposal writing process.

23
jan
2018

The field of new smart lightweight nano-enabled materials has made remarkable progress in recent years. The challenge is to scale up and enable industry and users, in a cost-effective and sustainable way, to develop, test, and adopt new lightweight, high performance, multifunctional, and environmentally friendly materials for high-value composite components and structures.

Proposals submitted under this topic should include actions designed to facilitate cooperation, across Europe, with other projects; to enhance user involvement; and to ensure the accessibility and reusability of data produced in the course of the project.

23
jan
2018

The medical technology industry is an important economic and social player in Europe. The challenge is to provide companies and users in this sector access to affordable and advanced testing facilities and services to facilitate the development of new and safe medical technologies.

Proposals submitted under this topic should include actions designed to facilitate cooperation, across Europe, with other projects; to enhance user involvement; and to ensure the accessibility and reusability of data produced in the course of the project.

23
jan
2018

Efficiency of materials up-scaling and use in new products in European manufacturing industries depends on advances in characterisation and testing.
The challenge is to establish open user-driven characterisation test beds including all aspects of novel multi-scale and multi-modal characterisation solutions management, analytics and mining of the resulting data (Materials Informatics).

Proposals should establish an open innovation characterisation test beds that will create, sustain and drive the use of novel materials characterisation techniques to support industrial innovation and will network materials characterisation stakeholders and concretely implement an integrated approach.

23
jan
2018

European modellers have created a large set of materials modelling software of which a major part remains an untapped and unused source of information while
having a large potential for exploitation.

Development and adaption of existing models and interoperability software developed by academics and SMEs should provide industry-ready integrated, standardised, interoperable software solutions.

23
jan
2018

The challenge is to develop and implement modern methods, more cost effective and less reliant on animal testing, for toxicity investigations in each stage of product innovation, through making best use of joining existing and emerging data with the help of progress in nanoinformatics.

Proposals should focus on several areas such as development of models that support the prediction of both specific functionalities and hazard and are crucial to establish safe-by-design principles at early stages of material development.

23
jan
2018

For years, industries have relied upon living organisms as a source of compounds or natural products, most of which result from interactions between them.
These compounds are chemically complex and their production often involves dozens of genes controlled by intricate regulatory networks. Both the nature of these molecules and the difficulties to obtain them via chemical synthesis have restricted their commercial utilisation.

Proposals will consist of the bioengineering of the genome of organisms (e.g. yeast, algae, bacteria) to be used in industrial processes in order to optimise molecular pathways.

23
jan
2018

EU demographic change requires innovation to enhance active ageing, whereby a growing market for osteoarticular tissue regeneration is created.

The scope is to design and develop user-centred innovative and smart nanobiomaterials which may be also adaptable to remote control, that will lead to a personalised regeneration of osteoarticular tissues (bones, cartilages, tendons, joints).

23
jan
2018

Advanced chemical energy conversion, storage and transportation will play a key role in enabling the EU to develop a low-carbon economy and provide more
flexibility. As such, increasing the exploitation of natural gas, stranded resources and biogas is creating new opportunities for the utilisation of low cost light alkanes.

Scope: Development of novel catalytic materials and routes for the valorisation of currently unexploited light hydrocarbons resources, bio- or stranded gas for chemical and energy production.

23
jan
2018

Developing of multifunctional materials based products with smart intrinsic recycling and/or sorting abilities that harmonise with circular economy principles will create a real paradigm shift in the market and a clear benefit for society.

Proposals should cover one or more of the following types of materials design: Design of polymer material structures with intrinsic sorting/recycling abilities; Design of smart polymer materials for recycling/re-processing; And/or further developments of separation and recycling technologies.

23
jan
2018

Batteries are still a hampering factor for a clear market acceptance of Electric Vehicles as they are still not able to deliver the required performance considering driving range, fast charging capacity and safety for a reasonable price.

New or significantly improved materials and/or chemistries have to be developed to optimise the battery cell and its components, with features clearly beyond the state-of the-art technologies that are currently used in commercial cells for automotive applications.

23
jan
2018

Preventive conservation (PC) prevents damage or reduces the potential for damage of cultural heritage (CH) artefacts. In the long term, it is more cost efficient than remedial conservation, which can be orders of magnitude more expensive than appropriate PC measures.

The majority of resources should be spent on the development of actual tools/solutions rather than new models. Proposals should present clearly measurable objectives.

22
feb
2018

Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC) on the factory floor has a high potential economic impact for European industry. However genuine collaboration between humans and robots require more holistic solutions encompassing smart mechatronic systems designed to improve the quality of the job performed and to increase flexible production.

Proposals need to extend the current state of the art of individual HRC to work environments where robots and workers function as members of the same team throughout the factory.

22
feb
2018

Optoelectronics and opto-electrical components involve the interactions of photons and electrons. They are used in parts such as lasers, photodiodes, image sensors, optical amplifiers, modulators, solar cells, embedded optics and light-emitting diodes. Previous research led to rapid developments and new applications in optoelectronics and photonics. However, new processes need to be introduced into production systems.

Proposals need to present a variety of new processes applicable to the production of opto-electrical components, for instance material handling, material strain engineering, patterning, material deposition, assembly, joining and bonding.

22
feb
2018

Costs and unpredictable defects in final parts and products are preventing complete deployment and adoption of Additive Manufacturing (AM) in the metalworking industries.

Proposals are expected to cover demonstration activities driven by the industrial community.

22
feb
2018

Non-conventional energy sources, such as microwave, plasma, ultrasound and laser, as well as electrochemical and photochemical processes, have already been applied in process intensification, mainly at lab scale, showing significant improvements in process performance for the benefit of energy efficiency. The processes powered by non-conventional energy sources are suitable for connection to the electricity grid. They allow variable throughputs to better follow market demand and enable leaner production paradigms.

Proposals are expected to develop technologies applying non-conventional energy sources to processes of high industrial interest.

22
feb
2018

Energy intensive industries should adapt their production processes and unit operations to increasingly sustainable, but highly fluctuating energy supply. The challenge is to establish synergistic integration at a regional level among different production sectors leading to optimisation of production system as a whole and logistics, especially in terms of the supply of energy and raw materials.

Solutions are needed for value chain optimisation through energy efficiency considerations in the design phase of manufacturing equipment and processes, collective demand side strategies, and potential integration of the nearby renewable energy sources.

22
feb
2018

Plastics materials are produced mainly from raw materials of fossil origin (e.g. PE, PP, and PET). A variety of bio-based plastic materials are increasingly available. Plastic materials are used in a wide range of applications because of their properties, versatility, lightweight and price, for example for making lightweight polymer composites to substitute metals and in more traditional applications, such as packaging. The wide use of these materials results in a huge amount of plastic waste.

Proposals submitted under this topic are expected to cover processes for the production of recyclable materials containing plastics.

22
feb
2018

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools developed so far are adapted mainly to new buildings (all types). In order to offer easy, practical, operational tools for all stakeholders, including constructing companies, designers, architects and service companies, we need to deploy attractive tool kits also for existing buildings.

Proposals submitted under this topic should include actions designed to facilitate cooperation with other projects; to enhance user involvement; and to ensure the accessibility and reusability of data produced in the course of the project.

22
feb
2018

The poor energy performance features that buildings may exhibit can be due not only to the characteristics of the building materials used, but also to the use of traditional or unsuitable construction processes.

Existing generic software tools have limited flexibility and lack interoperability concerning models and design cultures. Vertically integrated life cycle design is still missing, mainly due to a fragmented design culture across the various disciplines. ICT tools should be provided for energy and environmental performance related design, analysis and decisionmaking in early planning phases for new buildings or renovation of buildings.

08
mar
2018

One of Europe’s strengths in manufacturing is its abundance of SME equipment manufacturers with the capability to offer world-class products of highest quality and precision. To increase their visibility towards global users of equipment and to further support digitisation of manufacturing, industrial online platforms needs to be developed and set up for use on the market.

Projects should focus on the following: (a) design and build the digital platform that brings together suppliers and users in a transparent and efficient way; and (b) populate it with adequate product information.

25
apr
2018

Contamination of soils, sediments, ground and surface water caused by waste resulting from human action and leakage into water sources is a serious problem. This pollution contains compounds having toxicity and durability which creates important concerns from the health and environmental viewpoints.

Proposals should include research and innovation for efficient and low cost remediation strategies using microorganisms by means of (bio-)electrochemical systems, or alternate systems that require minimum or zero external energy or chemicals.

21
jan
2019

Rapid changes in a production line require a significant flexibility of reconfiguration. Modular production equipment can create highly adaptable production lines to enable efficient production of small series tailored to customer demands.

Proposals are expected to start from existing test beds that are flexible enough to allow for the introduction of multiple modular process units.

22
jan
2019

Nano-enabled surfaces and membranes have a vast range of applications in final products across many industry sectors. The challenge is to enable a cost effective and sustainable industrial upscaling and deployment of nano-enabled surface and membrane technologies, including thin film architecture, coating, surface structuration for improved properties, and nanostructured membrane's functionalities.

Proposals should focus on several areas such as the following: Open Innovation Test Beds should upgrade or develop materials facilities and make
available to industry and interested parties, including SMEs, services for the design, development, testing, safety assessment, and upscaling of new nano-enabled surfaces and membranes;

22
jan
2019

Enterprises using and producing nanomaterials face a constant increase of requirements in regard to fast process and product quality control, regulatory compliance and quicker market introduction of high quality products. This calls for real-time measurements, necessitating process-adapted nanoscale metrology for the manufacturing industry.

Proposals should advance and establish nano-scale, multimodal and multi-scale materials characterisation tools and methods, allowing rapid and reliable high-resolution analyses.

22
jan
2019

Improved decision making for materials producers and product manufacturers needs an environment that gives fast access to information and thereby allows reacting to changing feedstock, markets and regulatory demands. This would need an open translation environment that translates a specific manufacturing challenge into a materials modelling workflow that provides knowledge to support optimal material and process design.

The translation environment should be one coherent and seamless system for optimised development of novel materials and products.

22
jan
2019

Various industrial sectors, and in particular structural or functional materials, coatings and cosmetics, as well as pharma and health technology are currently searching for ways to mitigate possible risks from nanomaterials and nano-containing products.

Proposals should focus on several areas such as degradation of nano-enabled products and ageing of nanomaterials, and mixture toxicity.

22
jan
2019

Agricultural productivity that does not keep up with the current population increase, the growing demand for biomass production (as feedstock for biofuels) and the nonstop rise of global CO2 emissions with its consequences for climate change, are all circumstances that make it urgent to increase the yield of biomass.

Proposals should work towards the optimisation of photosynthesis by capitalising on multidisciplinary approaches, such as functional genomics, systems biology, metabolic modelling, enzyme engineering, computational biology, synthetic biology, directed evolution and gene editing techniques.

22
jan
2019

Europe is a leader in the development of materials for organic and large area electronics (OLAE) but the materials still need to be improved to maintain this position.

Activities should include material development and improvement (electrical performance, processability, stability and lifetime during device operation), as well as prototyping of advanced OLAE based electronic products.

22
jan
2019

Additive manufacturing (AM) is now applied in the processing of most industrial metals, ceramics, polymers and composites, albeit at quite different levels of industrial readiness. The challenge is to develop equipment that allows the additive layer manufacturing of multi-materials items and multi-functional materials.

By combining several materials, proposals should advance the state of the art through the development of ready assembled multifunctional devices.

22
jan
2019

The efficient storage and utilisation of solar energy in the form of chemicals or chemical energy will play a key role to transform the European industry into a low-carbon economy. In the long term, there will be a need for highly integrated solutionsenabling the carbon-neutral production of high-value chemicals or energy, which is crucial to reduce CO2 emissions.

Scope: Development of cheap materials and integrated processes/devices for the direct photocatalytic conversion of CO2 (from anthropogenic CO2 sources and/or from air) and H2O to fuels and/or chemicals, with an overall solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of >20%.

22
jan
2019

Driven by the needs for a cleaner environment and the transition towards a low-carbon competitive economy, deployment of solar and wind energy increases. The respective energy supply will be much more decentralised, resulting in enhanced needs for deployment of large to small scale industrial electricity grids, and in an increased share of electricity produced in private households.

Proposals should cover several areas such as the following: Develop more price competitive, better performant and highly safe battery storage
solutions, with improved lifetime by lowering the cost and capital expenditure.

22
jan
2019

Sustainable energy production can only work well when the specific different energy storage challenges are solved. So, solar panels and wind generators do not
deliver energy when no sun is shining or no wind is blowing.

Non battery-based storage technologies, such as Power to Gas, Power to chemicals and power to liquids (based e.g. on ethanol, methanol or ammoniac), or compressed air energy storage CAES, can be suitable solutions for different energy storage needs.

22
jan
2019

The realisation of the European goals of increased energy efficiency, reduction in CO2 emissions and the circular economy require novel ways of using, harvesting and storing energy.

Proposals should cover several areas e.g.: The development of new materials and material combinations with energy harvesting and storage capabilities.

21
feb
2019

The transfer to industrial companies of the Do It Yourself (DIY), fablabs, micro-factories and makers approaches can pioneer ways towards engineering solutions throughout the whole value chain. Industry is not yet widely using such innovative approaches to engage consumers and respond to societal needs, also taking into account the individual preferences of women and men.

Proposals should particularly cover consumer-goods sectors and couple design, creativity and knowledge with a customer-driven production. The co-creation of products in both ends of the value chain represents customer involvement in the production.

21
feb
2019

In line with the circular economy, lifetime extension can limit high replacement costs of major industrial infrastructures. This can be achieved through refurbishment, re-manufacturing, re-use, upgrading, in-situ repair, improved maintenance and more conservative utilisation of large industrial equipment of the kind used in manufacturing.

This topic is for demonstration projects to establish the feasibility of lifetime extension of large industrial equipment of the kind used in manufacturing, including modernisation of equipment for data collection and interfaces.

21
feb
2019

The handling of soft materials with the involvement of robots remains limited. The control systems of the robot need to be very sensitive, accurate and fast to
prevent unwanted irreversible deformations and damages.

Proposals need to cover both of the following areas: Innovative technologies for the handling of the soft and flexible materials such as gripping, moving, positioning, sorting, joining etc.; And system solutions that can manage all product and material related data (size, shape, weight, colour, material composition, defects, etc.).

21
feb
2019

Shortage in raw materials, increased energy prices and environmental constraints require the European process industry to improve its performance and flexibility and there are unexploited opportunities for digitising a large range of enterprises of very different size in the process industry.

Proposals need to develop new technologies to realise cognitive production plants, with improved efficiency and sustainability, by use of smart and networked sensor technologies, intelligent handling and online evaluation of various forms of data streams as well as new methods for self-organizing processes and process chains.

21
feb
2019

Today, process industry operations for downstream processing represent on average 50-60% of the total capital (CAPEX) and operating costs (OPEX) and they account for up to 45% of the process energy in industrial operations. These high costs for downstream processing are often linked to the inefficiencies in the upstream process, due to low conversion and formation of co-products, by-products and/or impurities.

Proposals submitted under this topic are expected to provide novel solutions for a deeper integration of upstream and downstream processing operations.

21
feb
2019

Process industry plants have to be operated for a long time to make their operations viable. They include equipment such as furnaces, reactors, raw materials handling and storage systems which sometimes have a lifetime beyond 30 years. Keeping these facilities up to date from a technological and from regulatory point of view (for instance related to zero waste regulations and to the circular economy) is a major challenge.

Proposals need to cover several areas e.g.: The development of tools and methodologies to streamline and support retrofitting.

21
feb
2019

Europe is leader in the development of components for buildings retrofitting. Its leadership is based on the use of high-efficient insulation materials including
concrete, steel, glass, composites, wood and hybrids, which should lead to achieving recyclable, nearly zero-energy building envelopes (roofs, façades) when applied to new buildings.

Scope: The development of lightweight components based on high-efficiency insulation materials needs adding active energy management capabilities without increasing weight.

21
feb
2019

Energy Efficiency targets set at EU level by legislation are currently being reviewed. The related SET-Plan rolls out concrete steps how research and innovation could further reach these targets by 2025. However, the current practice to construct nearly zero-energy houses will be insufficient to reach the CO2 emission reduction targets for 2050.

New designs, making use of already developed and validated materials and components and smarter control systems ready to treat vast amounts of data are needed. The surplus of energy should come from renewable sources (geothermal heat, photovoltaics, wind, etc.), obviously optimizing the dynamic character of the energy balance all along the year.

21
feb
2019

Optimised storage solutions for thermal and electric energy are needed in order to better synchronise the overall supply and demand, at residential, district and urban level. Efficient management of the peak loads would reduce the overall operational costs of the installations. The main challenge is to demonstrate integrated thermal storage systems.

Proposals should develop advanced solutions including several elements such as: Reach improved heat exchange in and between storage material and heat carrier as well as high performing storage reactor over time;

24
apr
2019

After being used, plastics should be separated in order to be subject to the most appropriate waste treatment processes. This is increasingly difficult and inefficient due to, for example, consumers' inaccurate identification of the appropriate types of plastics for recycling.

Proposals will develop environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions for managing the waste of plastics mixtures based on the use of communities of microorganisms with a set of complementary enzymes.

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