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Call: Bio-based innovation for sustainable goods and services - Supporting the development of a European Bioeconomy

Acronym H2020
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"Horizon 2020"
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly 80 billion € of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Apart from classic research projects, Horizon 2020 also funds innovation projects and pilot-projects in different fields.
The programme is divided into three different sections:
  1. Excellent Science
  2. Industrial Leadership
  3. Societal Challenges
Countries eligible for funding are: The EU-Member States, Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Moldova, Switzerland, Ukraine, Faroe Islands, Israel, Tunisia, Georgia, Armenia.
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Description of programme
"Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy"

Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, together with the bio-based industries, are integral parts of the European economy and society. Relying on the use of limited natural resources, these sectors produce and process biological resources to satisfy the demand of consumers and a wide range of industries for food, feed, bio-energy and bio-based products. While they enhance Europe’s self-reliance and provide jobs and business opportunities essential for rural, coastal and marine areas, these sectors are also facing significant challenges which require solutions based on research and innovation. A transition is needed towards an optimal and renewable use of biological resources and towards sustainable primary production and processing systems. These systems will need to produce more food, fibre and other bio-based products with minimised inputs, environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions, and with enhanced ecosystem services, zero waste and adequate societal value.

Bio-based innovation for sustainable goods and services - Supporting the development of a European Bioeconomy
Description of call
"Bio-based innovation for sustainable goods and services - Supporting the development of a European Bioeconomy"

This call will embrace two main aspects of the bio-based innovation. Firstly, it will encompass the production, mobilisation and use of biomass including new business and service models, to sustainably secure raw material supply for a wide range of industrial products taking into account potential trade-offs of competing land-uses. Secondly, it will consider stakeholders engagement and demand-side measures supporting market development of bio-based products. Within this focus area, two sub-areas have been identified:


  • Securing sustainable biomass supply for bio-based goods and services. 
  • Building the "bio-based markets of the future" - mobilising stakeholders engagement. 


The two sub-areas include the following topics:


  • Sustainability schemes for the bio-based economy
  • Towards a method for the collection of statistical data on bio-based industries and bio-based products
  • Adaptive tree breeding strategies and tools for forest production systems resilient to climate change and natural disturbances
  • Intelligent solutions and tools in forest production systems, fostering a sustainable supply of quality wood for the growing bioeconomy
  • Bio-based products: Mobilisation and mutual learning action plan
  • The regional dimension of bio-based industries


Wherever possible, proposers may seek synergies, including possibilities for funding, with relevant national/ regional research and innovation programmes and/or cumulative funding with European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in connection with research & innovation smart specialisation strategies (RIS3).

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Thematic Focus Biotechnology, Research, Industry, Innovation, Capacity Building, Climate, Agriculture and Forestry, Sustainability, Environment & biodiversity, Natural ressources
Funding area EU Member States
Candidate Countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Norway / Norge
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Origin of Applicant EU Member States

Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), NGO / NPO, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

Depending on the activity under this call, the requred number of partners is between one and three legal entities each of which is established in a different EU Member State or Horizon2020 associated country.

Recurring Call No
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details

Research projects: Up to 100%

Innovation projects: 70%


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