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Bio-intelligent manufacturing industries (Made in Europe Partnership)
Horzion Europe - Cluster 4 - Destination 1: Climate Neutral, Circular and Digitised Production
Estimated EU contribution per project
between € 4,000,000.00 and € 5,000,000.00
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The biological transformation of industry is a pioneering frontier that the industry of the Union and Associated Countries can harness to enhance circularity and sustainability, while advancing production efficiency and competitiveness.
The biological transformation of industry involves the integration of bio-intelligent structures, processes, organisms or materials into technology by systematically applying knowledge from biology. This should lead to a necessary convergence of biotechnology with mechanical engineering, production technology and information technology with new possibilities for the flexible adaptation of production and value creation processes to requirements, especially in the context of sustainability.
The biological transformation of industries includes but is not limited to:
- Bio-inspired manufacturing processes (biomimicry, biomimetics);
- Development of bio-intelligent manufacturing systems or tools;
- Expanding opportunities of bio-intelligent and bio-based materials by substituting fossil-based raw materials and limiting the release of microplastics, e.g. in the textile industry;
- A systematic application of the knowledge of nature and/or natural processes aiming at optimising a manufacturing system through a convergence and the integration of technical and biological processes.
This transformation can also aid in reducing the carbon footprint of production and products, and foster circularity, while contributing to the competitiveness and digitalisation of the industry of the Union and Associated Countries.
Proposals need to demonstrate the development of digital and green technologies that facilitate the upscaled manufacturing of bio-based or bio-intelligent products in one manufacturing value chain. In addition, sustainable business models need to be developed for production and recycling of the products.
Proposals should address either advanced manufacturing techniques (e.g. additive manufacturing, extrusion, moulding etc.) to process bio-materials or bio-intelligent components for upscaled production; or bio-intelligent production technologies; or combinations of these two approaches.
The focus of this topic is on manufacturing. The development of materials beyond the manufacturing context is excluded.
Proposals submitted under this topic should include a business case and exploitation strategy, as outlined in the introduction to this Destination.
Research must build on existing standards or contribute to standardisation. Interoperability for data sharing should be addressed, leveraging on existing ontologies and metadata and though the implementation of the FAIR data principles.
Additionally, a strategy for skills development should be presented, associating social partners and civil society where relevant. Collaboration with EIT Manufacturing is encouraged, in particular on the development of skills.
All projects should build on or seek collaboration with existing projects and develop synergies with other relevant European, national or regional initiatives, funding programmes and platforms, for example with Horizon Europe Cluster 6 and its Destination on Circular Economy and Bioeconomy sectors and/or its Partnership Circular Bio-based Europe (CBE).
This topic implements the co-programmed European Partnership Made in Europe.
European manufacturing industries are reinforced through biological transformation; in particular
- Access to bio-intelligent production technologies and architecture;
- Technological advances and improvements in sustainability (in particular SDGs 11, 12 and 13) arising from the integration of bio-intelligent principles, functions, structures and technologies in manufacturing;
- Substitution of raw materials by bio-based materials, or implementation of bio-based or bio-intelligent manufacturing operations, and business models leading to regenerative production.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan), Belarus (Беларусь), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Morocco (المغرب), New Zealand (Aotearoa), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:
- the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions
- the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States
- third countries associated to Horizon Europe - see list of particpating countries
Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:
- at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
- at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.
Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
- Affiliated entities — Affiliated entities (i.e. entities with a legal or capital link to a beneficiary which participate in the action with similar rights and obligations to the beneficiaries, but which do not sign the grant agreement and therefore do not become beneficiaries themselves) are allowed, if they are eligible for participation and funding.
- Associated partners — Associated partners (i.e. entities which participate in the action without signing the grant agreement, and without the right to charge costs or claim contributions) are allowed, subject to any conditions regarding associated partners set out in the specific call conditions.
- Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees to protect the EU’s financial interests equivalent to those offered by legal persons.
- EU bodies — Legal entities created under EU law including decentralised agencies may be part of the consortium, unless provided for otherwise in their basic act.
- Joint Research Centre (‘JRC’)— Where provided for in the specific call conditions, applicants may include in their proposals the possible contribution of the JRC but the JRC will not participate in the preparation and submission of the proposal. Applicants will indicate the contribution that the JRC could bring to the project based on the scope of the topic text. After the evaluation process, the JRC and the consortium selected for funding may come to an agreement on the specific terms of the participation of the JRC. If an agreement is found, the JRC may accede to the grant agreement as beneficiary requesting zero funding or participate as an associated partner, and would accede to the consortium as a member.
- Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members (e.g. European research infrastructure consortia (ERICs)) may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. However, if the action is in practice implemented by the individual members, those members should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible.
other eligibility criteria
Activities are expected to start at TRL 4 and achieve TRL 6 by the end of the project.
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
This topic is a two-stage proposal. The deadline for the first stage is 7 February 2024. If invited to submit at the second stage, the deadline is 24 September 2024.
This topic is part of the blind evaluation pilot under which first stage proposals will be evaluated blindly.
Applicants submitting a proposal under the blind evaluation pilot must not disclose their organisation names, acronyms, logos, nor names of personnel in Part B of their first stage application (see General Annex E).
Eligible costs will take the form of a lump sum.
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 50 pages.
In order to include a business case and exploitation strategy, the page limit in General Annex A of the General Annexes is exceptionally extended by 3 pages.