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The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI) Launches a €100 million Call for Proposals
Brussels, 26 May 2015 –The European Joint Undertaking on Bio-based Industries (BBI) has launched a €100 million Call for Proposals. The Call is dedicated to Innovation Actions (“Flagships”) and focuses on lignocellulosic feedstock (BBI Value Chain 1), valorisation of cellulose (BBI Value Chain 2) and innovative processes for sugar recovery and conversion from Municipal Solid Waste (BBI Value Chain 4).
Deadline: 15 September 2015 (single stage call).
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Horizon2020 Work Programme 2015: Topics of Interest for the Forest-based Sector - updated as at May 2015. To access the list click here.Courtesy of FTP Germany (Jean-Yves Escabasse)
Horizon 2020 First Statistics and the Performance of the FBS
The European Commission received 45,000 applications for grants in the first 14 months of Horizon 2020. The average success rate during this period has been lower than in prior EU programmes. The EU Open Data Portal contains a dataset on the first signed grant agreements under Horizon 2020. The dataset is available here.
FTP has identified 23 projects with a total EU contribution of €67.8 million as relevant to the forest-based sector and answering to the FTP SRA. We estimate that the first BBI JU Call could add another €15-20 million to this amount. This means that 1.8% to 2.4% of the Horizon 2020 EU funding for 2014 has been assigned to projects relevant for our sector. More information on these 23 FBS-related projects and their partners can be found on the FTP Research & Innovation Portal.
Funding from Horizon 2020 provides an essential tool to achieve a more sustainable and competitive forest-based sector.
EP Adopts Non-legislative Report on the EU Forest Strategy
Brussels, 28 April 2015: The European Parliament adopted by large majority a non-legislative report supporting the new EU Forest Strategy. The Strategy, which was developed by the Commission in close cooperation with Member States and stakeholders, gives a new framework in response to the new challenges facing forests and the forest sector. The Strategy highlights that forests are not only important for rural development, but also for the environment- especially for biodiversity; for forest-based industries; bioenergy; and in the fight against climate change. Read the EP press release here.
Assessing the Effectiveness and Impact of the EUTR and FLEGT Action Plan
The EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT Action Plan aim to combat illegal timber logging and trade, and improve forest governance. The results of the new EFI policy study “Assessment of the EU Timber Regulation and the FLEGT Action Plan” were presented and discussed at a ThinkForest seminar at the European Parliament in Brussels, on 21 April. Read more about the event here. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
European Commission Launches Public Consultation on the EU Timber Regulation
Brussels, 24 April 2015: Two years after its entry into effect, the EC has launched an online public consultation on the EU Timber Regulation. The objective of the consultation is to gain stakeholder and public input regarding a review of the EU Timber Regulation (EU) 995/2010. The review will provide essential elements for the mandatory report to be submitted by the Commission by 3 December 2015 to the European Parliament and the Council.
Deadline for submission: 3 July 2015. To participate in the consultation please click here. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The Bioeconomy Panel
The Bioeconomy Panel brings together in one group different policy areas, sectors and stakeholders with the aim to support interaction between them and ensure the coherent development of the bioeconomy. The Panel has 30 members representing business and producers, policy-makers and public administrations, scientists and researchers, and civil society organisations. Johan Elvnert, FTP, is member of the Panel.
The Panel has written two issues papers, one on biomass supply and one on market-making in the bioeconomy. These issues papers have been published in a document called “Where next for the bioeconomy", which can be found here. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Results of the International Biorefinery Competition
Spinnova Ltd., a Finnish research and product development company, has won the international biorefinery competition organised by the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. Spinnova's new textile fibre production technology makes it possible to spin yarn directly from wood fibre, which according to the panel of judges, represents a breakthough technology that can revolutionise both the textile and forest industries. For more info click here ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Assessing the Cost Impacts of EU Legislation
The European Commission’s Directorate General for GROW (formerly DG Enterprise & Industry) has launched a study on the “cumulative cost assessment of EU legislation on the EU forest-based industries”. A first meeting was held on Friday 27 February, at which representatives of EU forest-based industry federations had the opportunity to learn about the study plan and the analytical approach to be used. The study will be carried out by a Consortium led by the Technopolis Group, EFI and BOKU (Vienna University of Life Sciences). _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Newly-formed EUROPEAN BIOECONOMY ALLIANCE Calls for EU action
On the occasion of its launch at the European Parliament on 4 February 2015, the newly-formed European Bioeconomy Alliance (EBA) called the EU to take action and adopt more predictable policies and a longer-term strategy for developing a competitive, dynamic and sustainable bioeconomy in Europe. We hope for the strong commitment by the European community to promote innovation in the forest-based value-chain as well as in the entire bioeconomy.
For more details please consult the press release here or contact info(at)bioeconomyalliance.eu ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
HIGH LEVEL CONFERENCE of the EUROPEAN INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP on RAW MATERIALS, Brussels, 13-14 January 2015
The Annual High Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP on Raw Materials) was held in Brussels on 13-14 January 2015. Several thematic sessions were held during the first day and a poster session was organised to present ongoing commitments. On the second day of the conference, a brokerage event on Horizon 2020 took place to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to meet potential partners for future projects and obtain information on funding possibilities in the scope of Horizon 2020. More info on the event as well as all presentations can be found on the EIP on Raw Materials website. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
TS Biotic Materials: Thematic Session 11 Biotic Materials for the Operational Group of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials, Brussels, 11 November 2014.
The three commitments - GENTLE, SWEETSTOCK, and ECAMOB - were presented and discussed at the workshop. One-page summaries of each session and presentations are available on the website of the EIP on Raw Materials and on the CIRCABC group of the EIP on Raw Materials. If you do not have access to CIRCABC, click here for instructions to create an ECAS password, then you can ask for access to the EIP Group by e-mail to ENTR-EIP-RAW-MATERIALS(at)ec.europa.eu.
The next round of Operational Groups will take place in February 2015. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
NEW COST OPEN CALL PUBLISHED
As previously announced on our website, a new COST Open Call was published in mid-December. The Call is open to ideas in all fields of Science and Technology. Proposals must include researchers from at least five COST Member Countries or Cooperating States. Action proposals will be gathered by 24 March 2015 (first collection date). For more info visit the COST website. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
NANOTECH EUROPE 2015 and EURONANOFORUM 2015 10-12 June, Riga, Latvia.
The submission of abstracts for Oral and Poster presentations to be held in conjunction with the EuroNanoForum 2015 is NOW OPEN!! All submitted abstracts should correspond to the scope of the EuroNanoForum conference. Deadline for oral presentations is 30 January 2015! Other deadlines are also approaching: Deadline to present a Poster abstract is 20 February 2015 and deadline to apply for Best Project is 27 February 2015. More info on the event here _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
FTP JOINT PARTNERING EVENT 2014 for Horizon 2020 and COST ACTIONS
FOR THE FOREST-BASED SECTOR in the BIOECONOMY
Thursday 13 November 2014, 10:00h-17:00h - MUNICON, Munich Airport
The recent 2014 joint FTP Partnering Event, succesfully hosted by FTP Gemany and in cooperation with COST, EFPRO, EFI, InnovaWood and PTS, was once again very appreciated by the close to 100 participants, representing research institutions and industry.
Nearly 45 flash presentations were shown with the aim to share information on the participants’ projects or action ideas. This year, the event had fewer general interest presentations and longer networking breaks, during which, the participants were able to network and register to the moderated brokerage workshops that had been scheduled for the afternoon. A total of ten groups were organised divided into different topics of interests. At each brokerage group, participants had the chance to exchange ideas and start to build partnerships for applications to Horizon 2020.
Further information on the event as well as all presentations can be found here
EU and Industry Partners Launch €3.7 Billion Investments
in the Renewable Bio-based Economy
Brussels, 9 July 2014 – EU and industry leaders have today launched a new European Joint Undertaking on Bio-based Industries (BBI). The aim is to trigger investments and create a competitive market for bio-based products and materials sourced locally and "Made in Europe", tackling some of Europe’s biggest societal challenges.
€3.7 billion will be injected into the European economy between 2014 and 2024 - €975 million from the European Commission and €2.7 billion from the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) - to develop an emerging bioeconomy sector. Through financing of research and innovation projects, the BBI will create new and novel partnerships across sectors, such as agriculture, agro-food, technology providers, forestry/pulp and paper, chemicals and energy.
Click here to see the complete list of Call topics
To read the press release click here
Join the database of independent experts for European research and innovation - Horizon 2020.
The European Commission appoints independent experts to assist with research and innovation assignments including the evaluation of proposals, monitoring of projects, and evaluation of programmes, and design of policy. FTP encourages stakeholders from the forest-based sector to become experts and to participate in the evaluation of proposals for Horizon 2020 Calls.
To find out more click here
Welcome to the forest-based sector technology platform
The Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) is a joint initiative of the European forest-based sector and was set up in 2005 to define a vision for the future of the forest-based sector. It is one of around 38 European technology platforms established as industry-led initiatives with EU support and its overall aim is to promote joint European cooperation on research and innovation.
In 2013 the sector renewed its Vision 2030, supporting the EU’s Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The renewed Vision identifies four Strategic Themes to address the ‘grand societal challenges’, set out by the European Commission. These Strategic Themes will drive the forest-based sector towards the development of a biobased society. At the same time, and with the support of its stakeholders across Europe, FTP revised its Strategic Research Agenda 2020 (SRA) which provides a roadmap for achieving the FTP Vision 2030.