The 10th Joint Call in the framework of ERA-NET Bioenergy was launched on October 12th 2015 for proposals on the topic “Biobased Economy”. Proposals may focus on different bioenergy value chains or energy uses (heating/cooling, electricity, transport biofuels), but in all cases, the question of economic, environmental and social sustainability of the concept/value chain must be addressed in the proposal. Ideally, concepts enable full or improved usage of the raw material and/or put the focus on residues, by-products and other forms of raw material that minimise competition with food production. Concepts that integrate the production of a range of different products/intermediates (chemicals, compound materials, bioenergy incl. transport biofuels) may also be addressed, but projects relevant to this call are expected to focus on added value of energetic uses (bioenergy incl. transport biofuels).
The public funding for the call will be provided by the 5 participating national funding organisations from Austria, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
The submission of proposals follows a 2-step procedure. Step 1 is the pre-proposal phase. Consortia who have passed passed the first evaluation stage have submitted their full proposals. During the expert group meeting in September all full proposals have been assessed and ranked. Afterwards all consortia will be informed about the outcome. During the negotiation phase all invited consortia will negotiate with the agencies about the funding and prepare a consortium agreement. Projects are expected to start early 2017.