Cooperative business models for the sustainable mobilisation and valorisation of agricultural residues, by-products, and waste in rural areas


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking

Programme Description

The Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) is a €2 billion partnership between the European Union and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) that funds projects advancing competitive circular bio-based industries in Europe.

CBE JU is operating under the rules of Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme, for the 2021-2031 period. The partnership is building on the success of its predecessor, the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), while addressing the current challenges facing the industry.


Programme Details

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Cooperative business models for the sustainable mobilisation and valorisation of agricultural residues, by-products, and waste in rural areas


Successful proposals will support the Bioeconomy Strategy and the Common Agriculture Policy by promoting diverse forms of cooperation among primary producers to produce sustainable valueadded bio-based products in fair bio-based value chains.

Detailed Call Description

Project results should contribute to the following expected outcomes:

  • Vertical integration of primary producers in bio-based systems and improved cooperation between regional stakeholders in rural areas.
  • Deployment of replicable, regional, circular bio-based business models through organisational innovation.
  • Mobilisation and circular use of secondary biological resources and new valorisation pathways for high added-value applications in the scope of CBE through biorefinery processing and technologies
  • Through the development of new jobs and growth, diversification, and revitalisation of the economy in rural areas, ensure fair benefit distribution among all actors involved, with a focus on the primary sector.
  • Production of added-value bio-based materials and industrial products with improved sustainability characteristics and identification of factors for success in respect to robust contracts and agreements, training, and capacity building.
  • Support the establishment of cooperatively owned biorefineries, taking advantage of having full control of the value chain, optimizing value creation and stability in high quality feedstock
  • Preservation/improvement of soil quality and fertility.
  • Public awareness and acceptance of bio-based solutions.
  • Support market uptake growth and acceptance of scalable bio-based solutions.

Call Total Budget

€10 million

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

It is estimated that a contribution of EUR 5 million would allow these outcomes to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of a proposal requesting different amounts.

Thematic Categories

  • Agriculture - Farming - Forestry
  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Rural development

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • Central Government
  • Large Enterprises
  • Legal Entities
  • Local Authorities
  • Local Authority clusters
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

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(Publish Date: 18/07/2022-for internal use only)