Production of safe, sustainable, and efficient bio-based fertilisers to improve soil health and quality


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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Production of safe, sustainable, and efficient bio-based fertilisers to improve soil health and quality


Fertilisers are critical for the EU agriculture and the current market situation for fossil and mineral fertilisers, together with a general increase of input costs, could have significant impacts on EU farmers and their productivity.

Bio-based fertilisers have the potential to make the food system more sustainable.

Polymeric materials and plastic coatings, used to optimise the release properties of fertilisers, remain a significant problem in terms of environmental pollution and risks to human health.

Detailed Call Description

Proposals under this topic should:

  • Demonstrate the technical validation and implementation of bio-based fertiliser production from nutrient-rich waste and side streams (such as agricultural/forest/aquatic residues and wastes, municipal waste, food waste, sludge, etc.), thereby reducing the environmental impact linked to the dispersion of nutrients.
  • Develop and validate novel bio-based fertilisers, including biodegradable fertiliser coatings or other delivery system (if applicable), ensuring their agronomic efficiency, safety and sustainability with similar or improved properties compared to synthetic and mineral fertilisers.
  • Contribute to the substitution of conventional, non-renewable fertilisers, thereby reducing the dependency and risks related to depletion, market volatility as well as import dependency.
  • Address the product marketability and compliance with EU Regulation 2019/1009 to the largest possible extent.
  • Optimise the costs of the value chain (including logistics) and circular approaches of waste and side streams and increase resource efficiency of the fertiliser production.
  • Engage with primary producers and test the developed products on demo farms, including the machinery for application, and monitor the effects on soil health and quality. If applicable, connect and cooperate with existing living labs in the framework of the EU mission ‘A soil deal for Europe’.

Proposals are recommended to include a task to perform an assessment based on the safe-and- sustainable-by-design (SSbD) framework, developed by the European Commission, for assessing the safety and sustainability of chemicals and materials.

Call Total Budget

€15 000 000

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


Expected EU Contribution: €7 500 000

Thematic Categories

  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Industry
  • Land Development
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Rural development
  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness

Eligibility for Participation

  • International Organisations
  • Investment Funds
  • Large Enterprises
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Private Bodies
  • Producer Associations
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Training Centres

Eligibility For Participation Notes

For additional specific conditions, which are described in section 2.2.3 in the CBE JU Annual Work Programme 2023.

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