Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU)

For whom?

All kinds of organisations; from businesses to knowledge and educational institutions, governments and civil society organisationss

For what?

The development of bio-based innovations

When to apply?

In Q2-Q3 of 2022 (indicative)

More information

Are you working on the development of bio-based products? Good news: the successful European programme Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) will be succeeded by Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU). This means new funding opportunities for bio-based innovations. The programme falls under Horizon Europe and runs from 2021 to 2031. Although no concrete information is available yet, we do know that the new programme will be similar to its predecessor and we can give an indication of when the first calls will be launched.

What can CBE JU mean for you and Europe?

You are able to receive a subsidy from CBE JU which allows you to realize your bio-based innovation. This also reduces the financial risk of your project. Moreover, with your innovation, Europe will be one step closed to becoming a cleaner, more sustainable and circular society. Renewable bio-based products and materials are an important link in the transition to climate neutrality.

For whom is this programme?

CBE JU brings together all kinds of parties from the bio-based industry; from farmers to researchers. It is expected that private and public partnerships will be able to submit a proposal for CBE JU.

Objectives of CBE JU 2021-2031

The new programme aims to:

  • Accelerate the innovation process and the development of innovative bio-based solutions;
  • Accelerate the market application of existing mature and innovative bio-based solutions;
  • Ensure a high level of environmental performance of industrial bio-based systems.


  • Biogenic carbon capture and use (CCU) for circular bio-based products
  • Cooperative business models for the sustainable mobilisation and valorisation of agricultural residues, by-products, and waste in rural areas
  • Cost-effective production routes towards bio-based alternatives to fossil-based chemical building blocks
  • Co-processing of mixed bio-based waste streams
  • Maximum valorisation of sustainably sourced bio-based feedstock in multi-product, zero-waste, zero-pollution biorefinery
  • Alternative sources for high added value food and/or feed ingredients
  • High performance bio-based polymers for market applications with stringent requirements
  • Bio-based coatings, barriers, binders, and adhesives
  • Circular-by-design bio-based materials to improve the circularity of complex structures
  • Proteins from alternative and unconventional sources
  • Sustainable fibres biorefineries feedstock
  • Developing and validating monitoring systems of environmental sustainability and circularity; collection of best practices and benchmarks

The current timeline

The European Commission is currently still working hard to develop the programme and set up the bodies and committees that will manage it. The work programme is expected to be published in Q1-Q2 of 2022. The first calls for proposals will be launched in Q2-Q3 of 2022. These calls will close before the end of 2022. This is all still indicative. We will update this page once more information is known about the CBE JU work programme and the related openings and deadlines.

For more information be sure to join the CBE JU Info Day and networking event on 7 June 2022. More information on the event and how to register can be found here.

Support with your application

Hezelburcht has extensive experience in supporting European applications. We have supported consortia both in putting together a consortium and in writing and submitting a successful application. Do you also need support in applying for funding for your project? Or would you like to discuss the possibilities of CBE JU with a specialist? Please contact us via 088 495 20 00 or for an introductory meeting.


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