We are pleased to share with you that the second call for proposals under the EU Just Transition Fund (EU JTF) has been launched! The Bioeconomy Demonstration Initiative Scheme will support the development of bioeconomy piloting and demonstration projects in the wider midlands area.
With a budget of €10 million for two separate projects, proposals are being sought to support the bio-based sector to become climate neutral and sustainable with enhanced circularity, while remaining competitive on the global market. This can be achieved by replacing non-renewable and fossil based raw materials and mineral resources with sustainably sourced biomass and biological waste to produce industrial and consumer goods. Funding will support close collaboration between stakeholders along the entire bio-based value chain, including SMEs, research performing organisations, universities, local authorities, clusters, primary producers, bioprocessing industries, and consumer brands. This funding call has two topics:
- Optimised and integrated industrial bio-based systems based on agriculture and/or forestry-based value chains
- Processing and co-processing of bio-based waste and mixed bio-based waste.
Closing date for applications is 12.00pm noon on 13th October 2023.
The Bioeconomy Demonstration Initiative scheme is being administered through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and is one of the schemes supported by the EU Just Transition Fund. Co-funded by the Government of Ireland and European Union, the EU Just Transition Fund has a single specific objective, which is to enable regions and people to address the social employment, economic and environmental impacts of the transition towards the Union’s 2030 targets for energy and climate and a climate-neutral economy of the Union by 2050, based on the Paris Agreement.
Full call information, including call specification and call guidelines, and how to apply can be found on www.gov.ie/en/publication/deb47-2023-bioeconomy-demonstration-initiative-eu-just-transition-fund/.
An online information session dedicated to potential applicants of the Bioeconomy Demonstration Initiative scheme will take place on Monday, 28 August at 11:00am to 1.00pm.
Register to attend the info session: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/281507295703989846.