Open call

Support for business model development in bioeconomy and bio-based product validation.

The 1st Open Call will be open from :

the 15th of June

to the 30 of September 2024.

Stay tuned for updates on eligibility criteria, application processes, and timelines for our Open Calls.

Join us in shaping the future of sustainable bio-based products!

To validate the high-value bio-based products developed across the five living labs in end-use applications, the PRIMED project is initiating an Open Call for end-users. This call welcomes participation from various stakeholders, including primary producers, SMEs, and industry representatives across Europe.

As part of our commitment to bio-based byproducts validation, we invite end-users to participate in our Open Calls. During the project, we will launch 2 Open Calls, offering a total amount of €500k in funding opportunities. This funding will be split into €100k for each living lab providing selected end-users for the opportunity to test and validate the added-value bio-based materials/chemicals/fuels/end products.

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Information about the open call


Goal 1
Goal 2

The future
of the success

The European PRIMED project aims to bolster rural economies through green job creation and investments. It focuses on developing scalable biorefinery models, creating diverse value chains (15+ CBMB), and investing in R&D with €500k for innovative technologies.

The project links underused feedstocks with tech and market data, testing 10 bio-based solutions for economic and environmental viability. It also identifies success factors and offers policy recommendations for robust contracts, training, and marketing strategies. PRIMED targets climate neutrality by 2035 in the land sector and by 2050 in the economy through efficient bio-waste utilization, including clean energy and carbon sequestration. It supports agricultural diversification, sustainable food systems aligned with the farm-to-fork strategy and fosters collaboration among primary producers and value chain stakeholders.


What is in the
scope of the call ?

Laboratory analysis:

Feedstock or product composition, purity and contamination, certifications analysis towards product validation for a target market.

Legal, financial and market assessment for IP freedom to operate:

Informed decision-making for a successful business operation

Engineering support:

A wide range of services that covers, from design and prototyping to testing, manufacturing, and maintenance.

Market analysis:

A detailed assessment of the business’s target market and the competitive landscape.


Careful organization of different activities to ensure its successful and effective execution.

Who can

The potential participants and end-users such as:

Bio-based products end-users (SMEs, Primary producers and industry) who could test and validate the by-product created in the different living labs of the project.

Where it has
to be located ?

Applicants (single entity/organisation or group of organisations/ entities) should be ideally located near to the Living Labs regions.

Spain – Alcarràs, Lleida, Catalunya
LLab1 ALC Bio-Lab (SPAIN)

Description: ALC is a bio-industry park created by 150 families of primary producers (Agricultural Transformation Society) that involves more than 500 livestock farms.
Feedstocks: Livestock Biomass (pig slurry, cow manure), agricultural waste (rotten fruits, wood, straw) and fruit-tree pruning.
Technology: Anaerobic digestion plant, and biogas upgrading plant, which will be included during the project.
End-products: Nitrogenous water for agriculture irrigation, and bio-fertilizers such as digestate, ammonium sulphate, can be used in the fields. Additionally, bio-CNG (compressed natural gas) can serve as fuel for tractors.

LLab2 Bio-Silica Lab (PORTUGAL)

Description: At CeNTI’s Llab (Bio-Silica lab), bio-based silica particles will be extracted from silica-rich agro-industrial residues pre-treated by physical processes.
Feedstocks: Agro-industrial residues (silica-rich residues).
Technology: Functional silica nanoparticles (flame retardant, repellence, antimicrobial).
End-products: Biomaterials and biochemical, such as: functional silica nanoparticles; fibers/ polymers and functional coatings

LLab3 Liguria Bio-Lab (ITALY)

Description: Liguria Bio-Lab aims to demonstrate two value chains related to circularity in Italian regional territorial context, integrating existing knowledge, capitalizing on new research and innovation and building on public-private partnerships that place sustainable development at their core.
Feedstock: Fishing and fish-industry side-streams; Food-waste or/and agri-waste.
Technology: Biomass pre-treatment, bioconversion tech and biodegradable films technologies.
End-products: Bio-actives and gelatine for high value-added food supplements and skin care products, fertilisers, biodiesel, bioplastics

LLab4 BioEire Lab (IRELAND)

Description: In BioEire Lab value chains and technologies, including fermentation, will be mapped fostering connections within the Irish bioeconomy landscape to connect relevant biomass providers with technology providers and to end-users.
Feedstocks: Dairy by-products and forestry biomass.
Technology: Fermentation of dairy waste and pyrolysis of forestry waste.
End-products: Lactic acid for biodegradable plastics, bio-based fertilisers (biochar).

LLab5 CellFactory Lab (FINLAND)

Description: CellFactory with help of plant biotechnology will produce plant cell culture biomasses to be studied as novel, innovative ingredients for food and cosmetic applications.
Feedstock: Agri-food side-streams e.g. side streams from vegetable processing industry (fresh or dried biomass or further processed e.g. fermented biomass).
Technology: Plant cell culture technology.
End-products: Ingredients for novel food and cosmetic applications.

The European Innovation Council work programme 2024 opens funding opportunities worth over €1.2 billion for strategic technologies and scaling up companies. The majority is dedicated to SMEs and start-ups to develop and scale up “deep tech” innovations in critical fields such as generative artificial intelligence (AI), space, critical raw materials, semiconductors and quantum technologies.


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The applicants (and partners, if a consortium is applying) must have a good level of fluency in English. The application form must be filled only in English. Any documents attached to the application form that is in a language other than English will not be considered.

 The maximum total amount of financial resources that can be requested is 50€k per applicant.


To apply for this open call, download our form, fill it out, and submit it to:

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All answers
to your questions

Can I present multiple proposals?

A same entity can submit different proposals to the call. In the case two proposals are very similar, only the latest submission will be taken into the account. Also, joint applications (involving more than one partner) are welcomed.

The applicants must be established in EU member states or associated countries as listed in the Horizon Europe guidelines.

  • Submission period (15th June – 30th September)
  • Eligibility check & proposal evaluation (1st October – 1st November)
  • Technical and budget checks (with the LLabs) (1st November – 1st December)
  • Announcement of selected end users and signing of grant agreements (4th December – 20th December)
  • Implementation and monitoring (January – October 2025)

The only requirement is to be for-profit legal entities.

Between five and ten projects.

Yes, the Open Call allows joint applications.

Yes, the open call especially welcomes on small innovative projects.

The selected end users commit to utilize the grant for the purposes agreed with each Llab. The budget allocated to end-users will be closely monitored to ensure effective utilization. Regular budget checks will be conducted to identify discrepancies or areas requiring adjustments.

Also, end users commit to share all relevant information requested by PRIMED partners and/or the European Commission about the agreed-upon activities and participate in networking events organized by the LLabs.

How can I apply? What document I need to prepare?

To apply you have to download the Template form from the website, fill it up and then send into this email The document must be filled up in English and not additional documentation will be taken into the account.

It is mandatory that the end users should be in the same country the Living Lab is located.

The jury’s decision is final and cannot be appealed. However, you can resubmit a proposal in the upcoming second Open Call.

Basing on the Jury feedback, you will receive a short explanation of your score.

The maximum grant is 50,000 euros for proposal.

First the applicant must be eligible meeting the following requirements:

  1. Be for-profit legal entities.
  2. Be established in EU member states or associated countries as listed in the Horizon Europe guidelines.
  3. Have identified an opportunity to integrate a novel processed bioproduct into their production process, replacing a non-circular input.
  4. Request a grant equal to or less than €50,000.
  5. Commit the necessary human and other resources not covered by the grant that are necessary for the implementation of the project.
  6. Adhere to all European Commission requirements regarding conflict of interest, confidentiality, security, and ethics.
  7. Fulfil all HORIZON EUROPE requirements regarding financial support to third parties, including visibility, specific rules for carrying out actions, and information and record-keeping.

Being an eligible candidate, the initial evaluation starts punctuating the follow topics from 1-5: ambition; innovation; regulation, standardization and certification issues; viability; maturity; market opportunity; competitive advantage; business and commercial strategy; replicability and scalability potential of the process; societal, environmental and economic impacts; work plan description; team; budget estimation; co-funding ; and risk management.

Once the proposals have been scored, the top-ranking proposal/s for each LLab will be invited to engage in discussions with their selected LLab. The LLab will conduct a technical check of the proposed work to assess its feasibility and resource allocation.

The submitted proposals will be evaluated by the Evaluation Board, compromising 4-5 evaluators.

No, as the applicant has to be a for-profit legal entity.

No, the costs must be justified, and only actual cost will be reimbursed by the grant.