One of the main goals of EUBREN is to foster the collaboration of its members and other stakeholders as SMEs or the industry in the development of European projects to be funded by diverse European programmes. EUBREN staff will offer its expertise to upgrade the cooperation among its members, identify new opportunities, communicate and disseminate new initiatives, encourage new opportunities and collaborations with the industry and assist EUBREN members in the development of projects proposals and consortia.
Biomass related research is among the main areas to be funded by the Horizon 2020 programme. With a budget of nearly 80€ billion for the next 7 years (2014-2020), it is the biggest EU research programme ever. Regarding the biomass sector, Horizon 2020 addresses in several sections and subsections, such as Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy, Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials or the Bioeconomy subsection. Moreover, within the framework of Horizon 2020, new initiatives have been established in order to develop the potential of biomass such as Bio-Based Industries Public Private Partnership, which with a budget of 3,7€ billions aims at increasing investment in the development of a sustainable bio-based industry sector in Europe.
These funds can be combined with other European programmes such as the European Regional Development Fund which has as key thematic areas the Low Carbon Economy and Innovation and Research. As part of it, the Interreg initiative fosters the collaboration of stakeholders from specific geographic areas also within the area of bioeconomy and green energies. Within the field of environment and Climate Action, LIFE programme funds several actions related with the biomass sector, as a matter of fact the sustainable use of solid biomass is one of the Climate Change Mitigation topics of interests. Furthermore, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, specifically within the context of the EIP Agriculture or the European Regional Development Fund can work together with R&I funds in order to increase the amount and effectiveness of these grants.