Horizon Europe (2021 - 2027)

Novel, Sustainable and Circular Bio-based Textiles

Last update: Jun 4, 2024 Last update: Jun 4, 2024


Location:EU 27EU 27
Contracting Authority Type:Development Institution
Budget: EUR 14,000,000
Award ceiling: EUR 7,000,000
Award floor: N/A
Sector:Environment & NRM, Industry, Commerce & Services, Pollution & Waste Management (incl. treatment), SME & Private Sector
Eligible applicants:Unrestricted / Unspecified
Eligible nationalities:Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, A ... See more Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dem. Rep. Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Commonwealth of, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, French Southern Territory, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine / West Bank & Gaza, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Date posted: Dec 9, 2022

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Call Updates

Feb 15, 2024 2:48:42 PM



Published: 22.12.2022

Deadline: 26.09.2023

Available budget: EUR 80.00 M

The results of the evaluation are as follows:


Topic Id

Number of proposals submitted (including proposals transferred from or to other calls)

Number of inadmissible proposals

Number of ineligible proposals

Number of above-threshold proposals

Total budget requested for above-threshold proposals (EUR M)








We recently informed the applicants about the evaluation results for their proposals.

For questions, please contact the Research Enquiry Service.


Oct 16, 2023 4:03:47 PM



Call HORIZON-CL6-2023-CIRCBIO-02_stage2 has closed on the 26 September.

21 proposals have been submitted.

The breakdown per topic is:

HORIZON-CL6-2023- CIRCBIO -02-2-two-stage:6 proposals
Evaluation results are expected to be communicated in January 2024

Jul 6, 2023 11:11:44 AM



Deadline: 28/03/2023

Available budget: EUR 80,00 M

: In accordance with General Annex F of the Work Programme, the evaluation of the first-stage proposals was made looking only at the criteria ‘Excellence’ and ‘Impact’. The threshold for both criteria was 4. The overall threshold (applying to the sum of the two individual scores) was set for each topic/type of action with separate call-budget-split at a level that allowed the total requested budget of proposals admitted to stage 2 be as close as possible to 3 times the available budget (and not below 2.5 times the budget):

Topic ID

Topic short name

Overall threshold applied



Novel, sustainable and circular bio-based textiles


 The results of the evaluation are as follows:


Number of proposals submitted

Number of inadmissible proposals

Number of ineligible proposals

Number of above-threshold proposals

Total requested EU contribution of proposals invited to stage 2 (EUR Mil)







We recently informed the applicants about the evaluation results for their proposals.

For questions, please contact the Research Enquiry Service.


Jul 4, 2023 11:24:54 AM

GENERALISED FEEDBACK for successful applicants after STAGE 1

In order to best ensure equal treatment, successful stage 1 applicants do not receive the evaluation summary reports (ESRs) for their proposals, but this generalised feedback with information and tips for preparing the full proposal.

Information & tips

Main shortcomings found in the stage 1 evaluation of the topic HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-02-2-two-stage:

For some proposals:

The Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) related to the objectives of the proposals are not sufficiently described and/or quantified.
The advancement beyond the state-of-the-art (also in terms of Technological Readiness Level) is not convincingly described.
Some aspects of the proposed methodology (e.g., methods related to recyclability and circularity) are not clearly and convincingly elaborated.
The gender dimension in research and innovation is not adequately addressed.
The pathways to achieve the expected outcomes and impacts are not sufficiently elaborated.
The scale and significance of the project’s contribution to the expected outcomes and impacts are not convincingly estimated and quantified.
Limited information is provided on the potential economic, technological, social and/or environmental barriers (and associated mitigation measures) which might hinder the achievement of the expected outcomes and impacts.

In your stage 2 proposal, you have a chance to address or clarify these issues.

Please bear in mind that your full proposal will now be evaluated more in-depth and possibly by a new group of outside experts.

Please make sure that your full proposal is consistent with your short outline proposal. It may NOT differ substantially. The project must stay the same.

Apr 3, 2023 6:02:38 PM

Call update: proposal numbers

Proposal numbers

Call HORIZON-CL6-2023-CIRCBIO-02 has closed on the on March 28.

80 proposals have been submitted.

The breakdown per topic is:

Topic Id

Proposals Received



Evaluation results are expected to be communicated in June 2023

Feb 28, 2023 11:24:03 AM

The new version of the 1st stage application form Part B, including the guidance on blind evaluation, is now available in the submission tool.

Dec 22, 2022 12:00:02 AM

The submission session is now available for: HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-02-2-two-stage(HORIZON-IA)

Novel, sustainable and circular bio-based textiles

TOPIC ID: HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-02-2-two-stage

Programme: Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)
Call: Circular economy and bioeconomy sectors (HORIZON-CL6-2023-CIRCBIO-02)
Type of action: HORIZON-IA HORIZON Innovation Actions
Type of MGA: HORIZON Action Grant Budget-Based [HORIZON-AG]
Deadline model: two-stage
Planned opening date: 22 December 2022
Deadline dates: 28 March 2023 17:00:00 Brussels time
26 September 2023 17:00:00 Brussels time

Topic description

A successful proposal will contribute to expected impacts under the Destination ‘Circular economy and bioeconomy sectors’, in line with the European Green Deal, the EU bioeconomy strategy and its action plan, the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030, the circular economy action plan (CEAP), the chemicals strategy for sustainability, the EU textiles strategy, the EU zero pollution action plan as well as the New European Bauhaus initiative and the EU industrial strategy.

In particular, expected impacts to be addressed by successful proposals include: i) enhancing European industrial sustainability, competitiveness and resource independence; ii) accelerating regional, rural, local, urban and consumer-based transitions towards a sustainable, regenerative, inclusive, just and clean circular economy and bioeconomy as well as iii) the development of innovative and sustainable value-chains in the bio-based sectors, substituting fossil-based ones.

Proposal results are expected to contribute to all of the following outcomes:

  • Significantly reduce the negative environmental impact of textiles throughout their lifecycle. This impact encompasses primary raw materials and water consumption, land use and indirect land use change, as well as GHGs and other pollutants emissions (zero pollution), via addressing circularity-by-design and sustainable production aspects (the latter including thus also resource efficiency and circularity of resources improvements).
  • Significantly increase recyclability and circularity of textiles; it is estimated that currently there is a very low rate of recyclability of textiles into new textiles, worldwide[1].
  • Increase the use of EU (locally/regionally-sourced) alternative, bio-based fibres (including the reuse of bio-based textiles in their present form and in novel forms of use).
  • Address social impacts (e.g., HS&E and working conditions), in addition to environmental effects; projects should ensure sustainable, circular and socially just textile production and consumption at EU level, while international cooperation is strongly encouraged. The latter will allow for enhancing further on the sustainable production and consumption of textiles while improving on the replication potential of the proposed innovations.
  • Empower and increase SMEs participation and improve academia/industry/feedstock &fibres suppliers’ interactions and collaboration.
  • Establish new and innovative circular bio-based value chains with a positive impact on EU competitiveness and jobs creation at regional, rural and local levels.

Overall, the call addresses the design, demonstration and scale-up of production of sustainable and circular, bio-based textiles for one or more applications: e.g., technical textiles, garments, industrial textiles, home textiles; including also innovative smart textiles and those providing additional functionalities (e.g., antimicrobial or fire resistance properties). Blended, but only bio-based compositions, are included hereby.

More specifically, the overall scope should be addressed by the projects via:

  • Valorisation of secondary biomass, residues and under-utilised (primary or secondary) biomass (sustainable biomass sourcing, land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) and biodiversity considerations should be addressed/showcased) for bio-based textiles. Moreover, the reuse of fibres from bio-based textiles to produce circular bio-based textiles is in scope;
  • Design for circularity, enabling thus material design for durability, end-of-life recyclability, re-use and upcycling (including usability of waste fibres), with attention to the final application(s)/end use of textiles;
  • Design for end-product quality, safety, and durability, with consideration of the sustainability and circularity of textiles value chains and the final application/end-use; this does include preventing micro- and nano- plastics/fibres release throughout the lifecycle of textiles;
  • Development, demonstration and scale-up of novel processes by deploying appropriate enabling technologies[2] to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of textiles, across their production steps (pre-treatment, mordanting, dyeing, and finishing steps), improving notably on climate neutrality and against zero pollution. Moreover, apply industrial, industrial-urban and other symbiosis concepts, where necessary to achieve and enhance targeted outcomes and impacts;
  • Assess the environmental and social sustainability performance of the proposed innovations (textiles production and textiles lifecycle), while including technoeconomic feasibility assessment as well. The methodologies of assessment should follow existing EU standards;
  • Integrate the Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design (SSbD) framework, developed by the Commission, for assessing the safety and sustainability of chemicals and materials.[3] Contribute with and develop recommendations that can advance further the application of the SSbD framework. More specifically, provide thresholds that can support the criteria definition and improvements for the assessment SSbD methodologies, including any specificities related with bio-based textiles. Recommendations can also include identification of data gaps, especially safety, environmental, but also socio-economic factors, as well as priorities for data collection.
  • Address, consumer behaviour, acceptance and demand aspects for circular and sustainable bio-based textiles;
  • Assess existing barriers to implementing circular economy business models for textiles; on this basis create innovative, sustainable and circular business models for the (EU and local) production and consumption of circular bio-based textiles. The participation of industry and particularly SMEs is strongly encouraged.

Projects are also expected to contribute to the New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative by interacting with the NEB Community, NEB Lab and other relevant actions of the NEB initiative through sharing information, best practice, and, where relevant, results.

Where relevant, proposals should seek links with and capitalise on the results of past and ongoing EU funded research projects, (Horizon 2020, LIFE, Horizon Europe) including the ones under the Circular Bio-based Europe JU (CBE JU) and other partnerships of Horizon Europe.[4],[5]

Proposals should also include a dedicated task, appropriate resources and a plan on how they will collaborate with other projects funded under this topic and other relevant topics.

Social Science and Humanities (SSH), social innovation and international cooperation aspects are also applicable to this topic and it is highly encouraged to address them as cross-cutting issues.

Specific Topic Conditions:

Activities are expected to achieve TRL 6-8 by the end of the project – see General Annex B.

[1] See EU Strategy for textiles.

[2] Including deploying enabling technologies e.g. industrial biotechnology, enabling digital technologies etc. (examples are non-exhaustive).

[3] See documents defining the SSbD framework and criteria on: https://research-and-innovation.ec.europa.eu/research-area/industry/key-enabling-technologies/advanced-materials-and-chemicals_en.

[4] E.g., see Horizon 2020, CE-FNR-14-2020 call: Innovative textiles – reinventing fashion - IA (projects HEREWEAR, MY-FI and New Cotton), as relevant. HEREWEAR: Bio-based local sustainable circular wear (ID: 101000632); MY-FI: Reinventing a smart, circular and competitive textile industry with advanced myco-fibres (ID: 101000719); New Cotton: Demonstration and launch of high performance, biodegradable, regenerated new Cotton textiles to consumer markets through an innovative, circular supply chain using Infinited Fiber technology (ID: 101000559). Also BBI JU past and ongoing projects: GRETE H2020-BBI-JTI-2018- ‘Green chemicals and technologies for the wood-to-textile value chain’, GLAUKOS H2020-BBI-JTI-2019- ‘Sustainable clothing and fishing gear’. NEOCEL H2020-BBI-JTI-2015 ‘Novel processes for sustainable cellulose-based materials’, EFFECTIVE H2020-BBI-JTI-2017 ‘Advanced Eco-designed Fibres and Films for large consumer products from biobased polyamides and polyesters in a Circular Economy perspective’, UNLOCK H2020-BBI-JTI-2020 Unlocking a feather bioeconomy for keratin-based agricultural products, AllThingsBio H2020-BBI-JTI-2019 (for the fashion and textile aspects – consumers awareness and participation).

[5] See also: HORIZON-CL6-2024-CIRCBIO-01-2: ‘Circular solutions for textile value chains based on extended producer responsibility’, HORIZON-CL6-2024-CIRCBIO-02-1-two-stage: ‘Circular solutions for textile value chains through innovative sorting, recycling, and design for recycling’ and HORIZON-CL6-2023-ZEROPOLLUTION-02-2-two-stage: ‘Safe-and-sustainable-by-design bio-based platform chemicals, additives, materials or products as alternatives’.

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