cSBO Projects

Strategic Basic Research for clusters (cSBO) projects within the Moonshot initiative involve innovative research, which is unique with regards to the state-of-the-art with a clear differentiating factor, and which tests disruptive ideas at low TRL levels. In the event of scientific success, the research offers a prospect for future economic applications.

The intended knowledge acquisition of a cSBO project technically and substantively deepens the Moonshot roadmap. Additionally, a cSBO project is never a stand-alone project, but is sharply defined to fit within a specific Moonshot research trajectory (Moonshot OnderzoeksTraject or MOT) and to contribute to the KPIs of one or multiple MOTs. Thus, the accumulated knowledge from cSBO projects contributes to a more elaborated research trajectory and the realization of the overall goals of the Moonshot initiative. A clear (quantitative) contribution to CO2-emission abatement and carbon-circularity is mandatory.

Each cSBO project proposal is submitted by a consortium of at least three research groups from at least two Flemish research organizations. A well-performing consortium is slim, balanced, complementary and with good understanding and cooperation. Complementarity or cooperation with a non-Flanders research group should not be avoided if appropriate for competence building and for success.

Moonshot cSBO projects are funded at a subsidy percentage of 100%. Within the Moonshot initiative, two different kinds of cSBO are defined.


Sprint cSBO Projects

Sprint cSBO projects are short term strategic basic research projects with a limited budget and executed by a focused and synergistic research team. This type of cSBO project is specifically designed to accelerate the build-up of critical mass around strategic research topics in a short amount of time.

Proof-of-concept projects are proposed that can prove that a disruptive technique, process or product is feasible. Sprint cSBOs are projects coming from bottom-up initiatives that allow the knowledge partners for each MOT to test creative, lucrative and risky concepts.

Max. duration: 18 months
Budget: 400-850 kEUR


Regular cSBO Projects

These regular cSBO projects are “normal” with regard to duration and budget, but are formed from a top-down approach within a direction or topic that follows from advice from the companies in the chemical, petrochemical, steel and energy sectors.

Industrial input was collected during a broad brainstorm with industrial partners which resulted in a mapping of the expected challenges of these sectors, relevant to each of the research trajectories, and in the context of prioritizing resources within the Moonshot initiative for the 2020 project budget. Based on this input and in consultation with the WAR, the MGB imposes the following guiding framework or specific prioritized theme(s) for each MOT.

MOT1 Biobased Chemistry
Producing bio-based precursors from biomass waste for chemicals/materials manufacturing using advanced separation and catalytic processes.

MOT2 Circularity of Carbon in Materials
Focus on chemical recycling of mixed plastics waste as input stream including the valorisation of residual fractions, and emphasizing innovative approaches for smart tracking and efficient separation technologies of different plastics/materials to obtain clean recyclable streams.

MOT3 Electrification & Radical Process Transformation
1. Innovative CO2 capture from point sources (5-25 wt.% CO2) and conversion to products with strong focus on economics (CAPEX and OPEX reduction) of the processes. Capture and conversion might be combined, but this is not a pre-requisite.
2. Power-to-chemicals: modular/decentralized processes (shift from CAPEX to OPEX) with minimal separation cost. (with power being green electricity)
3. New/innovative separation technologies as a cheaper and CO2-efficient alternative to distillation.

MOT4 Energy Innovation
1. Renewable hydrogen production, storage and transport with focus on economics.
2. Valorisation of (residual) heat in industrial processes.

Across all MOTs, the themes should be imposed in light of the following conditions:
“with significant CO2-emission reduction potential” and “with an improved process/product Life Cycle”

Max. duration: 48 months
Max. budget: 3 MEUR