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BBSRC NIBB Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Network

Funding opportunities

Industrial Seeding Catalyst Funding Announced Deadline 18th September 2017 We are pleased to announce that the AD Network has received funding from the Industrial Catalyst Seeding fund via the BBSRC to use in an open competition for awards up to the value of £50K. Applications are invited for projecrs that will take existing research towards translational development and/or for preliminary stage concepts that are likely to have a high impact and lead to rapid commercialisation. Projects must be completed by the 15th of February 2018 and the deadline for applications is 1600 hrs on the 18th of September. Use these links to download the application guidance and application form. Note that this is application form V2 modified to ensure that the financial section is clearly specified to be 100% FEC.

Proof of Concept (PoC) Funding


The AD Network has a fund of £700,000 for Proof of Concept (PoC) research, which network members can apply for. This final round of PoC funding is offering 3 grants of £11,000 each (80% FEC). These will be used to support up to three Literature Reports which must aim to provide a sound conceptual foundation as a basis for future larger funding bids to the Global Challenges Research Fund, UK Research Council Responsive Mode or other available sources of funding. It is envisaged that each Literature Report award would fund salary costs for a minimum of 3 months (full or part-time) for a post-doc investigation into a specific, relevant area of AD research. Application guidance is here and an application form here. The call closes at midnight on 16th October 2017.

POC Publically Available Summaries and final reports

Congratulations to those researchers who were successful in gaining funding in our second Proof of Concept call. Publicly available summaries for our Proof of Concept rounds are detailed here.   The Proof of Concept final reports are available here.

Business Interaction Vouchers (BIVs) - Now £10,000

Call closes 30 Sep 17

Business Interaction Vouchers are used to connect industry and academic partners together, allowing the industry partner to essentially ‘buy’ an academic’s time and expertise to look at a specific problem. The Network has a fund of £200,000 for these vouchers, where projects will be funded to a maximum of £10,000 each (including VAT). Match funding from industry (in cash or kind) must be found by the applicant. With these larger BIVs, it is important to show a higher level of detail regarding the input from the industrial partner to check that the ‘matching funds’ criteria is met. Note that priority will be given to proposals that, for example, aid technology transfer; work towards ‘solving’ ‘a technical problem for an industrial partner or adapt an existing technology for a new application. The BIV calls will now close quarterly (ie end of March, June, September, December). Applications for the call can be submitted at any time, but they will be batched up on the last working day of the quarter. Applicants will be informed of the result of their submission within approximately 1 month.

Download the BIV Application Form and BIV Guidance Notes.

BIV Publically Available Summaries and Final Reports

The publically available summaries for all Business Interaction Vouchers awarded by the AD Network are available here. Final reports for BIVs completed thus far are here.

Joint Food Waste Network / AD Network

Business Interaction Voucher (BIV) - £10,000

Call closes 9 Oct 17

This is a funding call for a Business Interaction Voucher jointly funded by the AD Network and the Food Waste Network and is open to attendees of the joint ADNet/FWNetwork/IBioIC event held on 6 Sep 17. Contact us for application form and guidance. Early Career Travel Bursaries - UK & Overseas The AD Network has travel bursaries available to help fund UK-based Network members attend and travel to and from national and international events/meetings which have an academic focus on anaerobic digestion. Bursaries of up to £100 are available for travel within the UK for any Network Member and awards of up to £1500 are available for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to travel overseas. Download our Guidance document here, and the application form for up to £100 here and for ECRs here.

Workshops and seminars

If you would like to hold a meeting on an AD related topic, we can help. Funds of up to £1500 are available for industry/academic workshops, funding specific workshops, specialist meetings and other networking events. For more information, download the Guidance and Application Form. If you have any questions, please do contact us.

Other funding & collaboration opportunities

Horizon 2020

Activity continues, see http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en


Funding opportunities: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-index.aspx

BBSRC Industrial Partnership awards: responsive mode grants where industrial partner contributes in cash at least 10% of the full economic cost of the project - http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/business/collaborative-research/industrial-partnership-awards.aspx


The EPSRC funding page: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/

Innovate UK

Funding page: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/innovation-grants-for-business-apply-for-



The 13 Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB) are coming towards the end of

their funding for Business Interaction Vouchers (BIVs) and particularly for Proof of Concept (PoC)

funding. The list of NIBBs and websites are here.  Once on an individual NIBB website, follow the

funding links.

Catalysis Hub

The Catalysis hub has £10K Business Interaction Vouchers available. Visit their website.