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BBSRC NIBB Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Network

Funding opportunities

Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy

in the Developing World

BBSRC has launched a call for proposals titled ‘Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in the

Developing World’ which may be of interest to our Network members.

The call is up to £5 million and aims to support a number of collaborative research projects

addressing challenges relating to industrial biotechnology and bioenergy in the developing world.

This call will develop the potential to utilise different biogenic feedstocks (for example crop residues)

for the purpose of generating multiple (valuable) products (for example energy, pharmaceutical/

chemical precursors and clean water) in a sustainable way using biotechnologies to help support

economic and welfare activities in the developing world.

The call is funded from the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). As well as

being scientifically excellent, research supported under it must meet the criteria for classification of

expenditure as Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Funds can be requested for up to three years and projects must be completed by 1 February 2022.

Applications must not exceed a maximum of £2 million (at 100% of their full economic cost).

Applications must be submitted via the Je-S system by 6 June 2018, 16:00

Further information can be found on the BBSRC webpage here:


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

Apply now

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 be on a rolling end of month basis (i.e. 31 Jan, 28 Feb, 31 Mar) until the end of March 2018, remainng funds permitting, so if you have a good idea, apply now. 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. 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.