BBSRC NIBB Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Network

Funding opportunities

Business Interaction Vouchers (BIVs) - £10,000

Apply now - short timeframe available.

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 Network has a few of these left which MUST be completed (work and administration) by mid- Feb. If you have a short project which might fit the call, please apply.

Download the BIV Application Form and BIV Guidance Notes.

BIV and PoC 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. Publically available summaries for all Proof of Concept projects are here, with final PoC reports found here. Seeding Catalyst Videos and Reports The BBSRC Seeding Catalyst Awards are to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects by supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach. Publically available summaries are here. The final reports were done in the form of videos and are available as follows: 1. SC2017002 - In-situ biomethanisation for small scale biogas upgrading 2. SC2017003 - Thermal pre-treatment of aerobic granular sludge to enhance digestibility for AD 3. SC2017004 - Biogas methane as a feedstock for sustainable bioprocessing 4. SC2017005 - Determining the influence of feedstocks on digestate fibre for mushroom compost 5. SC2017007 - Characterising marine-based microbial communities for commercial AD 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


Funding opportunities:

BBSRC Industrial Partnership awards: responsive mode grants where industrial partner contributes in cash at least 10% of the full economic cost of the project -


The EPSRC funding page:

Innovate UK

Funding page:



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.