BIOCATNET 3rd Call for Proof-of-Concept Proposals


UPDATED:Please note that the deadline for this call has now been extended to the 22nd of January 2016.

Status: CLOSED
Application deadline: 22nd January 2016, 5pm


The 3rd Call for BIOCATNET Proof-of-Concept funding, which will fund projects with a total combined value of £250,000, will support projects in the Network subthemes of Biocatalyst Discovery, Development, and Scale Up.

This Call will be developed during two Network Events:

  1. BIOCATNET Biocatalyst discovery, Development, and Scale-up Event, held on the 28th/29th September 2015 in the Palace Hotel, Manchester
  2. Application of biosynthetic enzymes and cascades for Industrial Biotechnology, a joint event of NPRONET/BIOCATNET NIBB, held on the 31st November – 1st December 2015 in Conference Aston, Birmingham

Members who are interesting in applying for funding are strongly encouraged to engage with Industrial members to ensure that their proposal demonstrates the widest possible potential impact and industrial relevance. Funding will be available to BIOCATNET members to support short-term Proof-of-Concept projects, preferably within the range of 1-6 months duration. Proposals for long projects must be of the highest possible impact, and will therefore require exceptional justification.

Proof-of-concept projects are designed to stimulate collaborations between BIOCATNET members leading to further applications for funding. The awards will support short-term, precompetitive research projects and scoping exercises in order to de-risk future research and development projects, thereby increasing chances of success and opportunities for uptake of biocatalysis in industry. Awards will support high quality integrated research and development projects that bring together key academic and business components of the UK Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy community.

In order to allow participants in the NPRONET/BIOCATNET Joint Event to develop proposals to this Call, the deadline for applications will be extended to 5pm, 8th January 2016.

More information on BIOCATNET Proof-of-Concept funding, including guidance on the scope of projects, can be found on the POC Funding page, here. See Proof-of-Concept Project Guidelines for further details. See the Application Form.

All applicants must be members of BIOCATNET – JOIN HERE