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BIOCATNET 4th Call for Proof-of-Concept Proposals

Status: OPEN
Application deadline: 18th April 2017, 5pm


The 4th Call for BIOCATNET Proof-of-Concept funding, which will fund projects with a total combined value of £250,000, supporting projects in the Network subthemes of Biocatalyst Discovery, Development, and Scale Up.

This Call was developed during the Industrial Biotechnology in the Development of Advanced Materials Workshop held 16th-17th January 2017 at The Principal Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester.

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.

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

UPDATED: Industrial Biotechnology in the Development of Advanced Materials

BIOCATNET - LoginWorkshop to be held 16th-17th January 2017 at The Principal Manchester (formerly, Palace Hotel), Oxford Road, Manchester

Registration: CLOSED

Advanced materials outperform conventional materials and have either superior mechanical, physical, chemical, biological, etc. properties, or have lower environmental impact in use or manufacture, compared with traditional materials. Advanced materials have been acknowledged as key enablers to economic and societal development, and are one of the UK Government’s “Eight Great Technologies” and are vital to address global grand challenges in health, low carbon transport and sustainable energy production.

Innovation in materials involves multi-disciplinary science, has cross-cutting impacts on other technology areas (e.g., nanotechnology, photonics), and enables novel advanced manufacturing techniques. Industrial biotechnology (IB) plays a key role in the development and manufacture of entire classes of material by use of enzymes and biotransformations that access novel chemistries, allow tailorable selectivities and use more benign reaction conditions. IB has revolutionised our ability to synthesise molecules of choice, and has made huge strides into industrial catalysis, pharmaceutical manufacture and biofuel production.

This workshop looks at how enzyme-based IB can improve materials’ manufacture, by improving process sustainability or by enhancing product functionality. The products may be produced or modified by enzymatic routes, or may include the enzymes as a main functional element of the end product.

The workshop aims to match IB solutions to the challenges presented by industrially focussed researchers.

PhD opportunity: Engineering spatial segregation within bacterial hosts for bio-therapeutic protein production

Dr Steffi Frank, a new lecturer in the Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL has PhD opportunity on micro compartments for protein folding and production.

More information can be found on PRiSM and on FindaPhD:!/?project=209

The overall aim of this project is to develop an alternative method to traditional disulphide bond formation approaches (folding in the eukaryotic endoplasmic reticulum and in the periplasm of prokaryotes) by engineering compartmentalisation within the bacterial cytoplasm of bacteria such as E. coli which will allow for an environment that promotes correct protein folding and disulphide bond formation of recombinant proteins.

Careers fair for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE) scientists

April 12th 2017, University of Sheffield

Our career fair will provide you with the chance to meet employers face-to-face, to learn about current vacancies and opportunities available, and to market yourself to prospective employers. There are several talks you can attend about the sector and the opportunities within it, along with opportunity to get advice on your CV from professionals.

  • Explore careers in IBBE from laboratory based jobs to working as a patent lawyer
  • Meet employers with graduate schemes, current and future job opportunities
  • Hear from different employers about what it’s like to work for them
  • Get feedback on your CV in our one-to-one clinics
  • Speak with industrialists in our one-to-one clinics
  • Speak with academics in our one-to-one clinics
  • Speak to the BBSRC about your future career in academia in our one-to-one clinics
  • Directing Biosynthesis V

    22 – 24 March 2017, University of Warwick

    royal_society_of_chemistry-svgNatural products produced predominantly by microorganisms and plants have inspired the development of many blockbuster drugs, crop protection agents and other high value chemicals. Biosynthetic research is strategically important commercially but also to society as a whole and will continue to help address emerging challenges in health, the environment and sustainability on a global scale. While this multidisciplinary field is driven by genetic and associated technological advances, chemistry remains the central focus with key input from the fields of organic chemistry, enzymology, biochemistry and ecology

    Directing Biosynthesis V provides a significant opportunity for scientists interested in the biosynthesis of natural products to hear more about developments in the field, network and present their own work during poster sessions and talks. Sessions will include: pathway engineering, enzymology and structural biology, biosynthesis of cell walls/targets for antimicrobials, natural products discovery – a response to AMR, and chemical ecology. Oral abstract deadline 9th October.

    More information, including abstract submission and registration can be found on the event website:

    New €3.8 million SuperBIO project to support industrial innovation within the EU bioeconomy

    superbio-logo-nlNNFCC are looking for SMEs ready to take part in the development of value chains through partnering with other stakeholders across Europe (feedstock, technology provider and/or end-user). SuperBIO aims to offer them access to innovation services, helping to materialise a chosen value chain.

    Funding of up to € 60,000 is available for SMEs through the SuperBIO project via innovation support services (i.e. techno-economic evaluation, sustainability assessment, market appraisal, techno-economic evaluation, access to scale-up facilities).

    More information can be found here.

    UK Catalysis Hub JMT Catalysis Medal

    UK Catalysis Hub is launching a new medal in honouring the achievements of Sir John Meurig Thomas. The medal will be awarded to Scientists working in the UK in all fields of Catalytic science and engineering. 

    The deadline for nominations is 30 September 2016 and the 2016 JMT Medal will be awarded to an Early Career researcher (< 12 years from start of PhD). See the BIOCATNET news article for more information.  To submit a nomination contact Dr Josie Goodall (

    Biotechnology YES 2016

    YES is an innovative competition which aims to raise awareness of the commercialisation of scientific ideas among the research community. YES has been running for 21 years and has a track record of inspiring postgraduates to take their careers somewhere they may not have previously imagined.

    How does YES work?

    A team of 4 or 5 members work together to devise a business plan for a company based on hypothetical science.

    Places are provided FREE of charge to most researchers.

    The Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products Symposium X

    On the 30th June – 1st July, the University of Warwick will host the tenth annual meeting exploring the chemistry and biology of natural products covering subjects from synthetic chemistry to microbial genetics.

    This two-day symposium is aimed at postgraduate students, PDRAs and young academics but is also open to any academic/industrialist working in any areas of natural product chemistry and biology.