Category: Funding

BIOCATNET 4th Call for Proof-of-Concept Proposals

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

Summary

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:
https://www.prism.ucl.ac.uk/#!/?project=209
https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=80249&LID=981

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.

BIOCATNET, CBMNet, BioProNet Event – Overcoming Cellular Barriers: Implications for Industrial Biotechnology


Three BBSRC NIBB – BioCatNet, BioProNet, and CBMNet – are hosting a two day event to address the challenges of protein secretion and targeting in Industrial Biotechnology. Three themes form the backdrop of the meeting: Protein Trafficking in Eukaryotic Cells, Protein Export from Bacterial Cell Factories, and Delivery of Therapeutic Proteins and Other Molecules to Targets.

£10,000 Business Interaction Vouchers Now Available

BBSRC NIBB Business Interaction Vouchers are to be used to encourage and support collaboration between academic partners and industrial partners within the BBSRC NIBB framework. The collaboration can be any defined piece of work by the academic partner for the industrial partner. BIOCATNET is pleased to be able to now offer awards at two levels, £5,000 or £10,000, so that partners can apply for the level of support which is appropriate to their needs.

Networking and 3rd Proof-of-concept Call Launch Event 28-29 September, 2015

Hosted by BIOCATNET, this free two-day, cross-sector event will bring together academic and industrial partners to identify and address key challenges in the areas of biocatalyst discovery and development. The programme includes flash presentations* from key academics and industry representatives, workshops to identify key challenges and opportunities, and networking sessions.