Category: Funding

IBioIC Call for CTP Projects

IBioIC logoIBioIC has launched its 6th Call for IBioIC Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) PhD programme projects.

A key activity of IBioIC is the support of industrially relevant PhD Projects that bring biotechnology closer to industrialization. IBioIC currently manage a PhD portfolio of IBioIC and BBSRC funded projects, delivered as part of our Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP). All IBioIC project applications are assessed by way of competition. The call for PhD Projects commencing October 2019 is now open (closing 1st October 2018 at noon).

More information can be found HERE

Funding calls launched to tackle plastics waste

Two funding calls have been launched aimed at innovation in plastics waste reduction. £8 million is available from UKRI to support projects up to 18 months in duration and with expected values of £200,000-£1 million in eligible organisations (Higher Education Institutes, Research Institutes and Research Organisations that can apply for funding from UKRI Research Councils). £4 million is available from Innovate UK to support business projects of 3-24 months, with expected values of £50,000-£1 million.River litter plastic fragments

UPDATED: Innovation in Wales, 13th September 2018

Industrial biotechnology will provide key solutions to the challenges of clean growth in the 21st century through the transition to a high technology, sustainable, and low carbon economy. This workshop is aimed at those considering or already active in industrial biotechnology research and innovation in Wales. The workshop will explore the role and strengths of industrial biotechnology in Wales, identifying networking and funding opportunities for the community. 

 This workshop aims to ensure that academic expertise and innovative industries in Wales are engaged through the second phase of the BBSRC NIBB, helping to fully realise the benefits of IB in the UK and beyond.

Registration and further details can be found at: https://industrial-biotechnology-in-wales.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Draft Agenda

10.00

Welcome

 TBC

10.15

Innovation in Wales

Peter Halligan, Chief Scientific Advisor, Wales

10.35

UK Perspective on IBBE

Paul Henderson, BEIS

10.55

National Plan for IB 2030

Mark Corbett, BIOCATNET 

11.15

BBSRC IBBE Strategy

Roderick Westrop, BBSRC

11.30

Support for innovation

Innovate/KTN

11.50

BioPilots UK

BEACON

12.00

Lunch

13.00

One-to-one networking

14.30

Upcoming Funding calls

 Mark Corbett, BIOCATNET

14.45

Summary & Close

 TBC

 

BBSRC NIBB

New Industrial Biotechnology Strategy launched to secure UK leadership in clean growth

National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy to 2030 front cover

Today the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) launches the new ‘National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy to 2030’, promoted in partnership with the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA). The Strategy has been developed by the IBLF and two BBSRC NIBB, CBMNet and BIOCATNET.

The National Industrial Biotechnology Strategy to 2030 aims to ensure that the UK becomes a leader in the global shift towards clean growth by fostering the development of industrial biotechnology SMEs. It will be launched at an event in Parliament on Wednesday 6 June organised by the BIA and hosted by Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge. The event brings together industry, academia and policymakers to discuss how the UK industrial biotechnology sector can solve many environmental problems by promoting clean growth and reducing waste, such as oil-based plastics by creating biodegradable alternatives.

Applications now open the for the 2018 BrisSynBio 4-Day MBA course

BrisSynBio

Applications are now open the for the 2018 BrisSynBio 4-Day MBA course, with £10,000 of prizes on offer!

The BrisSynBio 4-day More Business Acumen (MBA) course is an interactive programme designed to provide the skills required to establish, build and manage a biotech company. The course is delivered in partnership with SynbiCITE and draws upon the experiences of seasoned entrepreneurs, patent attorneys and investors.

The 2018 course will run from 9 – 12 April and will take place at the Unit DX business accelerator in Bristol. Participants will develop real biotech business ideas and pitch them to venture capitalists. Up to £10,000 of prizes will be awarded to help the 2018 teams turn their ideas into real businesses.

The full programme and application form are available at:
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/brissynbio/innovation/innovation-training-and-events/mba/

Please contact Andy Boyce (andy.boyce@bristol.ac.uk) if you have any questions.

Developing a Strategy for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in the UK

In March 2017 RSM was commissioned by a consortium of four BBSRC NIBB, acting on behalf of the members of all 13 networks, to produce a report on the UK’s industrial biotechnology landscape. The report is available in full here and summary here.

The report was launched on the 31st October at an invited event held in Sheffield and attended by almost 90 delegates drawn from academia, industry, and other key stakeholders. We will be working in the coming months to engage further with those people and other stakeholders who weren’t able to attend the launch in order to develop and implement an action plan that delivers the recommendations of the report. If you would like to comment or contribute to those efforts, then please contact the NIBB Network Managers.

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.