Category: Investment

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:

Draft Agenda



Alastair Davies, Head of Innovation Policy, Welsh Government


Innovation in Wales

Peter Halligan, Chief Scientific Advisor, Wales


UK Perspective on IBBE

Paul Henderson, BEIS


National Plan for IB 2030

Mark Corbett, BIOCATNET 



Roderick Westrop, BBSRC


Support for innovation

Jon Wood, Innovate UK


BioPilots UK

Rob Elias, BEACON




One-to-one networking


Upcoming Funding calls

Mark Corbett, BIOCATNET


Summary & Close

Alastair Davies, Head of Innovation Policy, Welsh Government


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.

Industrial Biotechnology Pitch Event, London 12th June 2018


This Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE) Showcase and Pitch Event is an opportunity for entrepreneurs with start-up, early stage and growth businesses to increase their profile in front of a national audience of investors. The pitching competition is organised jointly by CBMNet, BIOCATNET & the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and is a unique opportunity for both entrepreneurs and investors to gain valuable insight.

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.