Scoping Workshop: Biological solutions to reducing industrial waste, environmental inefficiency and pollution in India

Funding details
Registration opens
10 Jan 2017, 00:00
Registration closes
30 Jan 2017, 17:00
30 Jan 2017, 17:00
Newton Fund

Expressions of interest are being sought to attend a scoping meeting for a UK – India Newton Fund call in innovative biological solutions for managing industrial waste.

Innovate UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for Biotechnology (DBT) of the Government of India are planning a UK-India Newton-Bhabha Fund joint call for innovative biological solutions in the area of industrial waste. The call is expected to be launched in May 2017. In order to ensure that the competition reflects as closely as possible the genuine needs of the Indian society and takes into account the technology and expertise already available in India and the UK, the funders are organising a scoping mission to India, bringing together decision makers, businesses and academics from both countries. The goal of the mission is to focus the scope of the upcoming call on the specific waste issues India is facing under the following industries and to identify potential solutions that could be put forward through the call:

  • Sugar cane:  reducing or removing lignocellulosic matter from wastewater and its recovery for subsequent utilisation as a feedstock for manufacturing of high value products e.g. plastics.
  • Leather/tanning/textiles industry:  reduction or removal of heavy metals, organic dye, and proteinaceous particulates from wastewater and recovery for subsequent digestion and conversion into higher value products.
  • Paper/pulp:  reducing or removing lignocellulosic matter, heavy metal ions, bleaching agents and sulphites from wastewater.
  • Municipal Solid Waste:  Processing of the (lignocellulosic) organic fraction to allow subsequent utilisation as a feedstock for manufacture of chemicals, materials and energy.
  • Sewage:  Processing of sewage to reduce wastewater contamination and the use of the organic fraction to manufacture chemicals and fuels.
  • Pharmaceuticals: reduction of pharmaceutical contaminants in waste water streams including those that are leading to antimicrobial resistance.

(Please note that this is only an initial selection of industries and that the call might choose to focus on a limited set of the above).

The scoping visit is planned between 20th and 25th of March and organised through the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN); it aims to enable a group of selected UK businesses and academics to travel to India and contribute their expertise to the scoping discussions. This workshop will enable better understanding of the challenges faced by India in the areas identified and a more detailed scoping of these areas.  The questions the workshop will address can be found in the draft call document (see link below).

We are particularly interested in organisations/experts that have

  • expertise in biological solutions for one or more of the above-mentioned waste streams
  • experience in working on waste challenges and bio-tech solutions that are relevant to India
  • the capacity to represent their field/industry and speak about the wider market for biological solutions

We are therefore opening this call for Expressions of Interest to UK businesses, academics and other eligible organisations (RTOs, Catapults etc, as per Innovate UK’s standard eligibility criteria: interested in taking part in this scoping exercise and able to contribute expertise and experience to the discussions with our Indian counterparts.

Please note that travel and accommodation costs for successful applicants will be covered by KTN through Newton Fund support from Innovate UK and BBSRC. This will include UK-India economic class return international flights (KTN will only reimburse economic class flight ticket or equivalent value if higher class ticket is purchased), visa application, subsistence, internal transfers and accommodation in India.

The call draft scoping document can be downloaded here:

The application form can be downloaded here:

For further information about this Scoping Workshop and its application, please contact Dr Catherine Jose.

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