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Industrial biotechnology funding round-up

Posted on 17/09/2018

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to industrial biotechnology.

Updated 13th December 2018.

It isn’t always easy to find the most appropriate funding programmes to support your innovation, so to make things a little bit easier KTN’s Industrial Biotechnology (IB) team have compiled a list of some of the latest funding calls of relevance to IB.

The team will be happy to help if you wish to find out more about these or other funding opportunities, need help finding collaborative partners, or are seeking advice on how to apply for funding. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Cofund on Biotechnologies - 2nd transnational call for research projects

Submission deadline 14.12.18.

The second transnational joint call for research projects within the framework of ERA CoBioTech aims to contribute to the transformation of the global economy from a dependence on fossil raw materials to a sustainable bio-based economy. Funding will be granted for a maximum of three years according to national regulations

Research projects must be multidisciplinary and will need to address one of the following topics:

  • Topic A – Microbial communities (natural or synthetic), co-cultures and cascades of microorganisms for new products, value-added products and supply services and sustainable industrial processes
  • Topic B – Pure cultures, cell free systems and enzymes for new products, value-added products and supply services and sustainable industrial processes

Click here to find out more.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Open date: 01.11.18. Closing date: 12.12.18
Open date: 13.12.18 – Closing date: 06.02.19
Open date: 07.02.19 – Closing date: 20.03.19

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)  links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration – between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.

Click here to find out more.

Industrial fuel switching to low carbon alternatives

Registration of Interest deadline: 21.01.19.

BEIS has launched the 3 phase Industrial Fuel Switching competition, which allocates up to £20 million to stimulate early investment in fuel switching processes and technologies, so that a range of technologies are available by 2030 and beyond. Phase 2 of the competition is now open to applications and will fund up to £300,000 for feasibility studies looking into developing technologies (technology readiness level 4-7) to enable the use of a low carbon fuel for a particular industrial process or across an entire site.

Click here to find out more.

European Space Agency’s “Space and Biotechnology” opportunity

Closing date: 21.01.19

The European Space Agency’s “Space and Biotechnology” opportunity offers support and funding to companies looking to develop biotechnology services that can benefit from using space-based data or capabilities. This opportunity enables companies to carry out in-depth analyses on the technical feasibility and economic viability of applications across a range of themes including: Plant Science; Environmental Monitoring; Combating desertification; Controlled-Environment Agriculture; Biopharma; Plant Engineering; Digital Health; Biofuel Production; Logistics and maintenance; Agro-terrorism; Bio-crime.

Click here to find out more.

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) - Blue Economy Call

Application deadline: 31.01.19.

This call for proposals aims to accelerate the development and implementation of the EU Maritime Policy and the sustainable deployment of the blue economy across Europe. This general objective is further divided into specific objectives as described under each of the 3 topics that are part of this call for proposals.

Blue Labs – This action aims at promoting innovative “laboratories” (Blue Labs) to pilot new and viable solutions addressing selected maritime and marine challenges and opportunities in the blue economy.Click here to find out more.

Blue Careers -This topic promotes innovative approaches to strengthen the cooperation between industry and education in order to bridge the gap between skills’ offer and demand. Click here to find out more.

Blue Economy – this topic aims to support demonstration projects based on innovative technologies testing/deploying/scaling-up of new industrial or service applications and solutions for the blue economy. Click here to find out more.

KET4CleanProduction Micro Grants

Cut off dates for evaluations: 31.07.19, 31.10.19, 31.01.20, 30.04.20

European project KET4CleanProduction is offering micro grants for projects in Key Enabling Technologies (KET) including micro- and nano-electronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics, and advanced manufacturing technologies. You will need to team up with at least two KET technology centres to work on your project. Projects can get up to 50,000 euros in funding. The grant should cover 70% of the total project costs while you cover the remaining 30%.

Click here to find out more.

UK Israel open collaborative competition 2018

Registration closes: 27.02.19 at 12:00pm. Competition closes: 11.03.19 at 12:00pm.

UK and Israel are announcing a joint funding competition under the EUREKA framework. This will support collaborative, business led research and development (R&D) projects which should result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk and target large global markets. UK project total eligible costs are expected to be between £200,000 and £250,000. Projects are expected to last up to 24 months.

Click here to find out more.

STFC Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a multidisciplinary research organisation that funds and operates a number of large science facilities offering research and development access to commercial users. Through these facilities, and their expert staff, they can provide access to advanced experimental and computational tools to address challenges in all aspects of the industrial biotechnology supply chain. Their £8 million Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme is specifically designed to help companies overcome difficult product, manufacturing or process performance issues by providing access to advanced analytical technologies, supporting expertise and capabilities through STFC’s large scale science facilities located around the UK.

Click here to find out more.

HSBC SME Loan Fund

HSBC UK has announced a £12 billion lending fund to support the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Fund includes a ring-fenced £1 billion to help UK companies grow their business overseas, as well as a broader package of support. The initiative is available to UK businesses with a turnover of up to £350 million. Applicants do not need to be an HSBC customer to apply.

Click here to find out more.

Horizon 2020 Calls

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. The UK government has issued some documents to clarify the UK’s eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020 if there is no Brexit deal.

Currently open calls of relevance to industrial biotechnology include:

Boosting the efficiency of photosynthesis – BIOTEC-02-2019. A total budget of €31 million to work towards the optimisation of photosynthesis by capitalising on multidisciplinary approaches, such as functional genomics, systems biology, metabolic modelling, enzyme engineering, computational biology, synthetic biology, directed evolution and gene editing techniques. Deadline: 22.01.19. Click here to find out more.

Microorganism communities for plastics bio-degradation – CE-BIOTEC-05-2019. A total budget €10 million to develop environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions for managing the waste of plastics mixtures based on the use of communities of microorganisms with a set of complementary enzymes. Deadline: 05.03.19. Click here to find out more.

Industrial Sustainability – The purpose of this call is to further strengthen the global leadership of Europe’s industry in environmental sustainability, through a combination of mature and disruptive technologies. Various deadlines in early 2019. Click here to find out more.

Horizon Prize – Low Carbon Energy Inducement Prizes 2016 – CO2 Reuse – The objective of this prize is to enhance the CO2 emission reduction of utilisation products so they make a genuine contribution to the EU’s targets. Deadline: 03.04.19. Click here to find out more.

EIC Horizon Prize for ‘Fuel from the Sun: Artificial Photosynthesis’  – The challenge is to build a fully functional, bench-scale prototype of an artificial photosynthesis based system. Deadline: 03.02.21. Click here to find out more.

Fast Track to Innovation – aims to accelerate the market uptake of ground-breaking innovations by providing funding through an open, accessible scheme that nurtures ideas from consortia of innovators of all types and sizes from across Europe. Various deadlines throughout 2019. Click here to find out more.