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Industrial biotechnology funding round-up

Posted on 27/02/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to industrial biotechnology. Updated 18th April.

Updated 18th April 2019.

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.

Royal Society Industry Fellowships

Closing date: 18.04.19 at 15:00.

This scheme is for academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation. The scheme provides a basic salary for the researcher and a contribution towards research costs.

Click here to find out more.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: February 2019

Competition closes: 24.04.19 at 12:00pm.

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in the best game-changing or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

Click here to find out more.

Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI2) - Call 17

Stage 1 submission deadline: 25.04.19 (17:00:00 Brussels time)

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is a partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry, represented by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).  The total budget of this Call is over EUR 80 million.

Topic 1: Optimising future obesity treatment
Topic 2: Open access chemogenomics library and chemical probes for the druggable genome
Topic 3: Intelligent prediction and identification of environmental risks posed by human medicinal products

Click here to find out more.

IBioIC iGEM2019 competition

The iGEM competition is now open for students around the world to generate innovative engineering biology solutions to real world problems. Multidisciplinary teams design, build and test their inventions and present them at the iGEM jamboree in Boston, USA October 31 – November 4, 2019.  IBioIC are offering a prize of £2,000 (to be matched by a Scottish host organisation) for teams competing at iGEM 2019. This will be enough to cover the summer stipend for two students. Applications must be from Scottish HEIs and must demonstrate a relevance to industrial biotechnology.

Click here to find out more.

Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge

Applications close: 01.05.19.

Green-minded entrepreneurs and sustainable start-ups are being urged to apply for this year’s Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge. The winner of the competition will win €500,000 of funding to develop their business. The runner up will win €200,000, and three other finalists will land €100,000 each. The competition focuses on starting, innovative and creative entrepreneurs. Green products or services that contribute towards a more sustainable planet and score highly on design, user friendliness and quality are eligible to win.

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UKRI-BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships

Application deadline: 01.05.19 at 16:00.

UKRI-BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) provide PhD training in areas of research relevant to  UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council’s (UKRI-BBSRC)  remit and priority research areas. Building on the two previous DTP programmes, institution-level or multi-institution bids are invited to apply to the third phase of UKRI-BBSRC DTPs. It is anticipated that up to 15 DTPs will be awarded. The funding for each four-year studentship will include £5,000 p.a. research training support costs, as well as student stipend and fees at standard research council levels. Each doctoral candidate will take a three-month internship during their PhD, to experience working in an area not directly related to their PhD project.

Click here to find out more.

UK Regenerative Medicine Platform (UKRMP2) - strategic call

Closing date: 09.05.19 at 16:00 GMT+1

Up to £3 million is available for translational research projects that will enhance the UKRMP investment to help further realise the exciting potential of regenerative medicine research. In particular, this call is seeking to fund projects that address translational bottlenecks, such as safety science, and add value to the core programmes of the UKRMP. Applications are welcome for projects which expand or link across core Hub science themes (such as pluripotent/ engineered cells, cell environment, smart materials) and/or provide interconnectivity between cross-cutting elements (for example safety, manufacturing, quality control immunology) and Hub science themes.

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Discovery Fellowships

Application deadline: 09.05.19 at 16:00.

BBSRC Discovery Fellowships (previously BBSRC Future Leader Fellowships) provide support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. Awards are for three years and it is expected that up to 10 fellowships will be awarded, each of a value of up to £300,000 (80% fEC).

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David Phillips Fellowships

Application deadline: 09.05.19 at 16:00.

The David Phillips Fellowship (DPF) will provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. Awards are for five years, and include personal salary and a significant research support grant to enable fellows to establish their own independent research group. It is expected that up to five fellowships will be awarded, each at a value of up to £1 million (80% fEC).

Click here to find out more.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The KTP programme 2019 to 2020 is run continuously throughout the year.

Registration opens: 04.04.19. Closing date: 29.05.19.
Registration opens: 30.05.19. Closing date: 24.07.19.
Registration opens: 25.07.19. Closing date: 02.10.19.
Registration opens: 03.10.19. Closing date: 11.12.19.
Registration opens: 12.12.19. Closing date: 05.02.20.
Registration opens: 06.02.20. Closing date: 01.04.20.

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.

Future Leaders Fellowships - Round 3

Mandatory outline proposal closes: 02.05.19. Deadline for full applications: 30.05.19 at 16:00.
Expected closing dates for future rounds: Round Four: October 2019. Round Five: May 2020. Round Six: October 2020.

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils’ institutes and laboratories. The support offered will be long-term and flexible and will provide comprehensive package of support, including the fellow’s salary and justified research, staff and training costs, with seven years of support available on a 4+3 model, with a review in year four.

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2019/20 Strategic Longer and Larger (sLoLa) grants: Frontier bioscience

Call opens: 15.04.19. Registration deadline (mandatory): 14.05.19. Outline applications deadline: 30.07.19.

The BBSRC sLoLa call will support creative, curiosity-driven research that addresses important fundamental questions in biology. Proposals are expected to be ambitious and have the potential to lead to a significant enhancement in our understanding of living systems and how they function, the ‘Rules of Life’. The sLoLa scheme requires integrated multidisciplinary research that can only be undertaken through a single coherent programme of work. BBSRC is running webinars about this competition on 15th April and 2nd May 2019.

Click here to find out more.

Understanding and countering bacterial plant diseases

Call opens: 15.05.19 (TBC). Call closes: 31.07.19 (TBC).

BBSRC, on behalf also of Defra, NERC and the Scottish Government, will soon be launching a call for research to address threats to UK plant health and biosecurity from bacterial diseases. This call will complement the work of the recently established BRIGIT consortium on Xylella fastidiosa by supporting multidisciplinary studies of a variety of bacterial diseases of plants. Up to £13M is available to fund high quality research projects. Please note that the closing date may be subject to change.

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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.

Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking

Call closes: 04.09.19 at 17:00 CET.

The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is a €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Operating under Horizon 2020, this EU body is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the industry. This funding call includes 21 topics.

The scientific priorities for 2019 are the following:

  1. Foster the supply of sustainable biomass feedstock to feed both existing and new value chains;
  2. Optimise efficient processing for integrated biorefineries through research, development and innovation;
  3. Develop innovative bio-based products for identified market applications;
  4. Create and accelerate the market-uptake of bio-based products and applications.

Click here to find out more.

Most Innovative European Biotech SME Awards

Closing date: 19.09.19.

EuropaBio invites biotech start-ups and SMEs across Europe to apply for the 10th edition of the Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award – a unique annual initiative recognising biotech innovation and its contribution to society. SMEs can apply in three categories: healthcare, agricultural or industrial biotechnology. Two companies will be shortlisted in each category by a Jury of biotech and SME experts, with the winners celebrated during a landmark event held in Brussels on the 6th November. Each winner will also receive €10,000 prize money and two years free EuropaBio membership (runners-up also receive the latter), in addition to European-level exposure and visibility as well as press coverage.

Click here to find out more.

Follow-on Fund Synthetic Biology Highlight

Call opens: 10.07.19. Application deadline: 09.10.19 at 16:00.

BBSRC’s Follow-on Funding (FoF) supports the translation of research into practical application, including commercialisation. Projects must draw substantially on previous research funding by BBSRC, this includes projects funded by BBSRC through responsive mode, the IB Catalyst, Newton Fund programmes co-funded by BBSRC such as SuBB, European programmes co-funded by BBSRC such as ERASynBio, ERA CoBioTech, ERA-IB, ERA Bioenergy and ERA-Net Plus BESTF and EPSRC research programmes co-funded by BBSRC such as Synthetic Biology for Protective Materials and Supergen.

Click here to find out more.

Follow-on Fund

Call opens: 10.07.19. Application deadline: 09.10.19 at 16:00.

BBSRC’s Follow-on Funding (FoF) supports the translation of research into practical application, including commercialisation. The FoF is a proof-of-concept programme to support bioscience innovation and provide funding where further work on an idea will take it through to a stage at which the route to application is clear, which may include a spin-out, licensing opportunity or the creation of a social enterprise. The programme enables researchers to conduct activities essential to preparing a robust business plan and to secure, where appropriate, further funding and support to progress the project. Standard BBSRC eligibility criteria apply, and the Principal Investigator (PI) must currently or previously have held BBSRC funding with demonstrable relevance to the application. Follow-On Fund projects must draw substantially on previous research funding by BBSRC and fall within their portfolio.

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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 multi-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.

KTN has a range of training videos for UK companies in how to write a successful project proposal for European funding.

UK businesses benefitting from Horizon 2020 research funding are urged to register their details with the government so they can continue to receive funding if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Currently open calls include:

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.

Horizon 2020: SME Instrument – Phase 1 – The SME Instrument supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. Closes: 04.11.20. Click here to find out more.

Horizon 2020: SME Instrument – Phase 2 – The SME Instrument supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. Closes: 07.10.20. 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.