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Funding from BioProNET

Click here to see what has been acheived so far with BioProNET funding.

Download a table of all BioProNET-funded business interaction vouchers and proof of concept funding. A short description of all BioProNET-funded projects is available here.

NEW CALL OPEN – summer studentships

We have four undergrad summer studenships available; these awards are funded at 80% FEC (that is, up to £2,000 from BioProNET) to cover consumables and stipend. These must run in summer 2018.

The closing date is midday on Friday 19th January.

Download the application form here.

CALL OPENBusiness Interaction Vouchers

These are intended to help resource small confidence-building measures between an academic partner and an industrial partner (on a matched contribution basis) that are likely to lead to outcomes such as a longer-term relationship, improved interactions or new technology transfer projects.

We have one buiness interaction at a value of £9,600 (funded at 100%FEC). The closing date is midday on Friday 19th January.

Please login to the members’ area to access the application form. The lead applicant must be eligable to receive BBSRC funding. The project must start by April 1st 2018.

Industrial Biotechnology Seeding Catalyst Awards

We have funded six Industrial Biotechnology Seeding Catalyst Awards (IBSCA); more information can be found here. Details of any future calls will be posted here.

Please download the application form here.

Proof of Concept funding

Proof of concept funding (about £1.2 million in total) is designed to stimulate collaborations between BioProNET members that will springboard further applications for funding from the BBSRC, RCUK, Horizon 2020, IB Catalyst and other funding bodies.

Funding is available for projects of up to 12 months duration, maximum, and to a FEC award value of £100,000. Please login to the members’ area to access the application form. The lead applicant must be eligable to receive BBSRC funding.

Details of any future calls will be posted here.

Please login to the members’ area to access the application forms for BIV, PoC and workshop funding.

Workshop funding

Funding for BioProNET members to facilitate special interest workshops is available, for up to £2000 per workshop. See our news page for current workshop themes and login to the members’ area to access the application form.

Early career researcher funding

We have funding of up to £500 per award for early career researchers to foster short (up to 1 month) exchange visits to another lab, with the aim of developing research collaborations. The host lab can be academic or industrial but it should be working in a different discipline or should allow the applicant to learn a new technique.

The money should be used to fund the scientific exchange, such as travel to the host lab and accommodation, but should not be used for consumables or travel to conferences. BioProNET classify an early career researcher as a scientist who has spent less than 10 years in active postgraduate research. PhD students are classed as early career researchers, but individuals with a tenured position — such as a lecturership — would be excluded.

A call is currently open. Please contact Charlotte Harrison c.harrison-560@kent.ac.uk for more information.

Below are details of funding from other sources and other BBSRC Networks in Biotechnolgy and Bioenergy that you might be interested in:

Funding from other sources

SuperBIO & BioBase4SME innovation support voucher

NNFCC would like to highlight an interesting funding opportunity for SMEs.
We are involved in two innovation support schemes to help SMEs commercialise their innovation: SuperBIO (H2020 funded) and BioBase4SME (Interreg funded).

Both schemes offer the opportunity to contract services from professional providers at cost prices, a significant reduction on commercial rates, additionally both schemes provide co-financing of the services. The services offered include market research, techno-economic assessment, feedstock analysis, business plan development, LCA, regulatory appraisal and process scale-up testing (both on chemical processes and IB processes, including high throughput strain engineering and process optimisation).
Through those two programs, SMEs in Europe can access services up to a value of:
€100,000 (with a SME cofunding share in cash of max. 50% from the SME) via BioBase4SME
€60,000 (with a SME cofunding share in cash of max. 25% from the SME) via SuperBIO

Conact Lucie Pfaltzgraff at NNFCC The Bioeconomy Consultants for more information.

Global Challenges Research Fund
The global challenges research fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by low-income countries.
http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/gcrf/

Newton Fund
The aim of the Newton Fund aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of collaborating countries.

BBSRC Industrial CASE Studentships
http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/business/training/industrial-case.aspx

BBSRC Modular Training Partnerships (short training courses at MSc level)
http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/business/training/modular-training.aspx

BBSRC Industrial Partnership Awards and Stand Alone LINK
http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/business/collaborative-research/industrial-partnership-awards.aspx
http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/business/collaborative-research/stand-alone-link.aspx

BBSRC FLIP (supports the movement of people from one environment to a different one to exchange knowledge/technology/skills)
http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/business/people-information/flexible-interchange-programme.aspx

BBSRC Follow-on Funding (designed to support the translation of BBSRC-funded research into practical application, including commercialisation)
http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/business/commercialisation/follow-on.aspx 

Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Seminars (facilitate discussion and improve awareness of knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) of BBSRC-funded research)
http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/business/commercialisation/kec-seminars.aspx

BBSRC and EPSRC Responsive Mode Funding
EPSRC Manufacturing the future
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/research/ourportfolio/themes/manufacturingthefuture/

EPSRC Fellowships
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/fellows/

Innovate UK opportunities
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/innovation-grants-for-business-apply-for-funding

EU funding – Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available (2014 to 2020) as well as private investment
https://www.h2020uk.org/

MRC/Innovate UK Biomedical Catalyst (for academics and SMEs seeking to move from discovery to commercialisation)
http://www.mrc.ac.uk/funding/science-areas/translation/biomedical-catalyst/

Royal Society Industrial Fellowship (supports industry–academia partnerships)
https://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/industry-fellowship/

Royal Society International Exchanges Scheme
https://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/international-exchanges/