Funding from BioProNET

NEW **Industrial Biotechnology Seeding Catalyst Awards**

We have six Industrial Biotechnology Seeding Catalyst Awards (IBSCA) available. Each award is up to £25,000, funded at full economic cost for projects of up to 3-months duration. There is no obligation to have an industry partner or industry funding. These awards will fund direct costs only, at 100% FEC. This includes travel and salaries, but not estate costs or overheads.

All projects must be completed, reported upon and invoiced for no later than February 28th 2018. This date is not negotiable, and if not met, monies cannot be transferred.

The closing date for applications is September 30th, but applications will be reviewed as soon as they are submitted. We will aim to give a decision within 3 weeks of application being received, and no later than October 31st for applications received on the deadline.

Please download the application form here.
Send completed forms and any questions to both Charlotte Harrison and Joanne Flannelly.

Eligible activities for funding include (but are not be limited to):
– Proof-of-concept studies
– Access to scale-up and facilities to demonstrate commercial potential of an idea/technology
– Development and surveillance of market intelligence including IP landscape analysis/freedom to operate, regulatory analysis, development of exploitation plans
– Development of market or product demonstrators.

The projects should align with the remit of BioProNET [the use of cells and their components (that is, bioprocessing) to produce biologics, which we define as products that are composed of proteins (such as antibodies), peptides, RNA, DNA or vaccines] as well as the aims and objectives of the IBSCA call, which are:

1. To develop and progress ideas and technology within the scope and remit of BioProNET and the call along the technology readiness level (TRL) pathway
2. To further develop previously funded BioProNET PoC and BIV projects
3. Increase business—academic engagement on innovation activities relating to challenge areas identified by the BioProNET community
4. Foster collaboration between SMEs, larger, more established companies up the value chain and academics within the remit of BioProNET
5. Accelerate translational development of innovations and technologies by supporting work that will forward the development of early TRL projects
6. To support multi- and inter- disciplinary research around BioProNET challenge areas
7. Encourage and secure/leverage increased UK business investment in R&D and improved R&D capability and capacity in bioprocessing
8. Generate data and information that supports applications for larger grant funding
9. Provide support for academics to apply and translate their ideas and science to industrially relevant challenges within any societal, environmental, economic, regulatory or political constraints or opportunities for their work

Please download the application form here.
Send completed forms and any questions to both Charlotte Harrison and Joanne Flannelly.


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.

Business Interaction Vouchers

A total of £200 000 is available and 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. 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.

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

An ERA-Net Cofund Biotechnologies (CoBioTech) call is anticipated to open at the start of December 2016, entitled ‘Biotechnology for a sustainable bioeconomy’ and including the following topics:
• Synthetic biology
• Systems biology
• Bioinformatic tools
• Biotechnological approaches
Further details can also be found on the BBSRC website: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/filter/biotechnology-for-a-sustainable-bioeconomy/

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.

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

BBSRC Modular Training Partnerships (short training courses at MSc level)

BBSRC Industrial Partnership Awards and Stand Alone LINK

BBSRC FLIP (supports the movement of people from one environment to a different one to exchange knowledge/technology/skills)

BBSRC Follow-on Funding (designed to support the translation of BBSRC-funded research into practical application, including commercialisation)

Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Seminars (facilitate discussion and improve awareness of knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) of BBSRC-funded research)

BBSRC and EPSRC Responsive Mode Funding
EPSRC Manufacturing the future

EPSRC Fellowships

Innovate UK opportunities

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

MRC/Innovate UK Biomedical Catalyst (for academics and SMEs seeking to move from discovery to commercialisation)

Royal Society Industrial Fellowship (supports industry–academia partnerships)

Royal Society International Exchanges Scheme