Funding from BioProNET

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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