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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 5th March 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.

Ocean plastic solutions investment accelerator: reducing plastic pollution

Competition closes: 13.03.19 at 12:00pm.

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop solutions that tackle the environmental crisis of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. This is an investment accelerator competition providing simultaneous grant funding and private investment from Sky Ocean Ventures for early stage projects led by UK companies. The grant funding is provided by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. Up to £1 million of grant funding and £1 million of private investment is available to support business-led innovation. This is to develop solutions that tackle the environmental crisis of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Projects related to compostable or biodegradable approaches and chemical recycling are in scope.

Click here to find out more.

BioBase4SME Innovation Bootcamp - specialist training worth €7,000

Deadline for applications: 18.03.19.

Biobase4SME offers fully funded, specialist training for you and your business, worth €7000*. Join other new, high-growth, bio-based businesses for an intensive, week-long course that will give you the tools you need to help you commercialise your idea and grow your company. The Innovation Bootcamp will take place on 5-10 May 2019 in Bovendonk, Netherlands.

Click here to find out more.

FACCE SURPLUS 3rd Call for Proposals

Deadline for submission of pre-proposals: 19.03.19 at 14:00 CET.

FACCE SURPLUS (Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems) is an ERA-NET Cofund. The aim of this Call is to further improve collaboration in the area of food and nonfood biomass production and transformation systems, and in particular to explore options on how to utilise all the biomass from agricultural land, uncultivated land and forestry with a holistic view with regards to food and non-food systems. Note, the UK’s participation in this call through the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is to be confirmed.

Click here to find out more.

Analysis for innovators round 4 expression of interest

Competition closes: 20.03.19 at 12:00pm

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million to work with the best scientists and research facilities to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues. The aim of this competition is to match the best UK scientists and cutting-edge facilities with companies that have analysis or measurement problems. Your application must describe the problem and estimate the value to your company of solving it.

KTN is hosting Analysis for Innovators (A4I) roadshow events throughout February 2019.  A competition briefing event will be held in London on 27th February.

This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition.

Click here to find out more.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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

Registration opens: 07.02.19. Closing date: 03.04.19.
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.

Biomedical Catalyst 2019 round 1: feasibility and primer awards

Competition closes: 03.04.19 at 12:00pm.

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £3 million to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific idea to solve a healthcare challenge. The aim of the Biomedical Catalyst is to support the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. These can include (but are not limited to):

  • disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
  • earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes
  • tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures

Click here to find out more.

Biomedical Catalyst 2019 round 1: early and late stage awards

Competition closes: 03.04.19 at 12:00pm.

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific idea to solve a healthcare challenge. The aim of the Biomedical Catalyst is to support the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. These can include (but are not limited to):

  • disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
  • earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes
  • tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures

Click here to find out more.

IBioIC Accelerator Programme

Closing date: 15.04.19.

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) invites applications for industry-led collaborative research projects from businesses with a foothold in Scotland or those who can deliver inward investment to help stimulate Scotland’s Economy. Projects should focus on innovative applications to industrial biotechnology and address a real market need or commercial opportunity through collaborative knowledge exchange and research between Industry Members and at least one of Scotland’s talented HEI research teams.

Click here to find out more.

Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowships

Application deadline: 17.04.19 at 17:00.

The RSE Enterprise Fellowship is a premier business development and training programme for the Higher Education sector. It nurtures and supports promising science and technology researchers, enabling them to develop into successful and world-class entrepreneurs. Successful applicants secure a fully funded year to concentrate on developing their business idea whilst being hosted at a UK University or Research Institute. Each Fellowship is worth up to £90,000 in funding and training support.

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.

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.

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 opens: 04.04.19. Expected deadline (TBC): 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.

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.

This funding call includes 21 topics which will be released soon.

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 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.