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[Closes 6 June 2018] BBSRC Call: Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in the Developing World

BBSRC is pleased to announce a total of £5 million for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in the Developing World and aims to support a number of collaborative research projects addressing challenges relating to industrial biotechnology and bioenergy in the developing world.

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This call will develop the potential to utilise different biogenic feedstocks (for example crop residues) for the purpose of generating multiple (valuable) products (for example energy, pharmaceutical/ chemical precursors and clean water) in a sustainable way using biotechnologies to help support economic and welfare activities in the developing world.

 

 

The call is funded from the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). As well as being scientifically excellent, research supported under it must meet the criteria for classification of expenditure as Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Funds can be requested for up to three years and projects must be completed by 1 February 2022. Applications must not exceed a maximum of £2 million (at 100% of their full economic cost).

Aims and objectives

Industrial biotechnology is the use of biological resources for producing and processing materials, chemicals and energy. These resources include animal cells, plants, algae, marine life, fungi and micro-organisms.

This call seeks proposals to support collaborative research projects that will:

  • Use excellent research involving biological systems to solve key problems in the developing world
  • Utilise widely available biogenic feedstocks and through the application of biological systems, convert those feedstocks to generate multiple (valuable) products
  • Use the products generated to support improved economic and welfare developments in the hosting country.

Integral to the call will be appropriate chemical and engineering approaches alongside the use of biological mechanisms to ensure processes will function effectively.

Project scale and duration

Up to £5 million is available, subject to the quality of proposals received, with the aim of supporting a balanced portfolio of around three to five projects across the scope of the call. Applications must not exceed a maximum of £2 million (at 100% of their full economic cost).

Funds can be requested for up to three years. Projects are expected to be completed by 1 February 2022.

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