BBSRC Delivery Plan 2016-2020 Launched – IB Catalyst update

BBSRC Delivery Plan 2016-2020 Launched

BBSRC plans are centred on five outcome-focused themes that will guide our investments and actions over the period:

• Driving bioscience discovery – advancing the boundaries of knowledge and upholding the UK’s global leadership in bioscience

• Building a more resilient and secure future – promoting bioscience research that addresses strategic societal challenges, scientific opportunities and economic growth in the UK and beyond

• Transforming and creating bio-based businesses – using bioscience research to enhance productivity, transform businesses and create new market opportunities

• Growing and attracting talent – investing in skilled people for the research base, and building capability in the UK workforce

• Strengthening the UK’s position as a global partner – capitalising on UK bioscience research strengths and strong international links to foster collaborations and enhance contributions to international development


For Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy:

• work with partners (EPSRC, Innovate UK, CPI3 , European funding agencies and business), to enable the exploitation of biological systems to generate a range of products including high-value and fine chemicals, biopharmaceuticals and fuels, from different feedstocks including wastes and residues through the application of genomic, systems and synthetic biology approaches

• further build upon the success of the Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy to explore broader applications in materials, chemicals and energy for sustainable manufacturing

• progress the concept of the biorefinery by advancing research and bringing together the component parts through joint working with EPSRC, Innovate UK, CPI, European and other international funding agencies (e.g. FAPESP)


The Research Councils are not yet in a position to make an announcement on the future of the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst scheme. The Research Councils are working through the implications of their allocations from the comprehensive spending review and will be able to provide an update on the IB Catalyst following the publication of delivery plans – due in the next months.

In the meantime, the Research Councils remain committed to supporting academics working in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy and applications are welcomed through the normal channels and upcoming opportunities including:

Read the full BBSRC delivery plan here.

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