BBSRC Phase II NIBBs Announced

Building a low carbon future: £11m to fund Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy Networks

Moving to a low carbon economy in the coming decades requires a shift from using fossil resources to provide power, fuel, chemicals and materials. BBSRC, with the support of EPSRC, have committed £11 million to fund 6 unique collaborative Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB) to support, encourage, and facilitate this essential work. The Networks will run from 2019 to 2024, will provide flexible funding for Proof of Concept projects, and are open to new members throughout their lifetime.


The phase II NIBBs are:

Algae-UK: Exploiting the algal treasure trove

Professor Saul Purton University College London

BBNet (Biomass Biorefinery Network)

Professor Simon McQueen Mason, University of York

CCNet (Carbon Recycling: Converting waste derived GHG into chemicals, fuels and animal feed)

Professor Nigel Minton, University of Nottingham

E3B (Elements of Bioremediation, Biomanufacturing & Bioenergy) Metals in Biology

Professor Nigel Robinson, Durham University

EBNet (Environmental Biotechnology Network)

Professor Sonia Heaven, University of Southampton

HVB (High Value Biorenewables) Network

Professor Ian Graham, University of York

“These networks are testament to the success of NIBB Phase I in harnessing the UK’s world-leading industrial biotechnology. It is through industrial biotechnology that we are able to create new processes and products that are more sustainable and far better for the environment. I’m excited to see what NIBB Phase II will do to tackle the global challenges facing us all.”

Steve Bagshaw, Chair of the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum

“This substantial investment into NIBB Phase II reflects the determination we have to secure a cleaner, greener, and a more sustainable future. As part of UK Research and Innovation, BBSRC continues to invest in industrial biotechnology research that underpins these networks, and will pave the way for novel and game-changing industrial processes and products.”

Professor Melanie Welham, BBSRC Executive Chair

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