FUNDING

Do you have a great idea for a funded project, but need an industrial or academic partner? We are here to help…

Please note that all funding applications MUST be relevant to Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE):

“The use of biological resources for producing and processing materials, chemicals (including pharmaceutical precursors and biopharmaceuticals) and energy. These resources include plants, algae, marine life, fungi and micro-organisms”

For information on the areas of research we will fund please take a look at our remit.


We have several types of funding available:

  • Business Interaction Vouchers – BBSRC CBMNet Business Interaction Vouchers are available and provide up to £10,000 to be used to support collaboration between academic partners and industrial partners who are members of CBMNet.
  • Proof-of-Concept funding – Calls are made for Proof-of-Concept funds (£5,000-£50,000 per project) to be allocated following specific competition calls and creative (sandpit style) events for CBMNet members.
  • Support for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) – We can provide bursaries to allow ECRs to work with academic and industrial partners and to attend and present at relevant conferences.
  • Vacation Scholarships – We provide scholarships for undergraduates to carry out research projects (8-10 weeks) within the CBMNet remit. Applications from ECRs are encouraged.
  • Open Innovation Meeting Grants – To allow industrial CBMNet members to engage with selected members of CBMNet, in the form of a meeting.
  • Industrial-Academic Exchange Grants – To support the development of new teams to transfer knowledge from academia to industry and vice versa.
  • Public Engagement Grants – To allow CBMNet members to carry out public engagement activities.

Please take a look at some of the projects we have funded so far.

Please see the table below for current funding opportunities.

Funding OpportunityMore DetailsAmount AvailableClosing Date
Business Interaction VouchersTo support collaboration between academic partners and industrial partnersUp to £10,000NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Proof of Concept FundingTo be allocated following specific competition calls and creative (sandpit style) eventsUp to £50,000 per projectNO LONGER AVAILABLE
Early Career Researcher GrantsBursaries to allow ECRs to work with academic and industrial partners and to attend and present at relevant conferencesPlease contact usNO LONGER AVAILABLE
CBMNet Vacation ScholarshipsFor undergraduates to carry out research projects (8-10 weeks) within the CBMNet remitStudent stipend of £185 per week for up to 10 weeks; up to £500 consumablesNO LONGER AVAILABLE
Open Innovation Meeting GrantTo allow industrial CBMNet members to engage with selected members of CBMNet, in the form of a meetingUp to £2,000NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Industrial-Academic Exchange GrantsTo support the development of new teams to transfer knowledge from academia to industry and vice versaUp to £1,000NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Public Engagement GrantsTo allow CBMNet members to carry out public engagement activitiesUp to £500NO LONGER AVAILABLE

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