Deadline for BBSRC IB Catalyst Applications: IMPORTANT DATES

BBSRC
Expression of interest:

Registration deadline: 3 September 2014
Application deadline: 10 September 2014

Feasibility studies:

Registration deadline: 3 December 2014
Application deadline: 10 December 2014

IB Catalyst applications
Projects should address one or more of the following challenges using biological processes, or processes in which biological and chemical approaches are used in combination:
– Production of fine and speciality chemicals and natural products (e.g. fragrances, flavours, pharmaceutical intermediates)
– Production of commodity, platform and intermediate chemicals and materials (e.g. plastics, resins, silks)
– Production of liquid and gaseous biofuels
– Production of peptides and proteins (e.g. enzymes, antibiotics, recombinant biologics)
– Novel or improved upstream or downstream processes to reduce costs or improve efficiency in industrial biotechnology applications

Funding streams

This call will be awarded through five funding streams across early-, mid- and late-stage research categories.
Early-stage awards

Projects which translate discoveries enabling development of IB processes and technologies, or feasibility projects which explore the commercial potential of an early-stage scientific idea.

Early-stage translation awards

Academic research and development projects that aim to translate research discoveries to enable the development of IB technologies and processes.
Projects must be academic-led
Funding for BBSRC and EPSRC eligible institutions only
Business involvement encouraged
Duration: typically three to five years
Total project costs: £2-5M (at 100% FEC)

Early-stage feasibility awards

Academic or business-led collaborative projects that enable the exploration/evaluation of the commercial potential of an early-stage innovative idea.
Projects can be business- or academic-led
Duration: up to one year
Total project costs: up to £250k
Total research organisation costs must not exceed 50% of total project cost
Business partner funding: up to 75% of their total project costs for SMEs or 65% for larger companies

Industrial research awards

Projects which build on recent discoveries to develop new technologies or processes for industrial biotechnology and/ or bringing together different components of a process to establish with reasonable certainty that it could be run commercially.
Projects must be business-led
Duration: typically up to three years
Total project costs: up to £5M
Total research organisation costs must not exceed 50% of total project cost
Business partner funding: up to 60% of their total project costs for SMEs or 50% for larger companies

Late-stage awards
Projects which demonstrate the performance and reliability of a new or modified process to the point where the process could be implemented commercially. Projects will have already proven their effectiveness at bench and/or pilot scale.

Pre-experimental feasibility studies

Pre-experimental feasibility studies are a precursor to projects wishing to move to experimental development. They allow companies to test their proven process at a greater scale of operation or with commercially equivalent equipment for the first time.
Projects must be business-led
Duration: up to one year
Total project costs: up to £1M
Total research organisation costs must not exceed 30% of total project cost
Business partner funding: up to 50% of their total project costs for SMEs or 40% for larger companies

Experimental development
Experimental development projects will occur at commercial scale operation and be the last step prior to commercial implementation. They should demonstrate that performance seen previously e.g. pre-experimental feasibility studies, is repeatable during extended testing.
Projects must be business-led
Duration: up to two years
Total project costs: up to £10M
Total Research Organisation costs must not exceed 30% of total project cost.
Business partner funding: up to 35% of their total project costs for SMEs or 25% for larger companies

How to apply

The lead partner must register via the competition website at www.innovateuk.org/funding-competitions.

If you require further information or have a query regarding this competition, please contact the Technology Strategy Board Business Support Group Helpdesk, email: competitions@innovateuk.org, or tel: 03003 214357 .

External contact

Dr Adrian Higson, IB Catalyst Co-ordinator
a.higson@nnfcc.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 562656

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