September 2015: NIBB Activities Update
In 2013-14, BBSRC, with support from EPSRC, committed £18M to fund 13 unique collaborative Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB). The BBSRC NIBB launched in January 2014.
The BBSRC NIBB are fostering collaborations between academia, industry, policy makers and NGOs in order to find new approaches to tackle research challenges, translate research and deliver key benefits in IBBE.
Each network has a particular focus area, mainly within the UK, but with interest to build international links. These multidisciplinary networks will drive new ideas to harness the potential of biological resources for producing and processing materials, biopharmaceuticals, chemicals and energy. The Networks provide Proof of Concept funding, Business Interaction Vouchers and are open to new members.
Up to the end of June 2015, the BBSRC NIBB collectively represent approximately 1750 UK based academic members and have engaged with 428 companies.
Read the full report here.