BBSRC Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy Phase II

BBSRC has allocated up to £10M for this second phase networking initiative and aims to fund a number of Networks, of varying scales, focusing on a broad range of fundamental and strategic challenges and questions facing the IBBE area. Networks will operate for up to 5 years and are expected to become self-sustaining beyond this.

Networks are also intended to be UK-wide and be open to participants from different disciplines and institutions.

Each proposal must explain the fit to the scope of Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy and demonstrate evidence of how they will connect with on-going excellent research in the UK to grow and develop the network.

This is a two stage call; Expression of Interest applications will be assessed in March 2018, and Full applications invited forward for assessment during Summer 2018. Networks will be expected to start 1 January 2019.

Applicants intending to submit an Expression of Interest must attend and present their proposed Network at the Community meeting being held in London on 17 January 2018.

How to apply

There is a two stage application and assessment process:

  1. Expression of Interest – via Je-S, including the proforma provided.
  2. Full proposals – via Je-S

The template Expression of Interest proforma is available from the links.  Please complete all sections and upload to Je-S.

Applicants submitting or planning to submit an Expression of Interest will be required to attend and present their ideas at a Community meeting on 17 January, in London, to gain community support and backing for their proposal.

Registration for the community meeting is via Key Survey here and closes Friday 5 January 16.00

Expressions of interest will be assessed by an expert panel comprising representatives of the national and international community. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full stage proposal based on the expert panel recommendations.

Expression of Interest Proformas must be submitted via Je-s by 24 January 2018 16.00