Joint Synthetic Biology Initiative

Researchers are invited to apply for funding from a new Joint Synthetic Biology Initiative, which has made up to £2.4 million available from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the EPSRC, and the Medical Research Council (MRC).

The aim of the initiative is to fund a cohort of short, innovative, proof-of-concept and/or preliminary speculative scientific investigations that seek to explore the potential applicability of synthetic biology to meeting the UK’s current and future national security and defence needs. The research will be conducted in line with relevant international conventions.

The call is expected to fund approximately 15 high quality projects that will demonstrate highly multidisciplinary approaches, bringing together life scientists, engineers and, where appropriate, physical scientists in the management and direction of the project.

It is expected that projects will typically cost up to £120,000 with a duration between six and 24 months.

The closing date for proposals is 16:00 on Tuesday 22 November 2011. Details on eligibility and instructions for application are available on the Joint Synthetic Biology Initiative page on the BBSRC website.