03.03.2015

APPLICATION: UK-Norway IB Catalyst Funding

Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst

FUNDING STREAMS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS:

There will be a probable funding Round 5 of the IB Catalyst, which then will be announced at the end of 2015). Please communicate your interest to us  by  mail[at]indbiotech[dot]no and we will come back to you with further information.  

 


The opportunity
The Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst programme will accelerate commercialisation of industrial biotechnology products and processes, and enabling their potential scale-up. It has been set up by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Funding of £40m is available in 2015-2016.

How does it work?
Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst supports businesses and researchers in developing innovative solutions to challenges in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy. It will support R&D for the processing and production of materials, chemicals and bioenergy through the sustainable exploitation of biological resources.

Who can take part?
Any UK-registered business or academic undertaking research and development may apply for funding. Norwegian businesses having a British industry partner can participate and will be funded by Innovation Norway. However, their eligibility should be confirmed with Innovation Norway first. (Norwegian RTOs and academics can participate in projects as long as they apply with a Norwegian company.)

Find a collaboration partner:
- UK-Norway Industrial Biotechnology Directory
- IBNN company database
- UK Norway group
 

Find your funding stream:

1. EARLY STAGE: Feasibility studies
These academic research and development projects will translate research discoveries into the development of industrial biotechnology processes or technologies.

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 costs. Business partner funding up to 75% of their total project costs for SMEs or 65% for larger companies.

2. INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
These projects will build on recent discoveries to develop new technologies or processes.They should have already demonstrated feasibility at bench scale.

Projects must be business-led. Duration up to three years.Total project costs up to £5m. Total research organisation costs must not exceed 50% of total project costs. Business partner funding up to 60% of their total project costs for SMEs or 50% for larger companies.

3. LATE STAGE: Pre-experimental feasibility studies
These projects will 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 costs. Business partner funding up to 50% of their total project costs for SMEs or 40% for larger companies.

4. LATE STAGE: Experimental development
These projects will allow companies to demonstrate that performance seen previously is repeatable during extended testing at a commercial scale.

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 costs. Business partner funding up to 35% of their total project costs for SMEs or 25% for larger companies.

Support telephone numbers:
Norwegian applicants: + 47 909 66 998, Marit Valseth, Innovation Norway
UK applicants: +44 (0)300 321 4357, Innovate UK

About Catalysts
Catalysts are a form of R&D funding to innovative businesses and researchers working in priority areas with the aim of helping them to quickly turn excellent research into new or improved commercial processes and products.