BBNet Scale-Up Funds
Closing Date: –
Funding to support the scaling up of technologies for the bioprocessing, bio-catalysis and fermentation of biomass from the proof of concept/lab stage to TRL 4.
The Biomass Biorefinery Network (BBNet), based at the University of York, is one of six Phase II Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB) funded by the BBSRC for five years from January 2019. The objective of the NIBBs is to foster collaboration between academic researchers and businesses and support research and translation to build capacity and capability in the UK base for sustainable, biologically based manufacturing.
BBNet’s primary function is to catalyse innovation in the biomass biorefinery and biorenewable product sectors and address the major challenges facing these sectors, namely strain development, biomass deconstruction, process integration, product recovery and scale-up. Its remit covers bioprocessing, bio-catalysis and fermentation of biomass, and will embrace chemical conversion, engineering and combinations of these processes with thermochemical and other technologies.
BBNet administers several grant and funding schemes to foster developments in biomass biorefinery and support collaboration between academic institutions and industrial partners. The emphasis of support is on translational research that encompasses and integrates sustainable biomass provision through to processing and production of fuels, chemicals and materials, and encouraging genomic, synthetic and systems biology approaches. Target feedstocks include agricultural and forest residues, industrial, municipal and commercial waste, marine biomass and biomass crops.
The BBNet Scale-Up Funds will support members of BBNet with the preparation of lab-based work for scale-up, initial pilot-scale trials of promising work and preparing successful pilot-tests for larger-scale trials. Funding will enable teams to work with BioPilots UK Centres to develop work from the benchtop to TRL 4.