BBSRC Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB)

sugarcaneBBSRC, in association with EPSRC, TSB and the BioKTN, CIKTN and HealthKTN,  wish to support a number of cross-disciplinary, community-building networks as part of its two-component strategy in supporting Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE).

The expansion of IBBE approaches and expertise will underpin the development of a sustainable UK Bioeconomy with the potential to maintain future energy security, create innovative bio-based products, and increase the efficiency of a wide range of manufacturing processes, generating sustainable economic growth and creating jobs.

Up to £15M has been allocated for this networking initiative and aims to fund approximately 10 networks of varying scales.


  • To support a number of networks in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy and through them, facilitate the development of internationally competitive cross-disciplinary communities capable of undertaking innovative research and attracting further investment from UK and international sources
  • To provide the resources to support proof of concept funding for a range of research projects identified by the networks, ultimately leading to more competitive, collaborative, cross-disciplinary and integrative research proposals to BBSRC and elsewhere
  • To encourage the interaction between the academic research base and technology-deploying, associated value-chain and end-user businesses, promoting the translation of research particularly involving genomic, systems and synthetic biology
  • To enable the supported networks to provide the leadership to develop, in collaboration with business, challenges to be addressed by the IB Catalyst fund

    The deadline for registering to attend the Town Hall meeting on 21 February 2013 in London is 14 February 2013

    Outline application deadline: 16 April 2013, 4pm

    Full application deadline (invite only): July 2013 TBC

Participation in the _connect BBSRC NIBB group is a prerequisite of submitting an outline application. See the BBSRC website for more details of the Networks and how to apply.