About the event
Innovate UK – KTN would like to invite you to attend this dedicated briefing webinar for the Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture CR&D competition to give you the opportunity to ask any questions directly to expert innovation leads at Innovate UK and Research Councils. This session is intended to address general questions around the competition scope and individual project queries will not be covered. If you do have specific project queries, contact details will be shared.
There will also be the opportunity to pitch and network to find partners for your project. To aid those processes you will receive a link after registration to submit your networking slide. Please make sure you make most of this opportunity and provide the necessary details.
Who is the event for?
This competition is open to academics, SMEs, RTOs and businesses and are all encouraged to attend.
If you are innovating in one of the areas mentioned in the competition details below and would like to find out more about the CR&D competition, then please join this webinar where you will also have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any support that can be provided by Innovate UK KTN regarding your application.
About the Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture CR&D competition
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £12 million for projects under the Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture programme. This funding is from Innovate UK, BBSRC and EPSRC jointly. The aim of this competition is to develop the design and delivery of new and disruptive sustainable biomanufacturing by 2050. Enabling the UK to be more globally competitive by supporting Collaborative Research & Development (CR&D) across different industries and sectors.
Scope (subject to change), eligibility and details of the CR&D funding call will be outlined in the webinar.
CR&D funding call opens 7th March 2023 for 8 weeks (closing date: 3 May 2023)
Projects must address the challenge of developing innovations in sustainable biomanufacturing processes as underpinned by biotechnology in displacing fossil-derived products and may include:
Increasing the use of bio-based feedstocks
Using biotechnology for alternative bio-based chemical replacements including low carbon polymers and, liquid and gaseous fuels (*except sustainable aviation fuel) for transport, heating and renewable energy
Enhancing the sustainability profile of biotechnology processes
Innovative use and re-use of renewable feedstocks
Biotechnology-based manufacture processes for sustainable and circular products with whole systems approach (consideration of broader life cycle thinking)
Out of scope:
Microbiomes towards human health therapeutics
Sustainable aviation fuels
Alternative protein sources (food and beverage)
Artificial intelligence (unless it is directly tethered to a Biotechnology based process and (or) product)