Innovate UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), all part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £2 million for sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture: feasibility study competition. 

The aim of this competition is to create and implement innovative, disruptive, sustainable biomanufacturing by 2050. enhancing the UK’s ability to compete internationally by funding feasibility studies and encouraging cross-sector growth.  

This can be achieved through creative uses of renewable feedstocks and technologies for manufacturing sustainable and circular goods that are based on biotechnology. Businesses and academic researchers will be able to collaborate on projects to create more sustainable bio-based goods, biotechnology innovations, and processes.


Your project must: 

  • have total costs between £50,000 and £100,000 
  • start by 1 July 2023 
  • end by 31 December 2023
  • last between 3 and 6 months
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK 

You must only include eligible project costs in your application. 

A Russian or Belarusian organisation cannot serve as the lead, partner, or subcontractor in any procurement, commercial, business development, or supply chain activity funded by this competition due to current prohibitions. All products and services coming from Russian or Belarusian sources fall under this category. 

A company, academic institution, RTO, charity, not-for-profit organisation, or public sector organisation can lead only one application but may be a partner on up to two other applications.  

If a company isn’t in charge of any particular application, it can collaborate on any number of them. 

 More Information: 

The applications are open until 1st February 2023. For more information and registration, please check here.

RedKnight has a strong track record of securing Innovate UK Smart Grants and can help you develop a competitive application! If you would like help putting together a competitive proposal, please contact us today.