Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £12 million for this competition. The funding is intended to support projects that can demonstrate how the use of biomanufacture based products can reduce waste and carbon emissions, as well as improve the efficiency of the production process. Ultimately, the goal is to create more sustainable products that have a positive environmental impact. 

The goal of this challenge is to create and implement innovative, disruptive, sustainable biomanufacturing by 2050. enhancing the UK’s ability to compete globally by encouraging cooperative research and development (CR&D) across various industries and sectors. 

Businesses and researchers will be able to collaborate on projects to create more innovative and sustainable bio-based products, biotechnology processes, and products. 


Your project must: 

  • have total costs between £300,000 and £1 million 
  • start by 1 October 2023 
  • end by 30 September 2025 
  • last between 12 and 24 months 
  • be collaborative 
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK 
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK 


In accordance with current restrictions, Russian, Belarusian, or Myanmar organisation cannot serve as the lead, partner, or subcontractor in any procurement, commercial, business development, or supply chain activity funded by this competition. All Russian, Belarusian, and Myanmar goods and services fall under this category. 


Your proposal must support organisations in biomanufacturing in the future to be: 

  • net zero and resource efficient 
  • resilient and responsive 
  • technologically advanced and digital 


Your project must address the challenge of developing innovations in sustainable biomanufacturing processes like: 

  • increasing the use of bio-based feedstocks 
  • using biotechnology for alternative bio-based chemical replacements including low carbon polymers and, liquid and gaseous fuels 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 


Competition opens: Tuesday 7 March 2023 

Competition closes: Wednesday 3 May 2023 11:00am 


More Information:  

The applications are open until Wednesday 3 May 2023 11:00am. For more information and registration, please check here. 

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