Funding from PHYCONET

All of our funding schemes are now closed.

Funding from Other Sources


BBSRC has many research funding schemes, including fellowships, research grants, special opportunities and international funding opportunities, and, in conjunction with EPSRC and Innovate UK, set up the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst for accelerating the commercialisation of industrial biotechnology-derived products and processes. If applying, please consult the BBSRC IB Catalyst website for advice and also read the following BBSRC advice for IB Catalyst applicants.

Innovate UK

Working with business, research and policy makers, Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board) offers funding and support to help businesses develop new products and services – and bring them closer to market.


The Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) is an industry led and Government sponsored initiative to drive a bio-economy in the UK.

Royal Society

The Royal Society provides a range of grant schemes to support the UK scientific community and foster collaboration between UK-based and overseas scientists.


Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).


Phyconet News

  • December 20, 2018

    The PHYCONET December 2018 newsletter is now available. This is our last newsletter, as the funding for the PHYCONET network finishes on 31st December. If you would like to be updated about the new Algae-UK network starting in early 2019, please email

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  • November 10, 2018

    Our final annual conference was held at the Wesley Hotel in London on 8-9 November. Attended by 75 delegates, the meeting included presentations from awardees of our various funding schemes – Proof of Concept, Business Interaction Vouchers and IB Seeding

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  • November 8, 2018

    BBSRC has announced, with the support of EPSRC, that £11M is to be committed to funding six Phase II Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB), and we are delighted that the application submitted by PHYCONET Director Saul Purton, “Algae-UK:

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