BBSRC Phase II Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
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: Exploiting the algal treasure trove” is being funded. The new network will commence in early 2019 with Saul as Director and Michele Stanley (SAMS), Pat Harvey (University of Greenwich) and Anna Amtmann (University of Glasgow) as Co-Directors. The scope of the new network will include microalgae, macroalgae and cyanobacteria.
The other NIBB to receive funding are:
- Biomass Biorefinery Network (BBNet) – Simon McQueen Mason, University of York
- Carbon Recycling: Converting waste derived GHG into chemicals, fuels and animal feed (CCNet) – Nigel Minton, University of Nottingham
- Elements of Bioremediation, Biomanufacturing & Bioenergy (E3B) Metals in Biology – Nigel Robinson, Durham University
- Environmental Biotechnology Network (EBNet) – Sonia Heaven, University of Southampton
- High Value Biorenewables (HVB) Network – Ian Graham, University of York
The BBSRC announcement is available here
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UK-China Microalgal Biotechnology workshop
PHYCONET, in conjunction with the Center for Microalgal Biotechnology and Biofuels at the Institute of Hydrobiology in Wuhan, China, is organising an international workshop, to be held 19-21 September in Wuhan. The objective is to bring UK and Chinese microalgae researchers together to identify the challenges and bottlenecks in characterisation, production and commercialisation in the production of bio-products from microalgal biomass. Specific objectives are to:
- Provide a forum to facilitate exchange of knowledge and collaborative links between UKand Chinese researchers from academia and industry, thereby advancing the developmentand exploitation of algal biotechnology.
- Establish an informal network of researchers that strengthens UK-Chinese connectionswithin the algal biotech sector, and raises the profile of PHYCONET in China.
- Gather expertise and understanding of the bottlenecks in developing and commercialisingalgal bio-products and establishing sustainable algal biorefineries.
- Identify knowledge gaps in our understanding of how these barriers can be overcome, andhow this knowledge deficit can be addressed.
- Explore joint funding opportunities and assemble ‘grant ready’ teams to develop researchproposals.
- Agree an action plan for implementation.
Senior researchers from academia and industry are invited to apply for this workshop by the deadline of 5pm on 20 April. This workshop is supported by a BBSRC ‘International Workshop’ award, and PHYCONET anticipates being able to provide funding for travel expenses and accommodation for up to 10 UK delegates. Successful applicants will be notified by 4 May.To apply, click here.
Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Wave 3
The Government is inviting ideas as to what to support during the third wave of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Proposed challenges should combine the best ideas from academia and industry to create tangible benefits for the UK in productivity and economic growth.
Submitted proposals should either be drafted collaboratively by a consortium of industry and academia, or be able to provide evidence of an industry-wide requirement.
You will need to explain and evidence what the challenge is, the positive impact in addressing it, and the capabilities and strengths that we already have in the UK that would help us to become a world-leader in its research and commercialisation.
The deadline for expression of interest challenges is 18 April 2018.
Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/industrial-strategy-challenge-fund-tell-us-what-to-support