BBSRC is conducting a consultation on the future scope of its Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy.

A few years ago the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), with support from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), funded 13 unique collaborative Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB).

The BBSRC NIBB were designed to foster collaborations between academia, industry, policy makers and NGOs in order to find new approaches to tackle research challenges, translate research and deliver key benefits in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE).

Each network has a particular focus area ranging from Anaerobic Digestion (ADNet) to Chemicals from C1 Gas (C1NET), from High Value Chemicals from Plants (HVCfP) to unlocking the IB potential of microalgae (PHYCONET). Activities have included providing proof of concept funding, Business Interaction Vouchers, and holding workshops.

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BBSRC is now seeking to renew the funding of these Networks. It is expected that a smaller number of networks, potentially with a wider remit and community, may be sought to minimise overlap. This renewal process provides an opportunity to rethink the remit of the NIBB and help ensure that they serve the research and industry communities appropriately going forward.

To help inform this process, BBSRC are asking you to complete a short questionnaire, which can be accessed here.

The survey is hosted by QDP Services Ltd, who will analyse the data and share it with the NIBB.

The deadline for completion of the survey is Friday, 30 June.

KTN’s Biotechnology Team are available to discuss opportunities and support mechanisms for innovation in the field of Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy.

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