Sustainable Biomanufacturing: UKRI Launches Competition

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) partners have teamed up to launch a new competition that will focus on investigating sustainable biomanufacturing in the UK. 

To advance research, innovation, and commercialization in UK sustainable biomanufacturing initiatives, Innovate UK is teaming up with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as well as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Through this union of sectors we will be able to enhance our knowledge base while fostering greater collaboration opportunities.

Biomanufacturing holds immense promise for the United Kingdom. By unlocking its full potential, biomanufacturing can be a key part in bringing about the UK government’s goal of reducing all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

Biomanufacturing is already making a tremendous impact across multiple industries in the UK, but its potential to ensure continued economic success and prosperity cannot be ignored as well.

The Competition

UK registered organisations have the chance to take advantage of up to £2 million in funding for feasibility studies and advancements towards sustainable biomanufacturing with The Sustainable Bio-based Materials and Manufacture Competition!

By incentivizing cooperation between industry and academic researchers, this competition encourages the creation of environmentally-friendly bio-based products, biotechnological processes, and novel ideas.

Successful proposals will support biomanufacturing organisations to be:

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

Proposals will strive to overcome the difficulty of inventing sustainable biomanufacturing processes by 

– Utilising more bio-based materials and other renewable sources as feedstocks.

– Finding alternatives for chemical replacements that are organic, non toxic, and environmentally friendly.  

– Maximising sustainability in all parts of a biotechnology process 

 – Making creative use out of renewable materials while also reusing them when possible 

 – Implementing effective biotechnological methods in order to produce eco conscious and recyclable items on an ongoing basis

To provide a wider range of support for various innovative projects in different sectors, a portfolio approach will be used when evaluating competition submissions.

Proposals for the competition must be submitted by February 1st, 2023.


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