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August 2014 Newsletter



Dear Member

Interest is building in the Industrial Biotechnology Showcase (11th-12th February 2015, QEII Conference Centre) and the deadline for abstract submission is now fast approaching so don't leave it too late and risk missing your chance to showcase your algal bioenergy technology at this major event.

There is also still time to apply for the NERC-supported IBLF Award for the most promising company utilising algae as a means of addressing current challenges facing humans.

Finally, the KTN, NERC and the Technology Strategy Board wish to thank Michele Stanley for her time, commitment and enthusiasm during her 3 years as Director of the Algal Bioenergy SIG. Her tenure ended on the 31st July 2014 and she will now focus on her projects at SAMS. From now on queries relating to the ABSIG should be directed to Michelle Carter.  

Kind regards

The Algal Bioenergy SIG Team                                                                                                



  Funding and Competitions

CASE (Co-operative Awards in Science and Engineering) studentships involve post-graduate students studying for a PhD through research with both an academic institution and a commercial company. The KTN has secured ten CASE studentships to start in the 2015/16 academic year, which will be allocated out to projects in key bioscience sectors. Deadline for applications: 4 Sep 2014

Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst (Round 2) 
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest £45m in major integrated research and development projects through the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst. Deadlines vary according to funding category - please check at  Expressions of Interest registration deadline: 3 Sep 2014; application deadline: 10 Sep 2014. Feasibility studies registration deadline: 3 Dec 2014; application deadline: 10 Dec 2014.

Innovation Vouchers (Round 9)
Up to £5k funding for for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow. Next deadline for applications: 22 Oct 2014.

IBLF Awards
The brand new IBLF (Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum) awards are issuing a challenge to all early stage or even pre-revenue UK-based SMEs and spin outs to pitch their best ideas to an influential panel of industry experts. The prize is a £10K voucher to enable you to gain access to a business support mechanism to help springboard your business. Deadline for applications: 28 Nov 2014.
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Webinar on funding opportunities for Industrial Biotech & SynBio

This KTN webinar provided an update on the upcoming funding opportunities for industrial biotechnology & synthetic biology, with particular focus on the remit of each competition and where applications are likely to fit best. 

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