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August 2014 Newsletter



Dear Member

Welcome to the latest ABSIG newsletter. We have lots of news to tell you this month including the announcement of the winners of this year’s ABSIG SPARK Awards, plus you can read the summaries from the 2013 winning projects.

There are plenty of funding schemes currently available to enable industry-led R&D and we encourage any early-stage SME to apply for an IBLF Award: it is really easy to apply, just get your mobile phone or iPad out and take a two minute video detailing your company, its business model and why you want a £10k voucher. The deadline is the 28th November and if you mention how your business considers ecosystem services - that will enhance your chances of winning further.

Please contact us if you have an event you would like us to promote for you. We would love to hear from the community to hear about any news you have and we can put it on our website and in the newsletter. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

The Algal Bioenergy SIG Team

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 Upcoming Events

FEATURED EVENT: Industrial Biotechnology Showcase, 11-12 Feb 2015, London 
A major event in the UK to bring together industry, academia and government agencies working towards a bio-economy. Abstract submission deadline: 16 Sep 2014.

FEATURED EVENT: Large-Scale Algal Cultivation, Harvesting and Downstream Processing, 3-7 Nov 2014, Arizona, US
This workshop will cover practical applications of growing and managing microalgal cultures at production scale, including methods for handling cultures, screening strains for desirable characteristics, identifying and mitigating contaminants, scaling up cultures for outdoor growth, harvesting and processing technologies, as well as the analysis of lipids, proteins and carbohydrates.

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  Competitions and Funding

FEATURED: Win a £10K Voucher to Springboard your Business
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.

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.

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. Feasibility studies registration deadline: 3 Dec 2014; application deadline: 10 Dec 2014.

Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET Transnational Call for Research Projects
The forthcoming first transnational joint call for research projects within the framework of ERA-MarineBiotech aims to stimulate joint European research and development activities in marine biotechnology. Collaborative projects related to “The development of biorefinery processes for marine bioresources” should include researchers from the academic and the industrial sector. Deadline for pre-proposals: 10 Dec 2014. Deadline for full proposals by invited consortia: 30 Apr 2015.

Agri-Tech Catalyst

The £70m Agri-Tech Catalyst provides support to businesses and researchers from any sector or discipline by funding the development of innovative ideas which can help make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability.

Round 3 is now open:

  • Early-stage awards - Registration closes: 31 Dec 2014; Competition closes: 7 Jan 2015
  • Late-stage awards - Registration closes: 31 Dec 2014; Competition closes: 7 Jan 2015

Recovering valuable materials from waste
Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £4.5m in collaborative R&D projects that seek to increase the recovery of valuable materials from waste streams. The competitions will open on 12 Jan 2015. Deadline for registrations: 18 Feb 2015. Deadline for applications: 25 Feb 2015

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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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