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January 2015 Newsletter




Dear Member

Welcome to our January newsletter in which we have highlighted an array of funding competitions and new algae related events for 2015.

The next big event is the Industrial Biotechnology Showcase in London on 11-12 February which will showcase the excellent R&D in bio-based technologies and processes in the UK. With a strong industry presence, this is an excellent opportunity to meet key contacts, including those working on algae. See below for more information on speakers and the IBLF Award finalists competing for nine awards, including one NERC Ecosystem Services Award. Please do come along and vote for your favourite pitch in the IB Den!

And remember, if you have any news or events you would like to share with the community, we would love to hear from you.

Kind regards

The Algal Bioenergy SIG Team


Featured News

Four algae SMEs in final of IBLF Awards

We are delighted to announce that 4 out of the 15 finalists for the IBLF Awards are algal SMEs. Our congratulations to Industrial Phycology Ltd, Vitaplankton Ltd, Phytofutures Ltd, and Aragreen (UK) Ltd - good luck in the finals. The IBLF Awards is a business competition aimed at pre-revenue SMEs to enable them to access resources and services essential to spring-boarding their business. The final stage  of this competition is a Dragon’s Den style session, The IB Den, to be held at the Industrial Biotechnology Showcase (11-12 February) in London where they will present a 5 minute pitch to the IB Dragons. Find out more here.



 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. Of particular interest to the algae community is a presentation on "High Value Chemicals from microalgae (PHYCONET)" by Saul Purton, University College London. In addition, Steve Skill (Swansea University) will talk about "Photobioreactor designs: Past, present and future contenders", and Bob Lovitt (also Swansea University) will present on the theme of "Membrane bioreactors for enhanced and intensified bioprocessing." There is still time to make an impact at this event by becoming sponsor. Packages range from £200 to £4000 to suit your budget. Be quick, going fast! You can find out more to here.

Other Events


  Competitions and Funding


PHYCONET Business Interaction Vouchers
BBSRC NIBB Interaction Vouchers fund projects between academic partners and industrial partners within the PHYCONET network, in order to encourage and support collaboration between academia and industry. The collaboration can be any defined piece of work by the academic partner for the industrial partner. Each voucher provides funding to the value of £5000 (including VAT), to fund a project of no longer than 6 months in duration. Available now - no deadline.

Innovation Vouchers (Round 10)
Up to £5k funding 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: 21 Jan 2015.

Smart 2014-15
Smart is a grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology, from which successful new products, processes and services could emerge. Deadline for Round 5 applications: noon on 29 Jan 2015. Deadline for Round 6 applications: 26 Mar 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. Deadline for registrations: 18 Feb 2015. Deadline for applications: 25 Feb 2015.

ERA-IB (European Research Area - Industrial Biotechnology)
The main purpose of the 6th joint ERA-IB funding call is to generate joint European research and development activities and to stimulate and unify researchers and academics who specialise in IB to work closely together and share funding and research projects. Deadline for pre-proposals: 23 Feb 2015 (13:00 CET). Deadline for full proposals: 15 Jun 2015 (13:00 CET).

Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst (Round 3)
BBSRC, Innovate UK and EPSRC are to invest £45m in major integrated research and development projects through the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst. Catalysts provide funding to innovative businesses and researchers working in priority areas with the aim of helping them to quickly turn excellent UK research into new or improved commercial processes and products. There are five types of award: early stage: translation; early stage: feasibility studies; industrial research; late stage: pre-experimental feasibility studies; and late stage: experimental development. Deadlines vary according to the type of funding.
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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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