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Proof of Concept funding from the High Value Chemicals from Plants (HVCfP) Network

The High Value Chemicals from Plants (HVCfP) Network is a BBSRC Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenery (NIBB). It aims to encourage novel, technology-based solutions to major...

Women in innovation invited to apply for infocus funding award

Innovate UK has up to £200,000 and a package of tailored support to award to businesswomen who have exciting ideas and the potential to become leaders in innovation and deliver significant...

Royal Society Innovation Awards - deadline 7 July 2016

The Royal Society has opened a competition for two Innovation Awards of up to £250,000: one for research in the Physical sciences and one for research in the Biological sciences. This...

Driverless vehicle testing facilities: Call for evidence

Endorsed by two secretaries of state and the Cabinet Office, the government has issued a Call for evidence on the UK testing ecosystem for connected and autonomous vehicles , to help build...

Register now for IBTI-NIBB Bioresources Value Chains Event, 30 June-1 July, Manchester

The BBSRC Integrated Biorefining Research and Technology club ( IBTI ) and Networks in Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB), including ADNet , FoodWasteNet , LBNet and...

£5M to understand the role of nutrition in health and disease

Nine new research projects have been awarded a share of £5.3M to offer insights into the role of food and nutrition on our health. The new projects were funded by BBSRC and MRC as part of a...

£17M announced to support industrial biotechnology

A total of 16 projects have received a share of £17M to bring innovative challenge-led biotechnology concepts to market. The projects will use cutting edge science to deliver benefits for...

PhD in algal cell biology and signalling at University of Southampton

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) and the  University of Southampton are advertising a PhD in  algal cell biology and signalling.   This project will study how...

Discovery Awards: Seed funding for diagnostic tools to reduce misuse of antibiotics

The Longitude Prize is a £10M challenge to tackle to rising threat from antibiotic resistance. In order to maximise the number and diversity of entrants to the Longitude Prize, the...

Feeding insect larvae on under-utilised crops to produce sustainable fishmeal for aquaculture

There is an interesting article by Sarah Jose on the Global Plant Council website about how crops and insects are being used to replace fishmeal in aquaculture feed. The article focuses on...

New £4.5M funding competition: Connected digital additive manufacturing

Innovate UK is investing up to £4.5 million in collaborative industrial research projects that stimulate innovation in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. Additive manufacturing...

Report from the US-UK Bioinformatics for the Microbiome Workshop

In March 2016 a group of leading US and UK researchers met at the  University of California San Diego to discuss  inconsistencies across the breadth of microbiome research. The main...

Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees?

SCI's Agrisciences Group are hosting a conference to address the question of whether neonicotinoids are killing bees. The EU banned the use of neonicotinoids in 2013, following concerns over...

Detecting whether beer has gone stale using a sensor and a smartphone app

Beer is one of the most widely consumed alcoholic beverages in the world. The flavour of each brand is one of its most relevant quality standards. However, depending on the beer type and its...

New coating method protects seeds from being eaten by insects

Chemists at ETH Zurich are developing a coating for seeds, inspired by nature's defences, which will deter or kill insect pests. Some seeds have their own defence systems against insect...

Bridging the gap between lab and land - Young Innovators' Forum at Cereals 2016

Could keeping wheat foliage green until the end of harvest boost yields? This is just one of the research projects to be discussed at a special event for young farmers and early career...

Recording and slides now available from opportunities for IB & SynBio webinar

Did you miss our recent webinar on opportunities for industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology in the new Innovate UK Delivery Plan? Not to worry, because the recording and slides from...

Chance finding could transform plant production and increase carbon capture on farmland

An almost entirely accidental discovery by University of Guelph researchers could transform food and biofuel production and increase carbon capture on farmland. By tweaking a plant’s genetic...

New report on genetically engineered crops - experiences & prospects

An extensive study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has found that new technologies in genetic engineering and conventional breeding are blurring the once clear...

How to boost adoption of Agri-Tech

A new report has been released which describes how to boost adoption of Agri-Tech. It covers factors that act as barriers to adoption, as well as how start-ups in the Agri-Tech field can boost...
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