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Engineering Biology Collaborative R&D Round 2

Fund Name

Engineering Biology Collaborative R&D Round 2

Project Length

6-12 months

Project Value

£70k - £350k

Deadline

26.07.2023

Innovate UK will invest up to £6.7 million in this Engineering Biology collaborative R&D competition.

The aim of this competition is to deliver business-led research and development that will:

  • lead to new engineering biology products, processes or services
  • de-risk the adoption of new engineering biology technologies that offer high market potential

Check Your Eligibility

Fund details

Your proposal must clearly:

  • demonstrate how your innovation relates to synthetic biology
  • explain how your innovation fits with one or more of the specific themes for the competition

Your project can include:

  • experimental evaluation
  • prototyping
  • product or service development planning
  • demonstrations of utility and effectiveness
  • demonstrations of safety or regulatory planning

Specific themes

Your project must focus on one or more of the following:

  • applying engineering biology solutions to one or more of the National Engineering Biology Programme (NEBP) themes
  • development of cross-cutting engineering biology technologies or services

The NEBP themes are:

  • food systems
  • clean growth
  • environmental solutions
  • biomedicine

Innovate UK is not funding projects that are:

  • fundamental research or feasibility studies
  • focussed on a product that is already on the market
  • conducted to anything less than the highest standards of animal welfare
  • clinical trials or preclinical evaluation of therapeutics
  • not focussed on the competition themes

Eligibility

Your project must:

  • have a grant funding request between £70,000 and £350,000
  • start on 1 February 2024
  • end by 31 January 2025
  • last between 6 and 12 months
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

Funding 

Up to £6.7 million has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.

If your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically but for this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.

For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 25% if you are a large organisation

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