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IBTI Club: Apply for funding

Call status: Closed


  • All applications must focus on enhancing the value of Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGS)
  • The objectives of the proposed research must fit with the scientific challenges detailed in this document and the science proposed must fall within the remit of BBSRC and EPSRC
  • Outline proposals must be submitted in the first instance
  • The emphasis is on integration across the value chain. Applications are encouraged from cross-disciplinary consortia
  • It is expected that only one or two relatively large grants from cross-disciplinary consortia that take an integrated approach to the transforming/processing/refining of DDGS are expected to be funded


UK Higher Education Institutions, Independent Research Organisations and institutes of BBSRC are eligible to apply.

How to apply

  • There is a 2-stage application process
  • Outline applications will be submitted through Je-S
  • The call for applications is now closed

Successful applicants will be invited to write a full application in September 2011 for submission by November 2011 (dates to be confirmed). Impact statements will be required for grant applications that are selected for the second stage, full grant applications, and should be formulated to meet the needs of biorefinery processes.


Outline applications will be assessed by the IBTI Club Steering Group and will not be externally reviewed. Full applications will be externally peer reviewed prior to final assessment by the IBTI Club Steering Group. The decision to fund full applications will be announced in May 2010. Further details on assessment are as follows:

  • The criteria of scientific excellence and strategic relevance are given equal weight in the assessment of proposals and applications must pass on both criteria to be considered fundable
  • The Steering Group consists of 7 academic members (nominated by BBSRC and EPSRC) and 7 industrial representatives (chosen by the industrial Club members)
  • For assessments conducted by the Steering Group, each full proposal has two Introducing Members (IMs). One IM is from academia and the other is from industry
  • The procedure for dealing with conflicts of interest (e.g. where a Steering Group member has pre-existing links to an applicant) is the same as for other BBSRC Research Committees. Conflicted individuals leave the room while the proposal is being discussed
  • Outline and full proposals may be circulated to company members of the IBTI Club that are not represented on the Steering Group to seek their views. Any comments provided by company members will be taken into account by the Steering Group when the proposal is assessed

Assessment criteria

The primary criteria for assessment are the quality of science proposed and the strategic relevance to the IBTI Club. It is expected that any proposal that goes on to be funded through the Club will be competitive against comparable international work and will demonstrate alignment with the Club’s aims. Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Scientific excellence
    The extent to which the proposal meets the highest international standards of current research in its field.  High performance against this factor will indicate a project of the highest standard, competitive with the best activity anywhere in the world, demonstrating originality and innovative potential.
  • Strategic relevance to the IBTI Club
    Demonstrated alignment with science themes and priority topics, relevance to the biorefining industrial sector, and balance of overall Club research portfolio.
  • Economic and social impact
    The extent to which the output of the research will contribute knowledge that shows direct potential for economic return or societal benefits to the UK.
  • Timeliness and promise
    The extent to which the proposal is particularly appropriate at the present time, or offers longer-term benefits over and above the direct value of the research.
  • Cost effectiveness
    The extent to which the resources requested, relative to the anticipated scientific gains, represent an attractive investment of BBSRC funds.
  • Staff training potential of the project
    Where resources are requested for postdoctoral or other research staff, please comment on the extent to which the proposed project will provide research training and development opportunities of benefit both to the individual(s) employed, and to the wider science base beyond the completion of the specific project.

Special conditions of funding

Recognising the financial support for the programme from industrial members of the Club, it should be noted that special conditions will be attached to any research grants from the IBTI Club. A letter from the institution’s technology transfer office or equivalent, acknowledging that the institution is able to accept those conditions relating to IP, will be requested at the full application stage. The conditions are as follows:

Early access

Commercial parties are entitled to early access to results from research funded by the Club. To ensure this grant holders must:

  • Give at least 28 days notice of an intention to publish, outside of the Club, results from research funded by a Club grant. The material for proposed publication should be submitted to the Industrial Liason Coordinator along with the notice of intent to publish. The Coordinator will distribute a copy of the same to each of the Commercial Parties who shall have 14 days from receipt of such copy to inform the Coordinator if in their view the proposed publication may:
    1. Dilute or prejudice the value of proprietary information of a Commercial Party
    2. Jeopardise the application for Resulting IPR protection
    3. Otherwise inhibit future exploitation of the results and whether a Commercial Party has an interest in exploiting those results
  • Produce annual progress reports. A form will be available on the IBTI Club website for Grant Holder to complete and Grant Holder will be notified in advance when the final report will be due
  • Attend and present the results and progress of Club funded research at 6-monthly Club Dissemination Events. Grant holder will be notified of the dates and format of their presentation
  • Give advance notification of any opportunities to exploit intellectual property arising from their grant to the Commercial Parties

Access to resulting IPR

Commercial Parties are entitled, if they wish, to engage in good faith negotiations with the Research Organisation for terms of access to the Resulting IPR to allow further development or commercial exploitation of results, such access rights preferably to include the right to sublicense. This must be offered before access to Resulting IPR can be offered to third parties outside the Club. An interested Commercial Party can exercise its option right by giving notice to the Grant Holder within one month of the date of receipt of notice of Results or Resulting IPR.

Good faith negotiations

Good faith negotiations would imply a willingness to reach agreement with Commercial Parties on the terms and conditions of a commercial licence, to desist from publishing the Results or making offers to third parties while negotiation with Commercial Parties are ongoing and, if such agreement is not reached within a reasonable period (for example four months from the exercise of the option) that the Research Organisation would not seek to enter into negotiations with third parties on terms substantially more favourable to such third parties.

External contact

Professor Christopher Knowles, IBTI Club Academic Coordinator