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UK Biofilms Programme

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 7 November 2016 - 24 May 2017


BBSRC and Innovate UK would like to announce the launch of the second phase of the UK Biofilms Programme to establish a Biofilms Innovation Knowledge Centre (IKC). An investment of approximately £12.5M will be provided to establish the IKC alongside an in-kind contribution of up to £1M worth of access, over five years to the High Performance Computing facilities within the Hartree Centre at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory.

Launch event and workshop

A workshop and event to launch the call took place on 11 November 2016. A copy of the slides presented on the day can now be found on the event webpage (see related links).


Following the launch event on 11 November 2016, we will be running a webinar on 9 December 2016, 12.30pm – 1.30pm as another opportunity to learn more about the competition, discover the support available to you as you prepare your bids and the chance to submit any questions to the programme’s funders.

Registration is now closed.

Extranet discussion boards

To facilitate discussion between potential collaborators, we have set up a secure discussion forum for potential applicants to discuss the call. We will answer questions posted onto the discussion forum and/or offer clarity on a particular subject. We can also set up private, invite only discussion rooms which can be used for the purpose of forming your bids and sharing confidential information.

If you would like access to this discussion forum please email your interest to the biofilms inbox:


Together with Innovate UK we are developing a programme which aims to foster and support the UK research base and industry in taking a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to the exploitation and advancement of biofilm science and technology.

The programme will consist of a number of different funding opportunities which will support work across the translation chain and nucleate a multidisciplinary, multisectoral community.

In December 2014 we held a strategic biofilms workshop to:

  • understand how the challenges and opportunities relate to precompetitive and business growth
  • obtain further commitment from industry

The workshop built on the premise that biofilms create major challenges and opportunities for businesses operating across a myriad of industries, but that understanding and manipulating them remains very challenging.

In the past decade there have been significant advances in underpinning bioscience research that can now be built upon, harnessed and applied to the multidisciplinary opportunities and challenges of biofilms. This duality presents the UK research base and industry with an exciting and timely chance for scientific, economic, societal and commercial reward

Scientific objectives

The UK Biofilms Programme will support businesses and academia in the exploitation and advancement of biofilm science and technology. The initial areas the programme is likely to focus on are as follows:

  • Development of biofilm management technologies
  • Understanding biofilms through rapid, functional characterisation

Full details can be found in the biofilms strategic opportunity (see downloads).

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

Submit your application through the Research Councils' Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system by 4pm on 8 February 2017.

Further information can be found in the call text and guidance document below.

Application downloads (for reference only)

UK Biofilms Programme: Call text and guidelines (PDF 278KB)

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UK Biofilms Programme: Frequently asked questions (PDF 131KB)

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Equality impact assessment

As part of the Biofilms programme we are required to analyse our activities using an Equality Impact Assessment table. RCUK Action Plan for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (PDF) sets out the commitment to ensure that we examine, identify and remove the impact of unintentional bias and barriers to participation in our funding processes and decision making activities.

UK Biofilms Programme: Equality impact assessment (PDF 68KB)

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Outcomes from the 2015 competition

  • BBSRC and Innovate UK supported 21 industry-led feasibility R&D projects
  • BBSRC funding specifically supported 11 projects with a total BBSRC spend of £385,214

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