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UK Biofilms Programme

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


As part of the second phase of the UK Biofilms Programme, BBSRC and Innovate UK have now awarded a five year investment of £12.5 million to establish an Innovation Knowledge Centre (IKC). This will include an in-kind contribution of up to £1 million worth of access to the High Performance Computing facilities within the Hartree Centre at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory.

National Biofilms Innovation Centre launch event

BBSRC and Innovate UK would like to offer you the opportunity to join us for the launch of the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC).

The launch event will take place in London on 28 November 2017, 16:00-21:30. Alongside the launch of the NBIC, there will be an opportunity for delegates to network with key stakeholders within the wider biofilms community and get an insight into progress made to date by projects co-funded by BBSRC and Innovate UK as part of the first phase of the UK Biofilms Programme.

To register your interest to attend the event, visit: Key Survey: National Biofilms Innovation Centre Launch Event (read our Terms of use: Key Survey).

Please be aware that we have a limited number of spaces at the event.


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.

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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UK Biofilms Programme

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