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Industrial Biotechnology (IB) Catalyst call

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 8 January 2015 – 2 December 2015

Round 5

The Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst programme, funded by Innovate UK, BBSRC and EPSRC, has been temporarily postponed awaiting the outcome of the comprehensive spending review.

Industrial biotechnology remains a priority for the three funders who continue to support it through other channels. Once the funders have confirmed budgets beyond 2015/16 we will agree how to take the IB Catalyst programme forward.


  • Innovate UK

Funding total

Together with EPSRC and Innovate UK, to date we have committed £58M in 2015-16.

Number of projects funded

16 projects sharing £17M. See news item: £17M announced to support industrial biotechnology


R&D to address one or more of the major challenges using biological processes, or processes in which biological and chemical approaches are used in combination to support:

  • research and development for the processing and production of materials, chemicals (including pharmaceutical precursors and biopharmaceuticals) and bioenergy
  • development and commercialisation of innovative IB processes to manufacture a wide range of existing and new products through collaborative and non-collaborative research grants

Key aims

Projects should address one or more of the following challenges using biological processes, or processes in which biological and chemical approaches are used in combination:

  • Production of fine and speciality chemicals and natural products (e.g. fragrances, flavours, pharmaceutical intermediates)
  • Production of commodity, platform and intermediate chemicals and materials (e.g. plastics, resins, silks)
  • Production of liquid and gaseous biofuels
  • Production of peptides and proteins (e.g. enzymes, antibiotics, recombinant biologics)
  • Novel or improved upstream or downstream processes to reduce costs or improve efficiency in industrial biotechnology applications

Related calls: collaboration commercialisation industry industrial biotechnology research technologies