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Call for Innovation and Knowledge Centre in Synthetic Biology

2 November 2012

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) are jointly inviting expressions of interest to establish an Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) in Synthetic Biology.

Synthetic biology is still at an early stage of development, but its potential is widely considered to be very high. It is a platform and translational technology linking a broad range of foundational science with an extensive range of possible applications.

Led by academic institutions, IKCs are intended to accelerate the commercialisation of world class science and emerging technologies into new products, processes or services. Designed to foster collaboration and deliver competitive advantage to the businesses with whom they interact, IKCs possess expert knowledge and understanding of core science and technologies.

The UK Roadmap for Synthetic Biology ( www.innovateuk.org/_assets/tsb_syntheticbiologyroadmap.pdf) recommended that an IKC be established in synthetic biology to provide the important function of academic / business integration. This call will provide up to £10M of funding over an initial 5 years to help commercialise synthetic biology technologies in a responsible way.

Closing date for expressions of interest is 20 December 2012.

For more details on the call see: www.epsrc.ac.uk/files/funding/calls/2012/call-for-expressions-of-interest-for-an-innovation-and-knowledge-centre-ikc-in-synthetic-biology/

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