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Joint Synthetic Biology Initiative


  • MRC
  • DSTL

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JSBI is to fund a cohort of innovative proof-of-concept and/or preliminary speculative scientific investigations that seek to explore the potential applicability of synthetic biology to meeting the UK's current and future national security and defence needs.

Key aims

May include, but is not limited to, research that:

  • Can underpin novel sensors, detectors and diagnostic approaches, including in field devices
  • Development of new materials and methods for decontamination and trauma care, including wound management and healing
  • Smart materials and coatings, especially those that can reduce the weight of equipment
  • Improvements to bioprocess or metabolic engineering for the production of biologics or small molecules to be used in such technologies


Ceri Lyn-Adams

tel: 01793 413206