New strategic approaches to industrial biotechnology


Industrial Biotechnology (IB) is a set of cross-disciplinary technologies that use biological resources for producing and processing materials and chemicals for non-food applications. These resources can be derived from the tissues, enzymes and genes of plants, algae, marine life, fungi and micro-organisms. BBSRC has identified IB in its Strategic Plan as a high level strategic priority area for the next five years as a way of helping to reduce dependency on petrochemicals and helping the UK to become a low carbon economy, so contributing to the targets for reducing emission of green-house gases. Initial analysis of BBSRC's research and training portfolio suggests a need to build capacity and capability to undertake basic and strategic research in IB in the future (see news in related links).


BBSRC aims to support the development of new sustainable approaches to the generation of materials and chemicals and their incorporation into manufacturing, using renewable resources rather than fossil hydrocarbon sources and utilising biological processes. In order for this to be realised in the future, BBSRC will need to contribute to the following:

Research grant proposals

UK industry requires more basic and strategic research to underpin the development of innovative manufacturing routes to prepare high-value chemicals, industrial chemicals or platform chemicals from renewable feedstocks. Research grant proposals should therefore address the following areas: