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TSB, BBSRC and other partners launch Nutrition for Life competition

8 March 2011

The Technology Strategy Board, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) are to invest up to £6.25M to stimulate innovation in the food and drink sector.

The investment is intended to encourage the development of innovative processes and technologies with an emphasis on providing "healthy" and "safe" food and drink, and will support both feasibility studies and collaborative research & development projects.

Providing safe, healthy and nutritious food is key to ensuring global food security, enabling all people to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

Applications to the Nutrition for Life funding competition should propose to conceive and develop innovative and challenging technologies and processes that seek to underpin advances in two key areas - novel, healthier foods & processes and safety, authenticity & traceability

All proposals must be led by a business. The initiative is open to all UK-based companies and research organisations, through business-to-business or business-to-science collaborations, or in the case of feasibility projects led by a single business.

The feasibility funding is a single-stage competition that will open on 9 May 2011 and close on 29 June 2011. Collaborative R&D is a two-stage competition opening on 9 May 2011. Expressions of interest must be submitted by 15 June 2011. The second stage, for invited applications, will open on 11 July 2011 and close on 17 August 2011.


Notes to editors

The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led government body which works to create economic growth by ensuring that the UK is a global leader in innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit:

The Technology Strategy Board will invest up to the £4.5M in the projects. BBSRC will invest up to £750,000, MRC up to £500,000 and EPSRC up to £500,000.

The funding partners also contribute to the Global Food Security programme - a multi-partner programme that brings together the food security-related research interests of research councils, government departments and executive agencies to meet the challenge of supplying enough safe, nutritious and affordable food in a sustainable way for a growing global population.

Companies and other organisations seeking further information about Technology Strategy Board funding opportunities should visit the competitions page of the Technology Strategy Board website, email, or phone the competitions helpline on 0300 321 4357.

Media enquiries only should be addressed to the Technology Strategy Board's media relations consultant or manager: Nick Sheppard, Media Relations Consultant - Mobile: 07824 599644, Email: or Claire Cunningham, Media Relations Manager - Tel: 01793 442901, Mobile: 07554 115745 Email:


BBSRC is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £470M in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in the UK and beyond and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders, including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

BBSRC provides institute strategic research grants to the following:

  • The Babraham Institute
  • Institute for Animal Health
  • Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (Aberystwyth University)
  • Institute of Food Research
  • John Innes Centre
  • The Genome Analysis Centre
  • The Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh)
  • Rothamsted Research

The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.