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The aim of the Proof of Concept (PoC) scheme is to encourage and support those next steps in collaboration between academic partners and industrial partners within the BBSRC NIBB Networks, particularly after a relationship has been initiated through the Business Interaction Voucher (BIV) Scheme. Although not essential, we would recommend involving a relevant industry partner in PoC applications as we would encourage projects that support the transition of research, technologies and processes along the Technology Readiness Level scale 1-4.

It is expected that the funds will help resource small, proof of concept as well as small scale “scouting” projects, between academic and industrial based partners with the view that they will deliver more significant future outcomes – for example:

  • a more detailed/ formed concept for the next stage of technology development & transfer
  • demonstration that a concept works within an industrially relevant setting

These funds will be awarded through a number of “Proof of Concept” calls which will be announced at various times during the lifetime of the Network. For more details on the scheme, eligibility and criteria please see the guidelines below.  It is likely that each call will have specific themes or challenges and focus points so please check back here on a regular basis, especially when there is a call open to see the latest themes and focus areas.

The third call – Biorefining Marine Biomass – is now CLOSED.

Applicants who are successful in the EOI stage will be invited to submit a more detailed application with a closing date of the 26th November 2021.