Biomass Biorefinery Network, a Phase II BBSRC NIBB

Welcome to the Biomass Biorefinery Network (BBNet), a phase II BBSRC NIBB. BBNet will build upon the success of three BBSRC Phase I Networks: the Food Waste Network (FoodWasteNet), the Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network (LBNet) and Plants to Products Network (P2P). BBNet will serve as a focal point to build and sustain a dynamic community of industrial and academic practitioners working together to develop new processes for the conversion of non-food biomass into sustainable fuels, chemicals and materials. BBNet will provide research funding and will organise events. Membership of the BBNet is free and open to all. If you would like to join BBNet, please register now!


Funding Opportunities

Proof of Concept (PoC) funds; Business Interaction Vouchers (BIV); BioPilots UK funding; New investigators POC funds; Consortium Building Funds; Developing International Opportunities

Our Funding

Our Events

Sandpit Workshops leading to POC funds; Early Stage Career Workshops; Subject-Specific Workshops; Annual International Meetings

Our Events

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This is a Phase II NIBB which amalgamates the Phase I NIBBs: LBNet, P2P and FoodWasteNet.

These networks have built strong research communities and resources covering many aspects of biomass biorefining. BBNet brings these communities together in a single network to build a cohesive and dynamic community that draws on the respective strengths and experiences developed during Phase I.

The latest news from the Biomass Biorefinery Network

Published on 09/08/19

1st BBNet sandpit workshop, leading to £50K for POC . Registration is now open!

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Published on 05/05/19

LBNet/BBNet report: “Plastics in the Bioeconomy” is now available

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Published on 08/11/18

BBNet BIV 1st Round of Funding. Application deadline 20th September 2019

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Published on 31/05/18

Highlights from the “UK Top Bio-based Chemicals Opportunities” report

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Published on 22/05/18

The LBNet “UK Top Bio-based Chemicals Opportunities” full report available here!

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Upcoming Event

POC sandpit workshop leading to £50K

9–10 October 2019, Park Inn by Radisson, York, North Street York

First BBNet sandpit workshop:  “Bio-based Material:  Challenges and Opportunities” We are holding a two-day sandpit workshop to bring together individuals from academia and industry to form teams to develop  new research ideas for the production of sustainable bio-based materials. These ideas will subsequently be put forward to the BBNet Management Board, to be considered for invitation […]

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Funding to kick-start innovation in the sector

Creating economic value by developing novel chemicals, materials and bio-fuels.


In "Business Interaction Vouchers" to encourage initial collaborations between industry and academia


In project initiation funding to help identify and scope commercial and scientific challenges

Funds Awarded

From the Industrial Catalyst Seeding fund to support proof of concept projects