Proof of Concept funds

Proof of Concept funds

BBNet’s PoC funding is associated with sandpit workshops that will be focussed on priority strategic areas identified by the Network. At the workshops, multi-disciplinary teams will come up with new innovative ideas for tackling the selected priority areas. Some of these ideas will be chosen by the BBNet Management Board to be developed into full proposals for up to £50K of POC funding.

The sandpit workshops are free to attend (travel not included)

Current funding

POC sandpit workshop

13 September 2019

First BBNet sandpit workshop:  “Bio-based Material: Challenges and Opportunities

We are pleased to announce that the first BBNet sandpit workshop will be held from 9th to 10th October 2019 at the Park Inn by Radisson York City Centre, North Street, York, UK.

This is 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 to submit full proposals for proof of concept funding (up to £50K per project).

This sandpit workshop will focus on the development of sustainable bio-based materials derived from waste biomass, other bio-based residues and non-food biomass. Concerns over climate change and broader areas of sustainability are making fossil-derived products less attractive. The petrochemicals sector currently provides most of the fuels, chemicals and materials used in our society. Despite their clear economic and practical benefits, such products carry a high price in terms of net greenhouse gas emission and environmental degradation. We are particularly interested in the development of more sustainable plastics, fibres and textiles, which have greater environmental sustainability compared to current equivalents. Environmental sustainability, involves consideration of the whole life cycle of materials from production to end-of-life.  End of life is an important consideration, especially for plastics and other materials, which are known to cause environmental problems. Therefore, reusability, recycling and biodegradability of the materials are important considerations for this call.

Attendance and accommodation at this workshop is free of charge. Attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses. There is a limited number of places available for this workshop, and your place will be confirmed a week after the registration deadline. You must be a member of BBNet to attend.

When: 9-10 October 2019

Where: Park Inn by Radisson York City Centre, North Street, York (

Deadline for registration: 13th September 2019

Registration is now open!

To register: Download and complete the Application Form (see link below) and send it, together with a short CV (no more than 2-pages) to the Network Manager: Please name files as:

-App-Form-Sandpit-Workshop Oct2019_”your name”

-CV “your name”

Find more information about the sandpit workshop/POC in the BBNet POC Operational Guidelines (see link below).

Note: As research ideas will be openly discussed at this sandpit workshop, you will need to sign a CDA before attending this event (BBNet will provide you with this document).

Relevant reports for this call are: -“UK Top Bio-based Chemicals Opportunities” and “Plastics in the Bioeconomy”

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