We will work with BioPilots UK to get lab-based work in shape for scale up, and to allow initial pilot-scale trials of promising work developed at lab scale. We will call for proposals to take research within our remit from labscale up to TRL 4, by funding teams to work with BioPilots UK centres to get it in a position for pilot scale trials and allow initial piloting tests to prepare the work for larger scale trials. We see these projects as offering an important gateway to move from discovery to innovation, and anticipate that the fund will allow a better techno-economic assessment of potential of the work to generate value and impact.
Proposals will need to be developed in consultation with BioPilots UK to be eligible for funding.
More information will follow soon.