CLOSED Funding Opportunity: Circular Bioeconomy, BBSRC

A new Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funding call has now fully launched, and is accepting applications. The call is entitled: Towards a circular bioeconomy for technology-relevant metals and textiles. 

BBSRC invite applications that apply biotechnological solutions to offer circularity and environmental impact reduction in one of two key areas:

  • technology-relevant metal recovery
  • textile manufacturing and recycling 

This opportunity aims to:

  • effectively reuse resources, thus reducing the need for new fossil-based inputs and reducing waste
  • reduce the environmental footprint of processes through switching to biotechnology-based alternatives
  • build in the recovery of materials at end of life, thereby facilitating remediation and minimising environmental impacts
  • converge and grow a community of UK researchers and businesses providing biotechnological solutions to the circular bioeconomy
  • improve understanding of the capabilities and limitations for translation and scale-up of the biotechnology-based approaches proposed.

The application closing date is 21 July 16:00

The full economic cost of projects can be up to £375,000. BBSRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Projects can last up to 24 months and must start by 1 February 2023.

Further information and how to apply can be found on the UKRI Funding finder here:

Towards a circular bioeconomy for technology-relevant metals and textiles – UKRI

BBSRCare holding two community webinars on Wednesday 8 June 2022 10:00 and Monday 13 June 2022 14:00 – registration for these can be found on the funding call page (how to apply section).

Any queries should be directed to: