UK organisations can apply for a share of £8 million to work with Indian partners on biotechnology solutions for industrial waste challenges in India.
Programme: Newton Bhabha Fund
Award: Up to £2m
Opens: 5th Jun 2017
Closes: 18th Oct 2017
The aim of this competition is to encourage partnerships between the UK and India. Innovate UK, the Research Councils and the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) are funding this competition as part of the Newton Bhabha Fund.
Projects should address reducing industrial waste and pollution, and improve value recovery from waste using biotechnology in one or more of these 5 sectors:
These industrial sectors have been selected as a competition focus because their processes have a negative impact on India’s environment and ecology (particularly India’s water resources). However, these sectors contribute greatly to India’s economy. They also employ a significant percentage of India’s population, including people who are economically weaker and marginalised.
Each sector has a specific challenge, these are:
Challenge 1: leather/tanning/textiles
The chemical processes used in the leather, tanning and textiles industries result in waste water that, unless adequately treated, will have a negative impact on local ecology, health and agricultural production.
There is an opportunity to show how waste water and other waste treatment can be improved by applying innovative biotechnology-driven processes.
This challenge is particularly interested in biotechnological solutions that:
Challenge 2: municipal solid waste
Applicants are invited to put forward commercially viable and scalable innovations to meet India’s significant waste management challenges. Proposals should include:
Challenge 3: paper and pulp
Pulping and paper-making generates waste. Waste management and treatment across the industry varies. There is a need for more efficient water treatment and biological techniques and better use of integrated technologies (bio and physicochemical treatment).
This challenge is particularly interested in biotechnological solutions that focus on reducing or removing lignocellulosic biomass, heavy metal ions bleaching agents and sulphites from waste water.
Challenge 4: sewage
An important challenge for India is to provide reliable, sustainable, affordable sewage treatment plants at an appropriate scale to treat waste water and reuse treated water, resources or nutrients.
This challenge is particularly interested in biotechnological solutions that focus on processing sewage to:
Challenge 5: sugar cane
Sugar cane processing generates:
This challenge is particularly interested in biotechnological solutions that focus on reducing or removing lignocellulosic biomass from waste water and its recovery for use in manufacturing high-value products.
To apply to this Newton Fund call, your project consortium must include, as a minimum:
The project must show how it meets the scope of this competition, including:
The project consortium must be led by:
Funding and project details
In the UK, the proportion of total eligible project costs is dependent on the type of applicant:
In India, DBT will:
Projects must focus on industrial research. Work packages that include elements of experimental development will be considered within projects that predominantly target industrial research.
For industrial research, you could get:
For experimental development work packages, you could get:
Projects are expected to last between 30 months and 3 years.
The total project grant will not exceed £2 million per project in the UK.