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Innovate UK/ BBSRC/ EPSRC/ Newton Bhabha UK-India Industrial Waste Challenge 2017 (registration deadline: 11th October 2017; application deadline: 11th October 2017)

Innovate UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are investing up to £8 million in projects that use cutting-edge solutions to reduce industrial waste in India, as part of the Newton Bhabha Fund.



Innovate UK

Newton-Bhabha Fund

Department of Biotechnology - India

The aim of this competition is to encourage partnerships between the UK and India. Projects should address reducing industrial waste and pollution, and improve value recovery from waste using biotechnology in one or more of these 5 sectors:

  • leather/tanning/textiles
  • municipal solid waste
  • paper and pulp
  • sewage
  • sugar cane.

Projects must include one UK business and one UK higher education institution or research council institute eligible for BBSRC/EPSRC funding. You also need to partner with one Indian academic institution or research organisation. Preference will be given to project consortia that also include an Indian business partner or an Indian urban or other local government body, who would be the end user of the proposed solution. Additional UK and Indian businesses, research and academic partners are allowed. Either a business or a research organisation (including but not limited to UK higher education institutions or research council institutes) can lead the project in the UK. Only Indian academic institutions or research organisations can lead the project in India.

The total project grant will not exceed £2 million per project for UK partners. Match funding will be made available for Indian project partners by the Government of India. Projects should last between 30 months and three years

For more information and how to apply please visit: GOV.UK: Newton Bhabha UK–India industrial waste challenge 2017.

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