Environmental Biotechnology Network

Welcome to EBNet

The Environmental Biotechnology Network (EBNet) is one of 6 Phase II Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy funded primarily by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) with additional funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and builds on the successful Anaerobic Digestion Network, one of 13 Phase I NIBB.

Our community of academics and industry are dedicated to engineering microbial systems for environmental protection, bioremediation and resource recovery. These include, for example, microbes in anaerobic digestion, waste water treatment and those that bio-degrade plastics, oil or other emerging pollutants. Our remit includes terrestrial environmental biotechnology (EB), aquatic EB, organic resources and life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) approaches to EB. Click on the video below to find out more about what we do.

If you have an interest in these environmental biotechnologies which are or potentially could be deployed at scale, our Network is free-to-join. Find our most important activities on the “Don’t Miss” panel on the left of this page, on our Twitter feed on the right of the page or in the relevant menus above.


  • facilitate partnerships, networking opportunities and knowledge transfer between academia and industry
  • provide Business Interaction Voucher (BIV) funding of ¬£5,000-¬£20,000 for projects up to 6 months’ duration
  • provide Proof of Concept (PoC) funding up to ¬£100,000 for projects up to 12 months’ duration
  • support the ‘next generation’ of researchers with funding and opportunities for training, travel and practical experience in academia and industry
  • provide funding and support for working groups to carry out activities related to a specific area of environmental biotechnology.