Environmental Biotechnology Network

Proof of Concept (PoC) Awards

Next available funding – the 2nd PoC Call 2021

2nd Call opens: Monday, 1 March 2021
2nd Call closes: Thursday, 29 April 2021 midnight
Results notified: tbc

General Information

Downloads: POC guidance and application form.

Proof of Concept (PoC) funding is designed to encourage and support cross- and multi-disciplinary projects at technology readiness levels 1 to 4. Individual PoC projects should last no longer than 12 months and act as a springboard for future further research. Industry partners are not required, but industry support is welcome, where it adds value to the project.

The total funding available (over 5 year duration of Network to 2024) is £750K. Three funding strands are available: Desk-based study (max. £25K*); Single discipline (max. £50K*); Cross-disciplinary (max. £100K*). If you would like to know whether your proposed bid or activity falls within EBNet’s remit, further details on our themes can be found here.

*Note that the funding provided by EBNet will be £20K, £40K and £80K respectively, as these awards are at 80% FEC.

Important Supplementary Information for the 2nd Call

We recommend applicants familiarise themselves with the list of projects which have already received support here, as topics which have already attracted substantial funding are likely to be regarded by the Assessment Panel as already adequately represented. For example – projects related to soil remediation &/or biochar have already been well supported; conversely, no desk-based studies were funded in the previous call.

The EBNet 2nd PoC Call aims to support a diverse range of EB research projects. This open call continues to offer 3 strands of available funding – up to £25K for desk-based study, up to £50K for single-discipline and up to £100K for cross-disciplinary research.

EBNet would particularly welcome applications on the following topics. Amongst topics identified are those projects including elements of:
• Process modelling, techno-economic analysis, LCA/LCSA
• Ambitious cross-disciplinary projects, particularly those including elements of Social/Behavioural Sciences
• Innovative bio-sensors across the EBNet remit.

To be clear, all projects within the broader EBNet remit will be considered in this open call. Where aspects of your project might reasonably be considered to fall under the remit of a sister-NIBB, the core alignment to EBNet should be made apparent to reviewers. For help and advice on any questions of process or remit, do contact the Network Managers to discuss your project well in advance of application.

Multiple Applications.

Applicants are welcome to be a named PI (once) and Co-I (once) in up to 2 (max.) applications in the 2nd Call. Whilst we appreciate that active research groups may have interests in multiple topic areas, and might collaborate or advise in some capacity in several bids, we request that specific named researchers restrict themselves to being a named PI/Co-I in a maximum of 2 bids per call. Contact the Network Managers in advance with queries.

Previous Calls

Our first PoC call opened on 2 March 2020, with a closing date of 24 April 2020, which was extended to 15 May 2020 due to Covid-related delays. Thirty three bids were submitted. Five projects were awarded in August 2020. Further details on previously awarded PoC and BIV projects can be found in the Outcomes section of this website.