Details of our Proof of Concept (POC) projects, Business Interaction Vouchers (BIV) and associated press can be found below.

POC 2020 Call – Funded Projects

  • Enhancing PFASs Attenuation in Coastal brownfield Soils (EPACS): enhancing natural system attenuation capacity for a key emerging contaminantProfessor Andy Cundy, University of Southampton
  • Bio-engineering of biochar for enhanced remediation of contaminated landDr Tony Gutierrez, Heriot Watt University
  • Fibre Highways: translocation of the microbiome for pollutant bioremediationDr Angie Sherry, Northumbria University
  • Development of a monooxygenase gene-based assay to characterise 1,4-dioxane bioremediation potentialDr Simon Gregory, British Geological Survey
  • In Situ Monitoring of Wastewater Treatment Plant Microbial Communities for Better Treatment ManagementDr Russell Davenport, Newcastle University

Publicly available summaries for all awarded POC projects are available here.

BIV 2020 Call – Funded Projects

The following projects have been awarded funding in our EB Network BIV2020 Call.

  • Determination of microbial communities of laboratory anaerobic digestion tanks and impact of the CreChar additive on the microbial community dynamicsProf James Chong, University of York/Dr Adam Ostrowski, Carbogenics Ltd
  • Understanding anaerobic biodegrability of organic menstrual care products: technical feasibility and sector receptivityDr Yadira Bajon Fernandez, Cranfield University/Kimberley Dobney, Turn and Flow
  • Meeting the nutrient neutrality challenge using newly developed biological technologyDr Yonqiang Liu, University of Southampton/Adam White, Plantwork Systems Ltd

Publicly available information for all awarded BIV projects are available here.

EBNet projects in the press…


Scientists examine whether microbes can clean up contaminated land“, Aberdeen Evening Express, 15 Jan 21 [Dr Tony Gutierrez, Heriot Watt University] . Further articles in The Scottish Farmer (21/01/21), The Courier (15/01/21), The Herald (15/01/21) and STV News (15/01/21). Also, see the Heriot-Watt website.

EBNet grant success for Fibre Highways: translocation of the microbiome for pollutant bioremediation” and “Fibre highways for microbial travel” Biotechnology in the Built Environment website, 22/10/20.

British Geological Survey partner with Arcadis in research programme to support brownfield development“, BGS website press release, 15/10/20.


Viewing menstrual waste as a resource, Turn and Flow blog with Dr Yadira Bajon Fernandez, Cranfield University.