Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture: feasibility study

Apply for a share of up to £2M to develop and improve sustainable biomanufacturing in the UK. Interested? Then get in touch to find out more!


Competition closes: 01 February 2023, 11am

Applicants notified: 27 March 2023

Project start date & duration: by 01 July 2023; between 3-6 months


The aim of this competition is to develop the design and delivery of new and disruptive sustainable biomanufacturing by 2050. Proposals must support organisations in biomanufacturing to be: net zero and resource efficient; resilient and responsive; technologically advanced and digital. Projects must address the challenge of developing innovations in sustainable biomanufacturing processes. This can be by:

  • increasing the use of bio-based feedstocks
  • developing alternative bio-based chemical replacements
  • enhancing the sustainability profile of biotechnology processes
  • innovative use and re-use of renewable feedstocks
  • biotechnology based manufacture processes for sustainable and circular products

Specific Themes

  • improving extraction of existing bio-based feedstocks and optimising these processes
  • using biological systems for developing alternatives to traditional manufacturing processes including processing and catalysis for sustainability
  • the design and development of future advanced bio-products with improved/differentiated properties
  • the discovery of novel or optimisation of enzymes to whole organisms for biomanufacturing
  • securing value from waste streams
  • improving manufacturability and consistency at scale and progressing the development and adoption of biotechnology across multiple manufacturing industries and sectors

Projects that will not be funded

  • focused on enabling areas such as energy, regulations and policy, skills and relations
  • focused on value models
  • biopharmaceutical recombinant proteins for diagnosis or therapeutics, including protein, or nucleic acid-based vaccines or antimicrobials
  • microbiomes towards human health therapeutics
  • sustainable aviation fuel
  • alternate protein sources for example, food and beverage
  • carbon capture and storage technology, (the use of captured carbon as a feedstock is in scope)


  • Subsidy Control and EC State Aid funding rules apply.
  • Project must be led by a UK registered organisation.
  • Collaborators must be UK based organisations and include at least one business.
  • R&D work must be carried out in the UK and project results exploited from UK.
  • Subcontractors are allowed, preferably UK-based, with appropriate and justified costs, up to 20%.

Funding Rates

  • Total eligible project costs between £50,000 and £100,000 (£2M pot).
  • For feasibility studies projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
    • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
    • up to 60% if you are a medium sized organisation
    • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

How PNO can support you

The UK team has a strong track record in securing some of the most competitive national and European grants on behalf of its clients, with a full understanding of how a project should be presented to stand the highest chance of success. Each year in the UK alone, we are responsible for the submission of more than 100 funding applications across all sectors and priority areas. Based on this extensive experience, through careful project selection and using key insight into how a project should be best positioned, we consistently achieve success rates that are more than 5 times the typical success rates for UK and EU schemes.

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