Area of investment and support

Area of investment and support: Bioenergy – replacement fuels for a greener, sustainable future

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s (BBSRC) interests are focused on supporting research projects that will deliver greenhouse gas emission savings through the biologic production of sustainable, advanced biofuels and other low carbon fuels.

Budget:
BBSRC’s standard research grant provides up to £2 million for projects in this priority area.
Duration:
The standard research grant is an ongoing scheme. Projects can last up to five years.
Partners involved:
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Imperial College

The scope and what we're doing

BBSRC’s interests are focused on supporting research projects that will deliver greenhouse gas savings through the biologic production of sustainable, advanced biofuels and other low carbon fuels. Feedstocks could include:

  • algae
  • crop and forestry residues
  • food and municipal waste
  • animal wastes
  • perennial biomass
  • carbon gases.

Why we're doing it

Bioenergy is a renewable form of energy generated from materials derived from biological sources. Bioenergy is recognised as having an important role in helping the UK to achieve its ambitious target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, as set out in the Climate Change Act (2008), potentially delivering 8% to 21% of UK energy needs.

As a core component of the bioeconomy, the deployment of bioenergy within the UK and the application of UK expertise globally has the potential to lead to job creation, economic growth, and enhance energy security.

BBSRC wishes to encourage research applications that enhance:

  • the production of sustainable, drop-in, advanced biofuels – for aviation and shipping in particular
  • the development of the biorefinery concept
  • the development of biomass supply – enhancing the utilisation of wastes and residues, development of dedicated or multipurpose biomass crops.

Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged, and applications should consider the potential environmental and societal impacts of their work.

In all cases research applications must be targeted towards sustainable, advanced biofuels – second-generation and beyond. BBSRC does not wish to support research that focuses on the area of biomass combustion or combustion technologies.

Opportunities, support and resources available

Funding opportunities

This is one of BBSRC’s priority areas for our standard research grant. You can apply at any time.

Standard (sometimes known as ‘responsive’) funding opportunities are open to a wide range of research and approaches within BBSRC’s remit.

Find out more about applying for funding and what to include in your application.

Who to contact

Colin Miles

Email: colin.miles@bbsrc.ukri.org
Telephone: 01793 413359

Last updated: 17 October 2022

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