Supporting industrial biotechnology

In February 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Innovation Norway and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB, now Innovate UK) in the UK. This ground-breaking, three-year, bilateral agreement intends to foster transnational collaboration between industries and research institutions in the area of industrial biotechnology and biorefining.

A review at the mid-point of the MoU between Innovation Norway and Innovate UK (former Technology Strategy Board) can be downloaded here.

Find a partner

Activities that may be supported through the agreement include networking events, facilitated by the Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network – an Innovate UK funded organization – and the Industrial Biotech Network Norway. See schedule of events at KTN (UK) and at IBNN (Norway).

Possible partners can also be looked for in the 'UK-Norway Industrial Biotechnology Directory'.

In order to identify areas of complementarity and the most promising business opportunities, a scoping study was carried out by the National Non-Food Crops Centre. Joint activities are guided by this work.

Funding opportunities

Collaborative R&D projects identified as a result of the networking activities may apply for funding through the Innovate UK and Innovation Norway grant programs. Interested organizations should join the Norway-UK group on _Connect or send an e-mail to mail[at]indbiotech[dot]no.

Through the period 2012 – 2014 several collaborative projects were defined, funded and executed within the so-called High Value Chemicals (HVC) calls. In 2013 the IB Catalyst program was launched, a Innovate UK program that also opens up for Norwegian organisations.


UK-Norway Case Studies

Read our success stories. Examples from the UK-Norway collaborations are available in a series of case studies here.


UK Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB)

1. ADNet: Anaerobic Digestion Network
2. Biocatnet: Network in Biocatalyst Discovery, Development and Scale-Up
3. BioProNET: Bioprocessing Network
4. C1NET: Chemicals from C1 Gas
5. CBMNet: Crossing biological membranes
6. FoodWasteNet: Food Processing Waste and By-Products Utilisation Network
7. HVCfP: High Value Chemicals from Plants Network
8. IBCarb: Glycoscience Tools for Biotechnology and Bioenergy
9. LBNet: Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network
10. Metals in Biology: The elements of Biotechnology and Bioenergy
11. NPRONET: Natural Products Discovery and Bioengineering Network
12. P2P: A Network of Integrated Technologies: Plants to Products
13. PHYCONET: unlocking the IB potential of microalgae