Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture programme

The sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture programme seeks to address the challenge of developing innovations in sustainable and scalable biomanufacturing processes.

About the programme

Biomanufacturing is critical to both societal and economic stability, and offers vast potential for the UK. If harnessed to its maximum potential, biomanufacturing can play a critical role in achieving the UK government’s ambition to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. It is also pivotal in helping to secure the UK’s future economic prosperity.

Innovate UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), all part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £14 million in the design and delivery of new and disruptive sustainable biomanufacturing solutions.

The aim is to enable the UK to be more globally competitive by supporting development across different industries and sectors.

Core focus areas of the programme

The programme seeks to address the challenge of developing innovations in sustainable and scalable biomanufacturing processes
Bio-based feedstocks


Bio-based feedstocks

Increasing the use of bio-based feedstocks

Sustainable biotechnology


Sustainable biotechnology

Developing alternative bio-based chemical replacements

Innovative bio-based products


Innovative bio-based products

Enhancing the sustainability profile of biotechnology processes

Feedstock recycling


Feedstock recycling

Innovative use and re-use of renewable feedstocks




Biotechnology based manufacture processes for sustainable and circular products

Sustainable Bio-based Materials and Manufacturing Feasibility Study Competition

Innovate UK, BBSRC and EPSRC are co-investing up to £2M for feasibility study projects under this programme. In addition to this feasibility study competition, a major collaborative R&D competition will be launched in Spring 2023.

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Reimagining Manufacturing and Materials - Critical for a Net Zero Future

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Manufacturing Vision 2050

The design of the funding programme has been informed by Innovate UK's Manufacturing Vision for 2050. The document is a re-imagination of materials and manufacturing together, delving into the challenges and opportunities that lie in front of the UK materials and manufacturing sectors over the next 30 years. With more than 170 recent references analysed and more than 120 stakeholders consulted, this is one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind. Click here to read more.


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