The bioeconomy has an important role to play in the development of Scotland’s circular economy. Pioneering projects already up and running include CelluComp, a company turning nano fibres from root vegetables into an environmentally friendly thickener for paint; Aurora Consulting, who are growing mushrooms from used coffee grounds; and Ogilvy Spirits, making vodka from potatoes not suitable for the supermarket.
We have created the Bioeconomy Accelerator fund in partnership with the Zero Waste Scotland to maximise exposure and encourage collaboration between business and research. It aims to enable transformative projects that will help drive development of the circular economy and support the Scottish Government’s Making Things Last strategy.
Proposals are invited from:
Small and medium sized enterprises and higher education institutes delivering circular economy and waste reduction projects in industrial biotechnology; bioeconomy, and food and drink sectors.
Funding may be awarded to bioeconomy projects led by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and supported by Scotland's academic talent; or to SMEs alone to progress innovative projects themselves.
How to apply:
The call is now closed to applications. Those invited to second stage, your full applications should be received by 12 noon on Monday 27th March 2017.
The wider Circular Economy Investment Fund can be accessed through www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/circular-economy