Business Interaction Vouchers (BIV)

After the last BIV call we have some remaining funds to support up to 3 projects at £10 000 per project.

Applications are invited from academic and industrial partners for BIV projects of up to 6 months. Closing date is 30 April 2018.

Application form and Guidelines for this call are available.

Previously Awarded Projects

FoodWasteNet has funded 19 Business Interaction Vouchers in 17 universities and helped 16 industrial partners to explore getting more value from a wide range of food processing wastes and co-products. The projects looked at at feedstocks including: blackcurrant and blackberry skins, beetroot, potato, other root vegetables, mushrooms, coffee grounds, rapeseed cake and bread from the sandwich industry. Potential products included: food ingredients & flavours, prebiotics, polyphenolic compounds and biofuels. Details of funded projects are available to download:

We started funding BIV projects in 2014 and we are compiling short profile/case studies to highlight the outputs and impacts of these projects. You can read our first here from Dr Ana Winters and Dr Sonia Heaven.

Dr Ana Winters - Sonication Enhanced Recovery of Anthocyanins from Blackcurrant Waste

Dr Sonia Heaven - Recovery of Food Waste from Municipal Solid Waste During Pulping

If you have received PoC or BIV funding from FoodWasteNet please get in touch if you are interested in taking part in these case studies

Information on Business Interaction Vouchers

FoodWasteNet Business Interaction Vouchers (BIV) encourage and support collaboration between academic partners and industrial partners within the network. The collaboration can be any defined piece of work by an academic partner for an industrial partner.  The vouchers are intended to help resource small confidence-building measures between an academic partner and an industrial based partner that are likely to lead to outcomes of:

  • a longer-term relationship
  • improved interaction
  • new research technology transfer projects

Priority will be given to proposals that, for example;

  • Aid technology transfer
  • Work towards ‘solving’ a technical problem for an industrial partner
  • Adapt an existing technology for a new application

All projects must be completed within 6 months of the project start date or by 25 January 2019 (whichever is sooner).  

Funding Eligibility

BIV prioritise funding of new collaborations but may be used to fund continued collaborations. Projects must demonstrate a clear fit with the BBSRC Industrial Biotechnology remit:

Industrial Biotechnology (IB) is a set of cross-disciplinary technologies that use biological resources for producing and processing materials and chemicals for non-food applications.

Projects that include chemical, thermal or physical separation/processing techniques must demonstrate how the work links to a bioprocessing project or how it will benefit industrial biotechnology.
NB Feeding trials are not within scope.

The work must also be relevant to the aims of FoodWasteNet:

  • To identify and provide information on suitable feed stocks, novel products and product applications
  • To make chemicals & biomaterials with added value and market potential

The scope of funded projects should also align with the thematic areas of the FoodWasteNet Network:

  • Raw materials - Fruit and vegetable trimmings/pulps, Vegetable oil residues, Cereal spent grains, By- products from dairy processing
  • Processing - Physical separation, Enzyme processing, Microbial fermentation, Systems biology, Catalysis, Thermal processing, Non-thermal processing, Chemical processing
  • Products - Bulk chemicals, Speciality chemicals, Phytochemicals, Oleochemicals, Biopolymers, Bioplastics, Food ingredients

The work must be clearly defined from the outset and must be completed within 6 months.

 Examples of projects include, but are not limited to:

  • generating new experimental data
  • data analysis
  • technical consultancy
  • literature review
  • All partners in the application must be members of FoodWasteNet
  •  Main applicants must be FoodWasteNet Members who are eligible to receive BBSRC  funding (  
  • BIV are up to £10, 000 (including applicable VAT) maximum
  • Industrial partner contribution is expected to be at least to the value of the BIV as cash or in-kind contribution
  • BIV are awarded to the academic partner to tackle a problem relevant to the industrial partner
  • BIV awards should focus attention on UK based partners where there is benefit to the UK research base and the UK economy.  In exceptional circumstances, where there is not a UK company to exploit the research a BIV may be awarded to an overseas partner company.  The application should provide a clear justification for working with an overseas partner company and outline how the project will lead to building international collaborations, how the project will be taken forward leading to inward investment and the benefit back to the UK.