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£13.5 million for 48 engineering biology R&D projects

New projects will use engineering biology to tackle challenges in the fields of health, environment, food production and sustainability.


Cells under microscope

The £13.5 million funding is provided by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Technology Missions Fund and delivered by Innovate UK.


The 48 projects cover a wide range of sectors and disciplines and involve private companies, academic institutions and partner bodies. For example, they will be:


  • engineering red blood cells to unlock new therapeutic treatments

  • developing new bio-based materials to make paints more environmentally friendly

  • making a sustainable alternative to palm oil

  • engineering animal stem cells to cultivate meat production

  • developing advance wound therapy

  • advancing industrial biotechnology to develop sustainable packaging


All the projects are supporting business led research and development that will:

  • lead to new engineering biology products, processes or services

  • help to de-risk the adoption of new engineering biology technologies that offer high market potential

The projects align with the government’s national vision for engineering biology and follow on from the announcement of £100 million engineering biology mission hubs and awards, which are also funded through the UKRI Technology Missions Fund


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