New network to help fund biological membrane research

cbmnetA new network has been launched to help biological membrane researchers collaborate and access funding.

The Crossing Biological Membranes Network (CBMNet) at the University of Sheffield is designed to support collaborations between academics, industry, policy makers and NGOs.

Its aim is to find new approaches to tackling challenges in biological membrane research, and to help translate that research into benefits for industrial biotechnology and bioenergy.

Sign up for the first CMBNet Annual Conference

CMBNet is one of 13 unique collaborative Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBBs) which the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has committed £18m to fund, with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Scientists and stakeholders are now being encouraged to become members of CBMNet so that they can access funding and take part in valuable networking opportunities.

There are several types of funding available through CBMNet:

  • Business Interaction Vouchers – BBSRC CBMNet Business Interaction Vouchers are available and provide £5,000 to be used to support collaboration between academic partners and industrial partners who are CBMNet members.
  • Proof-of-concept funding – Calls are made for proof-of-concept funds (£5,000-£50,000 per project) to be allocated following specific competition calls and creative (sandpit style) events for CBMNet members.
  • Support for early career researchers (ECRs) – We provide bursaries to allow ECRs to work with academic and industrial partners and to attend and present at relevant conferences.
  • Vacation scholarships – We provide scholarships for undergraduates to carry out research projects (8-10 weeks) within the CBMNet remit. Applications from ECRs are encouraged.

See all current funding opportunities

There will also be a number of different CBMNet events throughout the year:

  • Open annual network meetings – These bring together the network community for a meeting of research presentations from academics, early career researchers, proof-of-concept award holders and other network members. The meetings will also have poster sessions and hot-topic workshops.
  • Industry partnering workshops – These themed workshops are to share knowledge and develop new ideas to solve real-world industrial problems. The main aim is to bring together new teams to bid for future IBBE funding calls.
  • Academic-industrial exchanges – These are used to support the development of new teams to transfer technologies from academia to industry and vice versa.
  • Creative events – We support proof-of-concept grants of up to £50,000 to enable multi-disciplinary collaborative teams to apply for and secure major external funding. These teams will emerge from annual themed creative events aimed at identifying innovative projects.

Find out more about upcoming events

You can now sign up for the first CMBNet Annual Conference: Grand Challenges In Crossing Biological Membranes.

Sign up for the first CMBNet Annual Conference

For more information, contact Dr Jen Evans (ext 29766,

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