Bioeconomy Accelerator

Funding opportunity for businesses and organisations working in industrial biotechnology, food and drink, and the wider bioeconomy in Scotland.

The bioeconomy has an important role to play in the development of Scotland’s circular economy. 

We have created the Bioeconomy Accelerator in partnership with the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) 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.

Pioneering projects already up and running include CelluComp, a company turning nano fibres from root vegetables into an environmentally friendly thickener for paint; and Ogilvy Spirits, making vodka from potatoes not suitable for the supermarket.

We invite proposals from:

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and higher education institutes delivering circular economy and waste reduction projects in the industrial biotechnology and food and drink sectors, and the wider bioeconomy.

Funding may be awarded to bioeconomy projects led by SMEs and supported by Scotland's academic talent; or to SMEs alone to progress innovative projects themselves.

How to apply:

The deadline for outline project proposals is 19 December 2016. Full applications should be received by 28 February 2017.

For more information and to apply:

Download the Outline Project Proposal Form.

Bioeconomy Accelerator Eligability Guidance

Bioeconomy Accelerator Outline Project Proposal Guidance Notes


The wider Circular Economy Investment Fund can be accessed through

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