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Scoping Workshop: Biological solutions to reducing industrial waste, environmental inefficiency and pollution in India

Call status: Close
Proposal deadline:28th February, 2017 by 17.30 hrs

Call Outline


Expressions of interest are being sought to attend a scoping meeting for a UK– India Newton Fund call in innovative biological solutions for managing industrial waste.

Innovate UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for Biotechnology (DBT) of the Government of India are planning a UK-India Newton-Bhabha Fund joint call for innovative biological solutions in the area of industrial waste. The call is expected to be launched in May 2017. In order to ensure that the competition reflects as closely as possible the genuine needs of the Indian society and takes into account the technology and expertise already available in India and the UK, the funders are organising a scoping mission to India, bringing together decision makers, businesses and academics from both countries. The goal of the mission is to focus the scope of the upcoming call on the specific waste issues India is facing under the following industries and to identify potential solutions that could be put forward through the call:

  • Sugar cane: reducing or removing lignocellulosic matter from wastewater and its recovery for subsequent utilisation as a feedstock for manufacturing of high value products e.g. plastics.
  • Leather/tanning/textiles industry: reduction or removal of heavy metals, organic dye, and proteinaceous particulates from wastewater and recovery for subsequent digestion and conversion into higher value products.
  • Paper/pulp: reducing or removing lignocellulosic matter, heavy metal ions, bleaching agents and sulphites from wastewater.
  • Municipal Solid Waste: Processing of the (lignocellulosic) organic fraction to allow subsequent utilisation as a feedstock for manufacture of chemicals, materials and energy.
  • Sewage: Processing of sewage to reduce wastewater contamination and the use of the organic fraction to manufacture chemicals and fuels.
  • Pharmaceuticals: reduction of pharmaceutical contaminants in waste water streams including those that are leading to antimicrobial resistance.

The scoping workshop is planned between 23rd and 24th of March at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur; it aims to enable a group of selected Indian scientist’s, businessman, representatives of local bodies and state governments India and contribute their expertise to the scoping discussions. This workshop will enable better understanding of the challenges faced by India in the areas identified and a more detailed scoping of these areas with. The questions the workshop will address can be found in the draft call document.

Department is interested in organisations/experts that have:

  • Expertise in biological solutions for one or more of the above-mentioned waste streams.
  • Experience in working on waste challenges and bio-tech solutions that are relevant to India.
  • The capacity to represent their field/industry and speak about the wider market for biological solutions.

DBT is therefore opening this call for Expressions of Interest to Indian scientist’s, businessman, representatives of local bodies and state governments India and contribute their expertise to the scoping discussions, interested in taking part in this scoping exercise and able to contribute expertise and experience to the discussions with UK counterparts.

Please note that travel and accommodation costs for some applicants will be covered by Department of Biotechnology as per Government of India norms.

The call draft scoping document can be downloaded here:

Contact information:

For further information about this Scoping Workshop and its application, please write to
Dr. Sanjay Kalia
Scientist ‘D’,
Department of Biotechnology,
Ministry of Science & Technology,
Government of India,
New Delhi-110 003.