THYME workshop: proof-of-concept funding
Staff at the THYME universities of Hull, Teesside and York can apply for £30 – 50K to fund proof-of-concept projects that address one of THYME’s three Grand Challenges. Each project must involve a minimum of two universities and may involve all three. This meeting will bring together staff from THYME universities to network and discuss possible collaborative projects, suitable for proof-of-concept funding from THYME.
The workshop will also be an opportunity to gather expressions of interest in the THYME Inter-HEI placement scheme and entrepreneurship workshops.
THYME Project Grand Challenges
1. Production of high value products from biowastes and by-products
There is an opportunity for the region to become a world leader in the conversion of bio-based waste to higher value chemicals with multibillion pound markets. Waste, particularly urban organic waste, is a global issue and development of technology and business models is a major opportunity for both inward investment and as an exportable capability. The region has the science base and the industrial absorptive capacity to become a world leader in the field.
2. Re-purposing of industrial sites for bio-based manufacturing
The THYME Project will explore opportunities to re-purpose existing industrial sites into those for processing bio-based raw materials and manufacturing bio-based products. The region has a wide range of opportunities in this area and projects that seek to evaluate these sites and generate plans for future development are sought.
3. Increasing productivity of bio-based processes
Innovation offers a wide range of opportunities to increase the productivity of bio-based processing, particularly by sharing technology between sectors. The THYME Project will bring together expertise at Teesside, York and Hull to address a range of productivity bio-based processing challenges. The opportunities for increasing productivity are extensive and include reducing waste; adding value to by-products, automating manufacturing processes; reducing energy and material inputs, developing better enzymes, vaccines, antibiotics and processing micro-organisms; adapting feedstocks and introducing one pot processes. This may include projects that support bioeconomy growth through the use of gaming, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality.
09:30 – 10:00 Coffee and registration
10:00 – 10:30 Introduction to THYME and the proof-of-concept funding scheme, initial project ideas from York (Joe Ross, BDC Director)
10:30 – 10:40 Initial project ideas from Teesside University (Geoff Archer, Head of Knowledge Exchange, Teesside University)
10:40 – 10:50 Initial project ideas from the University of Hull (Maggie McGowan, Director of Research and Innovation, University of Hull)
11:15 – 11:45 Q and A
11:45 – 15:00 Table discussions, networking lunch and project development
15:00: Wrap up and next steps.