Research Grants

Current Grants:

MARISURF

This is a large European Union Horizon 2020 project entitled ‘Novel, sustainable marine surfactants and emulsifiers’ 2015-2020.

The project has 13 partners including 5 universities and 8 companies and is coordinated from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh with a budget of €4.8 million.

The regular 6 monthly meeting of members of the consortium took place 8-9 March 2018 on the Coleraine Campus of Ulster University

Proof of Concept (POC) Grants

The group is also currently undertaking two POC grants funded by Invest Northern Ireland.

  • Invest NI Proof of Concept Award 2020 Biopropane

Within this project we aim to identify a commercially viable fermentation process for the production of bio-propane from sustainable feedstocks. The key innovation is that we are using naturally-occurring biopropane producing microorganisms from the environment, well adapted for the biosynthesis of propane leading to a robust fermentation rote at a commercial scale. The work focuses on fermentation optimization and scale-up.

  • Invest NI Proof of Concept Award The use of microbial sophorolipids to reduce tumour growth in the gastrointestinal tract.

This project will utilise both in vitro cell culture models and in vivo murine models to investigate the potential of specific congeners of microbial sophorolipids to reduce tumour growth in the gastrointestinal tract or integument and prevent gut bleeding in a range of human pathologies.

Recently Completed Grants

SHV Energy Industrial Collaboration 2018-2019

This was a colaborative project with Calor Gas, UK investigating the potential of marine bacteria to biologically synthesis hydrocarbons for use as fuel. This project directly lead to the current POC award “Biopropane”.

KILLSPILL

This was a very large Framework 7 European Union project entitled ‘Integrated biotechnological solutions for combating marine oil spills’ 2013-2017

The project had 33 partners and was coordinated from the Technical University of Crete with a budget of €9 million

BIOSURFING 

A Framework 7 European Union Project entitled ‘New to nature biosurfactants’ 2011-2015

The project had 7 partners and was coordinated from the University of Ghent with a budget of €2.97 million.