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HVB Business Interaction Vouchers

HVB Business Interaction Vouchers (BIVs) will award up to £10,000 for a defined piece of work undertaken by an academic with an industrial partner, who should co-fund the project with cash or in-kind contributions.
These awards aim to encourage collaboration and develop partnerships.


Funding is available for HVB members who are eligible to receive BBSRC funding.

All applicants must be HVB members at the time of application (registration is free  at

The industrial applicant should have an R&D or manufacturing site in the UK. Only in exceptional circumstances (if there is not a UK company to exploit the research), a BIV may be awarded to support a collaboration with an industrial partner who has an overseas R&D or manufacturing site. 


Applications for BIV can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed at the next possible Review Panel meeting. The next round of applications will be reviewed in November 2020.

Deadlines for next review meeting

Submit application by 11:00 on 6 October 2020 

Review panel decision: November 2020

Applications received after 6 October 2020 11:00 will be held until the next review date in January 2021.


To apply please submit the BIV application form to

Please read the guidelines for BIV funds (available on the resources panel on the right) before applying.

For queries regarding BIV funds, please contact HVB network manager Dr Caroline Calvert via


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