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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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The BioVale Project is an investment in the infrastructure and associated support services needed to create a central hub for the BioVale cluster. It aims to bridge the gap between the knowledge base and bio-based industry working in the bioeconomy and establish Yorkshire and the Humber as a world-leading region for innovation in this emerging sector. It will also drive the development of the knowledge base at the University of York and at other regional higher education and further education organisations.  

HEFCE Catalyst funding provides essential revenue support for:

  • technology transfer at the Biorenewables Development Centre that bridges the gap between the world-class science base at the University of York and the needs of industry to develop and scale-up greener processes and products.
  • a small executive team to coordinate the activities of the BioVale cluster.

The Catalyst funding complements European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) funding that is being sought from: the Department for Communities and Local Government; the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership; and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

BioVale is supported and steered by regional industry, research organisations, higher education and government including: AB Agri, Askham Bryan College, the Biorenewables Development Centre, BioVale Ltd, Brocklesby Ltd, the City of York Council, Croda, Drax Power Ltd, Fera, the Local Enterprise Partnerships, the National Farmers Union, Precision Decisions the Stockbridge Technology Centre, the University of York, the White Rose Consortium and Yorkshire Universities.

Project information

Catalyst funding £2,400,000
Total project funding £5,000,000
Contact information

Dr Maggie Smallwood;


Page last updated 19 August 2016

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