BBSRC have a clear vision of the strategic challenges that they wish to tackle 1) Bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food, 2) Bioscience for renewable resources and clean growth and 3) Bioscience for an integrated understanding of health.
The Translational Research Office (TRO) is in receipt of funding from the BBSRC through the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). This scheme aims to: strengthen user engagement; strengthen knowledge exchange; encourage and support translation at the earliest stages to the point of further follow-on funding; and the discovery of ingenious and pioneering approaches to impact delivery, with reduced lead time. This call for proposals aims to identify novel technologies, knowledge and associated innovations in the Biosciences and drive their translation to associated markets, or end-point users.
Two themes have been identified as a priority through this call:
- THEME 1: Market Analysis
- THEME 2: Translational Research
Proposals that are highly multi-disciplinary and cross-divisional are strongly encouraged to apply.
THEME 1: Market Analysis
Projects will have likely attained some preliminary data, this funding will allow development of a clearer understanding of the commercial potential of the research through understanding of market competition. Funding could support activities such as: market analysis and assessment (potential, competition and opportunities), business modelling, engagement and establishing relationships with key industrial partners, prototype evaluation, IP searches and strengthening cases for patent protection, and development of key contacts with potential licensees or other interested parties – which would aid in understanding of project needs and requirements. Funding can be utilized to commission expert advice from sector specialists on the best commercial development strategy for a business idea. Existing research projects are likely to be characterised by a high degree of risk or uncertainty: the aim of any proposed IAA project will be to identity how to de-risk the technology and advance it closer to the point where it is suitable for support from other sources and/or commercial exploitation. These activities will strengthen a future application for followon funding,targeting the commercialisation of the research. Please note: funding will not support patent filing costs.
THEME 2: Translational Research
This theme with a broader vision and greater flexibility targets the development of new technologies to the point they are suitable for follow-on support from other sources or for commercial exploitation. Projects will have underpinning basic research already completed, funding will support the initial steps along the translational pathway based around concept and feasibility. This could include but not limited to: feasibility validation, prototype evaluation, proof-of-concept studies, pump-priming of initial trials, scoping exercises, de-risking of technology exercises, to establish and cement relationships with collaborative partners and knowledge exchange with key external stakeholders.