BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account 2015-16

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has awarded the University of Bristol a £100,000 BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) from July 2015 to July 2016.

The Research Councils define Impact as the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy.  The objective for our BBSRC IAA is to increase, advance and accelerate the achievement of impact from BBSRC investments in excellent bioscience research and capability.


BBSRC IAA Impact Project funding has now been fully allocated

 Awarded Projects 

 School of Biochemistry

 Steven Burston and Paul Race - Recombinant peptide synthesis

 School of Biological Sciences

 Keara Franklin and Alistair Hetherington - Adding value to urban farming produced crops

 Gareth Jones - Implementing 3D thermal imaging tracking to minimise bat fatalities at wind turbines 

 Shelby Temple - Haidinger's brushes as a screening method for risk of age-related macular degeneration

 School of Chemistry

 Neil Williams - SAGE vaccines: self-assembled peptide cages for presenting immunogenic peptides and proteins

 Department of Computer Science 

 Julian Gough - Cell reprogramming

 School of Veterinary Sciences

 Hannah Rose - Weather-smart worm control: targeted application of antiparasitic drugs in sheep on organic farms

 For information 

Awards were available for projects which develop the impact of University of Bristol’s biotechnology or biological science research, delivering or leading to benefits for non-academic partners in any sector.

Awards will normally be between £5,000 and £20,000.

In November 2015 a new submission process was piloted; a one page BBSRC IAA Impact Project application form (UoB only), followed (if shortlisted) by a short pitch to the Panel.

Submissions received by 30 November were shortlisted by 7 December 2015 and PIs invited to pitch their proposal to the Panel on 15 December 2015. Decisions on funding were made before Christmas, pending any final requirements. 

BBSRC IAA Impact Projects may include (but are not limited to)
• short exploratory projects, including stakeholder events, to identify the potential impact of BBSRC research and take the first steps towards impact 
• active development of the impact of BBSRC research, that delivers or leads to benefits for a non-academic partner in any sector
• outward secondment of University of Bristol staff to a partner organisation and/or inward secondment of a partner’s staff into the University
• taking first steps towards commercialisation leading to BBSRC Follow-on proposals or similar funds

Please note that projects should involve an external partner organisation and must have a strong connection to BBSRC funded research through either a grant or PhD studentship, including DTA studentships and cross-Council grants.

For support and advice on the BBSRC IAA, or if you have other project ideas for applying your research with and/or for external organisations and communities, please contact John Halliwell in RED. You may also find useful our Collaboration with the University of Bristol (PDF, 258kB) leaflet.