Innovator of the Year
Call status: Closed
Previous call: 15 November 2017 - 7 February 2018
Now celebrating its 10th year, this competition recognises and rewards individuals and small teams who have harnessed the potential of their excellent research.
The competition has four award categories:
- Commercial Impact
- Social Impact
- International Impact
- Early Career Impact
It is designed to recognise the full breadth of impacts that BBSRC investments in research have, from creation of spinout companies or social enterprises, to working in collaboration with business and NGOs, to working with policy makers, both in the UK and abroad.
Winners in each category will receive a £10,000 award, with a further £10,000 for the overall winner, the BBSRC Innovator of the Year.
The awards will be presented at a high-profile event in London on 16 May 2018 in front of an invited audience of leading figures from the worlds of investment, industry, government, charity and academia.
The competition is open to all researchers funded by BBSRC within the past six years, including:
- PhD students and postdoctoral researchers funded by BBSRC through studentships, fellowships or research grants
- Principal investigators or co-investigators on a research grant funded by BBSRC
- Holders of any BBSRC-funded fellowship
- Researchers in institutes receiving strategic funding from BBSRC.
For team entries, at least half of the team should meet the above entry requirements. Where there are non-eligible individuals who have played a significant part in helping deliver impact, their role in assisting the eligible researcher(s) should be made clear in the application.
For all entries, applicants must demonstrate the connection between their BBSRC-funded research and the impact generated or expected.
How to apply
This call is closed to applications.
- Do you know a BBSRC-funded researcher who is passionate about the impact of his/her research?
- Do you have a great story to tell about your own research impact?
- Have you worked with a researcher who has stepped outside the lab to help realise the impact of their research?
|Dr Caroline Woodside (Chair)||The University of Edinburgh|
|Dr Keith Binding||Spirit Consulting|
|Dr Jonathan Clarke||John Innes Centre|
|Professor Curtis Dobson||The University of Manchester|
|Dr Sue Dunkerton||Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)|
|Dr Caroline Kenny||Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)|
|Dr Sandra Knapp||Natural History Museum|
|Mrs Cath Lavery||QMUL|
|Dr Ruth Mokgokong||Pfizer|
|Dr Andy Muir||Midven Inc|
|Dr Shelby Temple||University of Bristol|
Tell us your story
If you wish to recommend someone other than yourself for this award, you can use the above link as well. We welcome recommendations at any time up until a week before the application deadline.
Recommendations alone are not sufficient for consideration and we need the applicant to fill out the complete form (approx. 1500 words).
If you are unable to use the web forms, please contact us via email with your recommendation or for an electronic document version of the application form.
|Application deadline||7 February 2018|
|Proposals shortlisted||22 March 2018|
|Finalist interviews||16 May 2018|
|Award event||16 May 2018|
Previous awards: 2018
Overall winner: Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and Professor Rob Honey
Commercial innovator: Dr Neil Gibbs
Social innovator: Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and Professor Rob Honey
International Impact: Professor Martin Broadley and Dr Louise Ander
Early Career Impact: Ben Dolman and Dr James Winterburn
Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and Professor Rob Honey said: "We are delighted that the quality and impact of our science has been recognised with such a prestigious award. We will continue with our programme of research, using brain science to keep our fighters safe so they can keep you safe."
Previous awards: 2017
Overall winner: Dr Shelby Temple
Commercial innovator: Dr Shelby Temple
Social innovator: Professor Juliet Osborne
International Impact: Professor Sarah Cleaveland
Early Career Impact: Dr James Field
Dr Temple said: "I was overwhelmed with excitement and pride that all the hard work had led to this fantastic recognition, but I also felt bashful because there were so many great and deserving projects."
Previous awards: 2016
Overall winner: Professor Tom Brown
Commercial innovator: Professor Tom Brown
Social innovator: Dr Barrie Rooney
Most promising innovator: Dr Martin Pule
Professor Brown said: "I’m amazingly proud to have been chosen for this award given the remarkable array of innovators who were finalists – I was particularly impressed by the global nature of some of the innovations up for the award. It has been BBSRC’s long term and consistent support which has allowed the science to flourish that has led to my innovation."
Previous awards: 2015
Overall winner: Professor Ian Givens
Commercial innovator: Professor Andrew Hopkins
Social innovator: Professor Ian Givens
Most promising innovator: Travis Bayer
Professor Givens said: "I am honoured and very surprised to be named the BBSRC Innovator of the Year. Innovation is at the heart of research at Reading, and I am lucky enough to work in one of the best possible research environments of its kind. Much of my research in this area has been supported by BBSRC DRINC which is an excellent model for integrating research with industry."
Previous awards: 2014
Overall winner: Professor Luke Alphey
Commercial innovator: Dr Curtis Dobson
Social innovator: Professor Luke Alphey
Most promising innovator: Professor Cathie Martin and Dr Eugenio Butelli
Professor Luke Alphey said: "It is such a great honour to win Innovator of the Year – particularly when there is such stiff competition. Tonight really showcases how innovations from UK bioscience are tackling such a huge range of challenges."
Previous awards: 2013
Overall winner: Dr Ryan Donnelly
Commercial innovator: Dr Anna Hine
Social innovator: Dr Simon Gubbins, Professor Peter Mertens, Dr Carrie Batten
Most promising innovator: Dr Ryan Donnelly
Dr Donnelly said: "I'm delighted and very surprised. I knew for a contest like this there was going to be very strong competition. To win something like this at such an early stage of my career, well it's the highlight of my career, it really is."
Previous awards: 2012
Overall winner: Professor George Lomonossoff
Commercial innovator: Professor Jim Murray
Social innovator: Professor Russell Foster
Most promising innovator: Professor George Lomonossoff
Professor Lomonossoff expressed his delight at winning, saying: "You want to hope but you don't dare. It's a big surprise; rather like winning an Oscar."
Previous awards: 2011
Overall winner: Professor Jason Swedlow
Commercial innovator: Professor Chris Lowe
Social innovator: Professor Jason Swedlow
Most promising innovator: Professor Keith Waldron
Professor Swedlow said: "It is a great honour to accept this award. The support we have received from BBSRC, as well as the Wellcome Trust, during the early stages of the research has been invaluable. Our vision has always been to create a global standard for imaging software and the community that has grown up around the open source development is extraordinary. In reality I am receiving this award on behalf of a large group of extremely talented people who share a common commitment to innovation through team work, collaboration and the process of creating something new and exciting as a community."
Previous awards: 2010
Overall winner: Professor Shankar Balasubramanian
Commercial innovator: Professor Shankar Balasubramanian
Social innovator: Professor Dave Goulson
Most promising innovator: Dr Michael McArthur
Professor Balasubramanian said: "I am delighted to accept the award of BBSRC Innovator of the Year and I do so on behalf of many people who have made important contributions at many stages of the Solexa project. I would particularly like to acknowledge my departmental colleague, Prof David Klenerman, who I co-founded Solexa with in 1998.
"None of this would have happened without the support of BBSRC. Their backing was essential for the blue skies research that gave rise to our original inventions. The continued funding of fundamental science by BBSRC will be an essential part of future enterprises and ultimately, wealth creation."
Previous awards: 2009
Winner: Professor Stephen Jackson
Runner-up: Dr Luke Alphey
Runner-up: Professor Jeff Errington
Professor Jackson said: "It's a tremendous honour to receive this prestigious award. It really reflects that science, like that funded by BBSRC in my group over the years can yield both exciting science and commercial and social applications. I think this award is a showcase for how funding of science by BBSRC is able to provide major tangible benefits not only the UK science base but also the biotech and pharmaceutical industries."