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Exploring innovation

This programme is now closed.

Should you require support for training on Intellectual Property and Intellectual Assets management, the UK Intellectual Property Office has some excellent resources.

Please visit the IPO website:

Apply at any time for up to £2000 to deliver an event to enable innovation in the bioeconomy from bioscience research


BBSRC drives innovation in the biosciences by fostering interaction, collaboration and technology transfer between research users and our science community. The potential of the bioeconomy is huge: bioscience innovation may lead to direct financial impact or opportunities to deliver wider benefit to society and the economy.

The Exploring Innovation scheme encourages BBSRC-funded research organisations to become a part of our Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) strategy (see downloads) by running events that promote translation of research and/or highlight knowledge exchange opportunities, challenges and best practice.


The Exploring Innovation programme provides financial support of up to £2000 to research organisations with significant investments from BBSRC to support the delivery of events that:

  • Engage researchers, end users and KEC professionals in discussions around good practice in knowledge exchange, including commercialisation
  • Provide a platform to facilitate knowledge exchange around a particular topic relevant to BBSRC funded research and BBSRC strategic priorities
  • Raise awareness of the institution’s policies and procedures for the management of its intellectual assets (including the protection and exploitation of intellectual property)
  • Highlight and exemplify the principles underlying BBSRC/ RCUK policies for knowledge exchange and commercialisation, intellectual asset management and impact

For more information about knowledge exchange and commercialisation, see our KEC policy (see downloads) and our Resources page (see related links).

What can I use the Exploring Innovation scheme for?

The scheme is flexible and can be used to support a seminar, workshop, conference or other activity focussed on knowledge exchange or commercialisation.

Event content might include:

  • Introduction to intellectual property rights in biological sciences
  • Intellectual property and wider intellectual asset management, policies and strategies, including commercial agreements
  • Open innovation
  • Establishing collaborative relationships with industry and other users
  • Business and social enterprise development from BBSRC research
  • BBSRC support and funding mechanisms for KEC
  • Networking and sharing of best practice
  • Case studies of successful engagement with business and other user organisations