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GCRF-Impact Acceleration Accounts (GCRF-IAAs)


BBSRC recently launched GCRF-IAAs which will facilitate knowledge exchange and enable innovation in an international development context, to include activities with DAC listed countries. The awards provide flexible funding to enable institutions to develop strategies to add value to existing BBSRC investments and generate a wide range of outputs, outcomes and impacts in an international development context. They will also help the institution build sustainable capacity (including international networks and collaborations) in order to prepare for future ODA-relevant research.


Funds have been awarded via a competitive process, where research organisations that have substantial levels of BSBRC investment were invited to apply.

Key areas

GCRF-IAA funding will be used flexibly and rapidly to support the following key areas:

  • Strengthen the understanding of international development challenges through the exchange of knowledge, skills and by building capability
  • Generate knowledge and best practice for engagement with researchers and user communities in DAC listed countries to understand research and innovation needs relevant to bioscience research; supporting pathways to delivering impact from investments; and share best practice in research commercialisation and enabling enterprise in an international development context
  • Support activities that enable impact to be generated effectively and in a timely way e.g. workshops, secondments, people exchange and small scale exploratory activities
  • Build strong collaborative relationships and networks with UK and international researchers and non-academic stakeholders to position appropriately for future ODA-relevant research applications
  • Enhance impacts from existing BBSRC investments and enable ROs to align current research activities towards ODA aims

Current awards

A total of up to £3.8 million has been awarded across the following 23 organisations, which have been successful in attaining a GCRF-IAA award commencing 1 September 2016.

Partners interested in accessing and developing opportunities available through GCRF-IAAs should approach the organisations listed below directly.

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Babraham Institute
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • Earlham Institute
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
  • Imperial College London
  • John Innes Centre
  • University of Liverpool
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • The University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • The Pirbright Institute
  • Rothamsted Research
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • University of St Andrews
  • University College London
  • The University of Warwick
  • University of York