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The shortlisted finalists for the 2019 BBSRC Innovator of the Year competition have been announced. The 12 finalists will compete to be named Innovator of the Year 2019 at the Science Museum in London on 15 May 2019.

BBSRC is conducting a review of data-intensive bioscience research in 2019. The ‘Forward Look for UK Bioscience’ recognises the importance of data-intensive research and this review will help strengthen BBSRC’s understanding of the research landscape in this area.

Twenty-four ambitious projects, from pharmaceuticals to aerospace, and transport to the creative economy, are to receive early-stage funding to develop full-stage bids that could lead to significant economic growth in places across the country. Each of the shortlisted projects from the first wave of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Strength in Places Fund has been awarded up to £50,000 in early-stage funding, which will allow applicants to develop full-stage bids.