Update to BBSRC requirements for proposals for collaborative grants
BBSRC collaborative grants require a letter of support from research organisations’ technology transfer office (or equivalent) and each partner, as well as a commitment to enact a collaboration agreement if the grant is funded.
In May 2016 BBSRC updated its requirements for collaborative grants with industry and other users. The changes support Research Organisations (RO) to maximise the wider economic, and social benefits from BBSRC research investments.
Knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) of research outcomes encompasses complex and diverse activities that deliver benefits over varying timescales. The host RO is responsible for the management of these KEC activities, including the identification and management of the intellectual assets (including intellectual property rights) arising from investments in research. Effective management of intellectual assets by ROs includes setting expectations and agreeing the best approaches to taking the outputs of research toward impact. This can often be in collaboration with businesses or other users.
The changed requirements (see our grants guide, page 2 (PDF 718KB)) builds on the previous obligation to have a collaboration agreement in place before funds for collaborative awards can be released. To facilitate the setting of a collaboration agreement at a later date, BBSRC now requires a letter of support from the Technology Transfer Office (or equivalent) outlining how the RO and any partners will manage intellectual assets arising from the research; as well as letters from each company partner (if applicable), outlining the same arrangements.
These new requirements present an opportunity to discuss expectations for the research at an early stage and so provide clarity for all parties involved in taking the outcomes of research forward: researchers, knowledge exchange professionals, company partners, BBSRC, external reviewers and peer-review committees.
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