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BBSRC's Innovator of the Year 2018 competition accepting applications

Now celebrating its 10th year, BBSRC’s Innovator of the Year annually recognises and rewards individuals and small teams who have harnessed the potential of their excellent research.

The awards recognise the full breadth of impacts that investments in research have, from the creation of spinout companies or social enterprises, to working in collaboration with business and working with policy makers, both in the UK and abroad.

The competition has four award categories:

  • Commercial Impact
  • Social Impact
  • International Impact
  • Early Career Impact

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 investment, industry, government, charity and academia.

Professor Melanie Welham, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: “Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the BBSRC Innovator of the Year recognises the very significant potential of bioscience research and the impact that the translation of scientific discoveries into innovative solutions have. Each year we see a wide range of applications that highlight the enormous effort and progress researchers are making. I invite everyone to apply as there are so many fantastic examples of innovation across the biosciences and these awards provide the ideal opportunity to recognise and celebrate the hard work and achievement.”

You can apply here: Key Survey: Innovator of the Year 2018 Recommendations (read our Terms of use: Key Survey).



BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by government, BBSRC invested £469 million in world-class bioscience in 2016-17. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

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