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BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2019

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BBSRC is now inviting applications for the annual awards that celebrate the best innovations arising from biological science research.

Each year the BBSRC Innovator of the Year awards recognise and reward 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 can have, from the creation of spinout companies or social enterprises, to working in collaboration with businesses or 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.

Professor Rob Honey from Cardiff University, with his colleague Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, were awarded the social impact and overall winner awards at last year’s event for applying their findings in the area of cognitive neuroscience to helping keep fire fighters safe.

Professor Honey says he would definitely encourage people to take part: “Winning the Innovator of the Year title was a total surprise for us last year but it has been so worthwhile in helping to recognise the incredibly hard work that goes into projects such as ours. My advice is don’t just think about entering, take part and you could be the 2019 Innovator of the year.”

Professor Melanie Welham, BBSRC Executive Chair says: “The BBSRC Innovator of the Year has become an important date in the calendar that recognises the very significant potential of bioscience research. Every year there are a diverse range of impacts and innovations that catch the judge’s eye and I invite and encourage everyone to apply to help celebrate their hard work and achievements.”

For more information see: Innovator of the Year.



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