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Bioscience Big Ideas Pipeline

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Do you have an exciting and ambitious Big Idea? Introducing the Biosciences Big Ideas Pipeline.

UKRI-BBSRC is excited to launch the ‘Bioscience Big Ideas Pipeline’, a pilot programme through which we aim to engage with our broad research and innovation community in a quest to identify adventurous and exciting ideas that have the potential to be transformational. We’re looking for ideas that will capture the imagination of researchers, the public, industry and government.

Bioscience Big Ideas: Adventurous; Ambitious; Exciting; Inspirational; Visionary.

The Bioscience Big Ideas Pipeline is a chance to participate in a visioning exercise to help identify the next generation of potential research and innovation priorities. It is not a call for proposals. The process is designed to capture and review exciting community-led ideas to inform the development of future research and innovation strategy and this in turn could potentially attract investment or lead to support for community activities. The Bioscience Big Ideas Pipeline is an opportunity to contribute to UKRI-BBSRC’s vision ‘to push back the frontiers of biology to deliver a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future’.

What is a big idea?

A big idea is expected to be distinctive and compelling and have the potential to create transformational change. We’re seeking ideas that will excite and inspire, and are on a much larger scale than a single research grant. Importantly, big ideas should have the potential to be achievable and deliver a step change if resourced in the right way. The big ideas should appeal to the research and innovation communities that would be expected to play a central role in realising their potential. Fundamental, strategic or applied, all big ideas are welcome, and multidisciplinary big ideas are particularly encouraged.

How do I submit a big idea?

By completing and submitting the form below to, and you can do this at any time. Please provide a single contact point in the submission.

I’ve submitted a big idea, what happens next?

Ideas will be batched on a regular basis. We expect the pilot to have several batching dates and last for approximately 12 months. We will batch the next wave of submissions on Friday 31 January 2020.

After this date, the pilot programme of the pipeline will be reviewed. Future batching dates to be confirmed.

Batches of ideas will first be checked for general suitability for the pipeline, including relevance to bioscience and the big idea’s distinctiveness (i.e. the big idea isn’t the topic of an existing or planned research and innovation programme). The second step will be consideration of the idea’s transformative potential and this stage will be overseen by UKRI-BBSRC Council, drawing on advice from experts in our strategy advisory structure. Submitters will be provided with feedback following completion of this process.

How will the big ideas be used?

Ideas identified as having high transformative potential will be considered as a part of the regular review of UKRI-BBSRC strategy and may be developed into business cases for investment or used to shape community building activities. At the end of the pilot we also plan to publish a summary of the big ideas to demonstrate the excitement and transformative potential of modern bioscience to our broad stakeholder holder community.

Please note, once an idea has been submitted you are giving UKRI-BBSRC permission to develop the idea in any way it sees appropriate. This may include further development by BBSRC staff working with the submitter and inviting other people to lead and/or be involved development of the idea.

Submission template

Bioscience Big Ideas submission template (DOCX 50KB)

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Submission guidance and FAQs

GDPR statement

All personal data provided to BBSRC (as part of UK Research and Innovation) in connection to Bioscience Big Ideas Pipeline (BBIP) and submitted by email on the Word template will be processed in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and the EU General Data Protection Regulations 2016/679 (GDPR) where appropriate. The personal information that you provide on this form which will only be used for the processing of your submission. The information will be viewed by UKRI-BBSRC staff and those who are part of the reviewing process. Your information will not be used/shared for any other purpose without your specific consent. Further information on how we use personal data, and how you can exercise your rights as a data subject, can be found on this webpage, the submission guidance and FAQs and the UK Research and Innovation: Privacy Notice. UKRI-BBSRC reserves the right to publish and share anonymized aggregated information with stakeholders.

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