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BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account | Internal Pump-priming funding call 2021

BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account

Internal Pump-priming funding call 2021

Call open: 18th January 2021

Call closes: 4pm on 1st March 2021

Awards of up to £40,000 per application


The University of Cambridge has been awarded an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) by the BBSRC to facilitate the impact agenda, including forging new collaborations with industry and strengthening external non-academic collaborations. Funding is available for pump-priming projects to support knowledge exchange and early-stage commercialisation projects to progress research outputs and outcomes to the point at which further translational funding can be sought.


Funding is open to Principal Investigators employed within a University department who currently hold or have previously held BBSRC funding.


Pump-priming projects should enable impact to be achieved in an effective and timely manner, and can be used for a wide range of activities, including but not limited to:

·       Funding for proof-of-concept studies and/or trials

·       Developing ways to enable potential users to understand the benefits of novel ideas or technologies, e.g. initial product design, developing virtual demonstrations, prototypes etc.

·       Providing access to expertise to enable exploitation and commercialisation, such as undertaking  market intelligence, understanding the regulatory landscape, or establishing early stage freedom to operate

·       Secondments and people exchange to build partnerships and enable knowledge exchange


Applicants for IAA pump-priming funding are required to present a case for support that includes clear objectives and outputs for the proposed work, as well as identifying further routes for development and potential leverage of further funding. 


Applications will be assessed on their relevance to the specific BBSRC IAA pump-priming project objectives, sustainability through identification of potential future funding and the involvement of an industrial partner. 


The cross-disciplinary panel will review applications to award funding in March 2021 with a view to projects commencing in April 2021 subject to the appropriate agreements being in place, with expenditure on projects completed by 31st December 2021.



If you have any questions regarding the BBSRC IAA internal pump-priming call or to request the application pack please contact the Bioscience Impact Team

Posted on 18/01/2021

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