The College has had two BBSRC Impact Acceleration Accounts including an initial pilot in 2015 followed by a longer-term award from 2018-2022. Prior to the IAAs Imperial received funding from the BBSRC Sparking Impact Awards.

The objectives of the account were to:

  • Support the development of BBSRC funded research activity towards commercialisation of the outputs.
  • Translation of BBSRC funded research and knowledge to end user communities.
  • To increase the number of high quality case studies related to the direct and/or indirect impact of BBSRC science.

The following projects have been supported through the BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account:

Supported Projects 2020-21
Principal InvestigatorDepartmentProject Title
Professor James Moore Bioengineering Low-Trauma Cell Injection Syringe
Professor Simon Shultz Bioengineering An open source platform for two-photon targeted robotic patch-clamp physiology
Professor Gary Frost Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction Developing and testing products made with pea genetic variants on glucose homeostasis
Professor Molly Stevens Materials/Bioengineering Assessing the market for automated exosome characterisation
Professor Zoltan Takats Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction Trace level detection of microbiological contaminants in pharmaceutical environment using Laser Assisted Rapid Evaporative Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (LA-REIMS)
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Supported Projects 2019
Principal InvestigatorDepartmentProject Title
Professor George Christophides Life Sciences MozAPP
Dr Michalis Barkoulas Life Sciences Biological control of plant and livestock parasitic nematodes
Dr Tolga Bozkurt Life Sciences Combining three innovations to boost protein purification from plants
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Supported Projects 2018
Principal InvestigatorDepartmentProject Title
Professor Martin Buck Life Sciences Synthetic Nitrogen-fixing Nodules for sustainable agriculture (SynNod)
Professor Paul French Physics Open, modular, accessible, super-resolved microscopy
Dr Patrik Jones Life Sciences BIO-F - Sustainable provision of nutrients for agriculture using algae
Dr Becky Wilson FoNS Corporate Partnerships Bioscience Networking with Industry
Dr Tolga Bozkurt Life Sciences Expanding the potency of newly discovered, exogenous autophagy suppressing peptides for biopharming and research purposes
Dr Giovanni Sena Life Sciences Towards a novel root guidance system for intelligent agriculture
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Supported Projects 2015-16
Principal InvestigatorDepartmentProject Title
Dr Cleo Kontoravdi Chemical Engineering Evaluation and dissemination of computational tool for therapeutic protein quality prediction
Dr James McGinty Physics Novel platform for 3D optical mesoscopic imaging.To find out more about this project please see the case study
Dr Masahiro Ono Life Sciences GUI-based computational platform to decode and retrieve the time information inside the immune cells from novel transgenic reporter mouse. To find out more about this project please see the case study
Dr Konstantin Nikolic Bioengineering PyRhO: A Virtual Optogenetics Laboratory Creation of a Web Portal. To find out more about this project please see the case study
Dr Tom Ellis Bioengineering Expanding the Impact of the UK Synthetic Genomes Course 2016
Dr Giorgio Gilestro Life Sciences Improving the diffusion of Ethoscopes: an Open Source hardware and software toolkit for invertebrate neuroscience
Professor Sivaramesh Wigneshweraraj Medicine Validation studies on a potential target to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections caused by uropathogenic E Coli (jointly funded with MRC Confidence in Concept)
Professor Gad Frankel Life Sciences Evaluating bacterial mucinases as E Coli vaccine candidates
BBSRC IAA Projects

The following projects were supported through the older BBSRC Sparking Impact Award

Supported Projects 2013
Principal InvestigatorDepartmentProject Title
Dr Sarah Butcher Bioinformatics LabBook: A Digital Lab Notebook
Professor Tony Cass Chemistry Low-cost test for arsenic contamination of water in resource limited countries. To find out more about this project please see the case study
Professor Anthony Bull Bioengineering Osteoarthritis
Dr Aylin Hanyaloglu Surgery and Cancer Novel multi-colour super resolution imaging. To find out more about this project please see the case study
Professor Michael Sternberg Life Sciences Assessment of the commercial impact of software for rational enzyme design in synthetic biology
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