BBSRC has awarded Imperial an additional £100K and extended the award by one year to 31 March 2022. The additional funds must be used to fund new projects - the BBSRC particularly encourages the use of these to support the national response to Covid-19, including building future capability and resilience to disease outbreaks. However, this does not exclude other projects based on non-Covid related research to be submitted.

The BBSRC Open Call provides support for the College's academics to develop impact relevant activities which capitalise on the knowledge generated from BBSRC funded research and training grants. The resource can be used for a broad set of activities that deliver or promote the benefits of research and PhD training to a full range of end users across industry, the public sector and the third sector, such as:

  • Commercialisation of BBSRC-funded research outputs, e.g. funding small proof of concept studies.
  • Training of BBSRC-funded academics in knowledge exchange and commercialisation, e.g. hold internal business plan competitions or workshops.
  • Assessment for commercial potential of BBSRC-funded research outputs, e.g. carry out market surveys for new technologies.
  • Engagement of BBSRC-funded academics with relevant users of their research, e.g. hold showcase events to introduce businesses to applied research in BBSRC-funded academic groups or support short secondments to/from business.

The BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account can NOT be used for:

  • Patent filing or similar costs associated directly to registering intellectual property rights;
  • Non-specific Public Engagement activities and science communication (specific activities designed to have specific impact upon a specific public may be acceptable);
  • New research.
  • Undergraduate activities, core PhD training, masters degrees

For more details of the call and how to apply, please see the BBSRC IAA Open Call Guidance (pdf). Applicants must include a completed BBSRC IAA coversheet‌ (doc). Activities must be completed by 31 March 2022.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the necessary changes to the working environment, we are asking PIs to include a statement within their Case for Support considering the risks and potential disruption the ongoing pandemic may cause, and what measures will be implemented to mitigate these. 

BBSRC IAA Deadline Schedule


Closing Date 


5 October 2020 


30 November 2020


7 April 2021 


7 June 2021 (subject to remaining funds)


6 September 2021 (subject to remaining funds)