Exploring Innovation Seminars

Call status: Open
Application deadline: apply at any time


We are supporting the delivery of events to facilitate discussion and improve awareness of knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) of BBSRC-funded research. These events provide an opportunity for research organisations to showcase best practice in KEC and how this leads to economic and societal impact.


BBSRC has a responsibility to enable the optimal and successful application of the excellent research and capabilities it funds. It must ensure the widest benefit to society and the economy both within and beyond the UK. Application may lead to direct financial impact through commercialisation or, more commonly, through the development of research outcomes to deliver wider benefit in a range of different areas of society and the economy.

It is therefore essential for researchers to take into account all intellectual assets associated with research activity in order to maximise impact. Please see our Knowledge exchange and commercialisation policy (see downloads) for more details.

Possible seminar format and content

  • A half day with networking and panel discussion
  • Academic staff and academic-related colleagues involved in developing the programme and encouraging attendance
  • Audience/speakers could include academic staff, university business development staff, knowledge exchange professionals, technology transfer specialists, patent attorneys, KTP advisors and representatives of life sciences businesses

Possible topics for discussion

  • Case studies of practical approaches for working with business and other user organisations
  • Research organisation strategy and policies surrounding intellectual asset management
  • Practical and flexible approaches to achieve greater impact:
    • Intellectual property rights in biological sciences (including when to patent, when to publish)
    • Spin out/license/consultancy/collaborative R&D
    • Open innovation
    • Social enterprise
  • BBSRC support and funding mechanisms for KEC
  • Networking and sharing of best practice

Alternative format and content is welcome.

The sessions should be constructed in such a way that demonstrates the underlying principles of BBSRC KEC policy.

Costs and eligibility

We will contribute up to £2,000 in grants towards costs of external speakers, room booking, time spent in organising the event and other reasonable costs. The cost of lunch and refreshments will not be covered. This initiative is open to institutes strategically funded by BBSRC and HEIs.

A BBSRC speaker may be available, free of charge, on request.

How to apply

  • Complete an application form (see below)
  • Email your application form to business.unit@bbsrc.ukri.org
  • Applications will be assessed within 4 weeks

Application downloads


Invoicing and reporting

  • Please provide participant feedback to help us tailor the delivery of this initiative (back page of seminar report form, see below)
  • After the event submit a completed report form along with participant feedback and an invoice for costs to business.unit@bbsrc.ukri.org
  • Invoices will be paid upon receipt of a completed seminar report form
Seminar report and feedback form (DOCX 99KB)You may need to download additional plug-ins to open this file.

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