BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account

Research, Partnerships and Innovation are delighted to announce the launch of the BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) to help our most pioneering scientists create successful impact from their research, improve industrial collaboration and foster greater entrepreneurship.

The funding comes from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and is to support activities that follow on from BBSRC-funded research, delivering impact to the University, external organisations and the wider economy, such as turning research outputs into commercial propositions. External partners to IAA awards may include industry, government departments, charities, regional development agencies and not-for-profit agencies.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the BBSRC IAA Manager ( to discuss their project before applying.

Next application deadline: 12-noon Monday 19th April 2021

The BBSRC IAA expects to fund the following activities:

  • IAA: Exploratory Award (up to £30K), awarded annually. Typical activities may include but are not limited to feasibility studies, building partnerships, prototype construction. People exchange and industry partners.
  • IAA: Secondment (up to £20K). 1 awarded annually. Requires partner engagement. Intended to develop greater interaction with external partners. Please contact the IAA manager to discuss.
  • Impact Training and Events. The IAA team organises impact training and events regularly. Please get in touch to discuss any ideas for training and events fundable through the BBSRC IAA.


  • All IAA Awards must be based on existing or previous BBSRC funded projects. Covid-19-related projects are currently exempt from this requirement (but must still be within BBSRC remit).
  • The awards are intended to support early stage exploration of opportunities for the development of impact from previous BBSRC research investment, and typical activities may include (but are not limited to) feasibility studies, building relationships with external partners or end users, stakeholder engagement, exploration of market potential, secondments, pump priming and prototype construction. A successful award should directly lead to greater exploitation of the underlying BBSRC research.
  • Inclusion of a collaborating partner is encouraged; however, it is not a requirement for projects. Any external partner(s) must complete the section on their contribution to confirm their involvement and commitment (in-kind and/or cash contribution). A separate letter of support is not required from the partner.
  • Applications for COVID-19 related projects will need to submit the necessary HLS expression of interest form prior to applying for BBSRC IAA funding. (
  • All members of academic staff employed by the University of Liverpool and holding academic posts until at least March 2022 are eligible to apply. We welcome applications from all lecturers, senior lecturers, readers and professors, along with Early Career Researchers (ECRs) who are employed on the tenure track fellowship scheme or individuals holding an independent fellowship.  Please note, individuals holding post-doctoral research positions are not able to apply as sole applicant, but are encouraged to act as co-applicants on any IAA: Exploratory Award application.

All enquiries regarding the IAA scheme should be directed toDr Laurence Glennon-Alty