Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: BBSRC Business and Academia Prosperity Partnership

Apply for funding to support established research partnerships between business and academic institutions.

Bids must be led by the business lead at the outline stage. Business leads must be:

  • UK-based or have UK-based research activity
  • in the private sector driven by profit, or from an organisation with a commercial arm which generates independent revenue
  • able to contribute to the UK national prosperity through increasing their investment in research and development activities and subsequent product, service or technology development.

BBSRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost (100% for skills and talent training costs).

Your project can be up to five years.

Who can apply

Business organisations

At the ‘outline stage’, bids must be led by the business lead (the primary business partner in the partnership). However, the submission of the documentation will be undertaken through the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system by the academic lead partner.

Businesses can act as the ‘business lead’ if they are:

  • a UK-based business or have UK-based research activity
  • a business in the private sector driven by profit, or from an organisation with a commercial arm which generates independent revenue
  • able to contribute to the UK national prosperity through increasing their investment in research and development activities and subsequent product, service or technology development in the UK.

Businesses may be a contributor to other bids as a project partner. Other businesses can collaborate in the partnership as project partners, but the majority of the matched contribution is expected from the business lead.

Academic organisations

Research organisations can act as ‘academic lead’ (the primary academic partner in the partnership) if they are eligible to receive research council funding. The following organisations are eligible:

  • UK higher education institutions
  • research council institutes
  • UKRI-approved independent research organisations
  • public sector research establishments
  • NHS bodies with research capacity.

Check if your institution is eligible for research and innovation funding.

If your bid is successful, the grant will be awarded to the lead academic partner, and they will manage the funding and project on behalf of all academic partners. A research organisation may lead or partner on more than one bid, and bids may comprise more than one research organisation.

At the ‘full proposal stage’, bids will be submitted by the academic lead via the Je-S system.

Primary investigators

This programme has a ‘business principal investigator’ and an ‘academic principal investigator’. In Je-S, the principal investigator will be notified as the academic one, but all assessment stages will consider both principal investigators.

Check if you’re eligible for BBSRC funding as an investigator.

The suitability of both the business and academic principal investigator to lead the Prosperity Partnership will be assessed during the outline stage.

Any proposal related to a previously unsuccessful grant application to any UKRI research council must comply with BBSRC’s resubmission policy (see BBSRC’s research grants guide). You are advised to contact BBSRC prior to submitting an application, if you are concerned that your project may be considered a resubmission. Applications that are deemed to constitute uninvited resubmissions will be rejected prior to assessment.

Resubmissions will only be considered where they have been explicitly invited by a committee or panel for resubmission, or if the application has changed substantially in terms of objectives or work to be carried out. In which case, permission from the BBSRC office must be obtained prior to submission and the application must include a covering letter declaring it as a resubmission and detailing the modifications which merit its reconsideration.

If your proposal is based on a prior EPSRC Prosperity Partnership submission in any way, please contact BBSRC before progressing an application.

What we're looking for

Business-led, co-created and co-delivered

The Prosperity Partnerships funding opportunity aims to fund business-led research that arises from an industrial need, with the work being co-delivered between the business and academic partners.

The opportunity is aimed at supporting excellent, world-leading discovery research and innovation, which has clear benefit to the businesses involved, resulting in accelerated impact arising from the new knowledge, innovations or technologies.

Co-creation of the research programme is essential. BBSRC expects programmes funded through this opportunity to:

  • drive forward shared research challenges
  • demonstrate impact beyond the partners
  • provide benefits to the businesses involved.

The programme should contribute positively to the overall strategic partnership framework which exists between the parties.

It should be clear that both the business and academic researchers are making distinct intellectual contributions to the partnership.

Where an individual is discharging responsibilities within both a business and a research organisation (for example, as a consequence of being involved in university spin-outs) clarity on separation of duties and managing conflicts of interest is essential.

If the proposal is deemed appropriate for BBSRC support, a collaboration agreement will be requested before the grant is authorised.

Strategic considerations

The research challenges to be addressed in the Prosperity Partnership should:

  • be relevant to stimulating innovation aimed at tackling major problems faced by the UK and the world
  • drive capability in key technologies and scientific advancements.

BBSRC recognises that the specific outcomes will be unique to each project, but you should consider how you might:

  • deliver new or improved products or services
  • drive efficiencies or cost reductions
  • enable expansion to new sectors or markets while also jointly authoring high-impact publications.

Ultimately, the project should seek to provide economic impact and prosperity that wouldn’t exist without the partnership.


BBSRC seeks to foster greater collaboration and networking between researchers, business and civic bodies to deliver research, skills and innovation vital to the long-term prosperity of communities and regions of the UK.

While not an assessment criterion, we encourage you to consider and articulate how your partnership potentially aligns and supports both industrial and civic ambitions or priorities for regional economies.

Where applicable, you are also asked to demonstrate what place-based outcomes might be expected to arise from your projects, both in the short and longer term. These may include (but are not restricted to):

  • local and regional economic growth, skills development, job creation or retention
  • critical mass activities leading to increased private investment, including foreign direct investment, in a specific place
  • contributions to cluster development through, for example, knowledge diffusion, supply chain development, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) growth, generation or growth of spin outs.

Responsible innovation

You are expected to work within the UKRI framework for responsible innovation.

You should consider and implement plans for responsible innovation throughout the research project, and include details of these plans in the application, including specific actions that will be taken.

International collaboration

Applicants planning to include international collaborators on their proposal should view our trusted research guidance on getting the most out of international collaboration whilst protecting intellectual property, sensitive research and personal information.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

BBSRC recognises that excellence in science requires diversity and equality to promote innovation and creativity. To do so effectively, all available talent must be harnessed. We expect equality and diversity to be an integral part, at all levels of research practices as a part of our funding portfolio.

BBSRC seeks to ensure that equality principles are applied to all funding activities, and considers that no one should be excluded or hindered from a career in science because of their sex, ethnic background, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy or maternity, marriage, or civil partnership (protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010).

We are committed to supporting the research community, offering a range of flexible options which allow you to design a package that fits your research goals, career and personal circumstances. Therefore, these aspects should be strongly ingrained into the projects proposed for this opportunity. One common approach is to reference institutional strategies and policies related to equality, diversity and inclusion and indicate that the Prosperity Partnership would be delivered in alignment with these activities.

Learn more about our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy.


The primary balance of research and innovation should be focused on bioscience and biotechnology which covers BBSRC’s remit (at least 50%). Other research and innovation areas supported by UKRI may be included if they clearly strengthen the research, innovation or partnership.

BBSRC encourages multidisciplinary research and recognises that many Prosperity Partnerships will involve multidisciplinary research and innovation. For example, EPSRC’s Prosperity Partnership scheme has been highly successful and has funded 47 partnerships to date. BBSRC has supported and co-invested at least £3.5 million in several of these partnerships to date.

Business and academic leads should ensure that:

  • the business and academic partners have a demonstrable, established and research-based relationship
  • there are clear plans to evolve this relationship via user-inspired shared research challenges and the Prosperity Partnership is a key component of the plans to evolve and strengthen this relationship
  • both partners are committed to the co-creation of a jointly delivered large scale research programme at technology readiness levels (TRL) one to four
  • the business and academic partners can commit to leveraging BBSRC funding for the Prosperity Partnership with at least a matched contribution in cash (in-kind contributions are permitted but cannot form part of the matched component)
  • a definitive list of eligible cash contributions is set out in the ‘Definitive list of eligible cash contributions for business leads and partners’ section
  • no UKRI, public or government funding will be used as leverage and be able to clearly demonstrate an auditable transfer during the grant duration.

The business lead partner must be:

  • from a business in the private sector driven by profit, or from an organisation with a commercial arm which generates independent revenue
  • in a position to contribute to the nation’s prosperity through increasing their investment in UK based research and development activities and subsequent product development in the UK.

The topic of the research and innovation programme is primarily focused on bioscience and biotechnology within BBSRC’s remit. Multidisciplinary projects are welcomed and funding from other UKRI councils may be sought as long as more than 50% of the topics or work lies within BBSRC’s remit. This will be built into the assessment process and BBSRC will provide indications to relevant councils immediately after ‘outline stage’ approvals).

Matched cash contribution

BBSRC funding is at 80% of the full economic cost with exceptions for skills and talent training costs (100% full economic cost).

The funding provided by BBSRC must be (as a minimum) matched with commercially generated revenue in cash by the business lead (in single lead bids). In multi-partner bids, this contribution can be collectively provided, but the majority has to come from a single business lead.

Cash contributions will count against the matched contribution.

A definitive list of cash contributions can be found in the ‘Definitive list of eligible cash contributions for business leads and partners’ section. Any contribution from business or other project partners not included in the cash contribution list will count as ‘in-kind’.

BBSRC is happy to discuss contribution details prior to submission.

Where a Prosperity Partnership has a single business lead

The full matched cash contribution (as a minimum) should be provided by the business lead.

Where a Prosperity Partnership has multiple business partners

The combined cash contributions from the business partners must, at a minimum, match the BBSRC funding. The majority of this matched funding is required to be provided by the primary business lead for the partnership.

It is permissible for the lead business to provide the entirety of the matched cash contribution and also have additional project partner contributions. Once the matched cash contribution has been reached, additional contributions can be in cash or in-kind.

For both single and multiple partner Prosperity Partnerships, there can be complex arrangements and objectives. Where appropriate and necessary, BBSRC would be happy to consider and potentially discuss any necessary elements of proposals prior to submission.

All bids

Cash contributions from all partners can exceed the matched cash contribution project requirement.

In-kind contributions are any non-cash contribution from business, academic or other project partners not included in the definitive list of eligible match contributions. In-kind contributions such as data, software, management time and facilities access are strongly encouraged and can help show additional and varied business commitments to ensure the success of the project. However, they will not count towards the matched cash contributions, but are strongly encouraged.

Any academic partner cash contributions (including those of the academic lead) will not contribute to the matched cash funding project requirement.

No UKRI or other UK government money, as part of baseline funding or otherwise, may be used or included to form part of the matched cash contribution requirement.

BBSRC will not mandate a specific audit format for the business contributions to a project. However, a formal record must be produced upon request. This must be able to demonstrate a continuous auditable cash transfer, or staff time-record, by the business partner per year in each year of the programme.

As an exception, requests for skills and talent training are covered at 100% full economic cost, so these need to be costed appropriately and considered for total matching of grant funding by the business partner.

Definitive list of eligible cash contributions for business leads and partners

The following is the definitive list of eligible cash contributions. These are in addition to providing an auditable cash transfer to the academic organisations.

BBSRC expects the time of researchers, postdoctoral research associates, technicians, business-funded doctoral students and the project manager to be fully costed onto projects depending on how much time a person would spend on it.

In the application, it is expected that the role and responsibilities of costed persons are detailed and it is demonstrated clearly how their experience and skills are linked to work packages and outcomes. The appropriateness of the time devoted to the project will be assessed in the panel interview and peer review (at the full proposal stage).

Gross salary can be claimed as matched funding (that is, including indirect costs such as pension, National Insurance and taxes) but not business overheads or profits. The salary of a single member of staff (researcher, postdoctoral research associates or project manager) can be covered in partnership by the business lead and BBSRC funds in a ratio that best suits the project.

Below we state the eligible cash contributions for business leads and partners

Researcher salaries

All or part of the pro rata, gross salary cost associated with researchers employed by universities (including co-investigators).

Postdoctoral research associates’ salaries

All or part of the gross salary cost associated with research associates employed by research organisations to work exclusively on the Prosperity Partnership.

Research associates can also be employed directly by the businesses in the partnership and the appropriately costed gross salary can be claimed as a cash contribution depending on how much time the person spends on the Prosperity Partnership.

Professional project manager salaries

Pro rata gross salary cost of a professional project manager.

Technician salaries

Pro rata gross salary cost of technicians.

Software licences

New software licences needed for the project and their maintenance cost for the duration of the grant. Software licences or intellectual property (IP) owned by the business which are already accessible by the partners will apply at marginal cost, not at market rate.

New equipment

Equipment may be sought as part of the Prosperity Partnership and the equipment requested must be necessary to the successful delivery of the proposed research.

Items of multiple-use equipment (where the equipment is necessary for the pursuit of the proposed research but will not be fully occupied on it) may also be sought.

The application must set out the other proposed uses and explain the overall benefit to BBSRC science of the equipment investment being sought. Find out more in the BBSRC research grants guide.

Equipment produced by the business

Equipment produced by the business is only claimable at the cost of manufacture (not market) rate.

Access to equipment and facilities

Access to specific equipment and facilities critical to achieve the outcomes of the project. If the facility is based at the academic or business lead’s facility, the cash contribution will be valued at cost.

Facilities development

Facilities development can be an eligible business cash contribution if the upgrade will increase the capability of the facilities with specific benefit to the proposed work. This contribution must be justified in addition to any estate costs already factored in. Any facilities development contributions require discussion with BBSRC prior to submission.

Business cash donation

Business cash donations which will be provided to the partner universities, for the universities to manage in line with the project objectives.

Skills and talent training

Extra skills and talent training to support doctoral and research Masters studentships, higher apprenticeships, continuing professional development of the project’s research and innovation team, exchanges and secondments. Skills and talent training may be up to a maximum of 20% of the matching contribution.

Skills and talent training

Workforce development plan

The workforce development plan will set out your aims, objectives, future actions and anticipated outcomes for developing an excellent, inclusive and supported team with the right people and the right skills to deliver the strategic objectives of the proposed Prosperity Partnership.

It will describe any other added value actions the partnership will take to develop skills in the wider research and innovation community. The plan will set out what resources will be required and deployed to meet these goals.

It will consider:

  • the team of people needed to lead, implement and support the Prosperity Partnership’s work streams
  • the depth and breadth of skills in the current team and how skills gaps will be addressed through continuing professional development or new recruitment
  • the diversity profile of the team and measures to address any identified social and demographic imbalances
  • opportunities for added value activities to train the next generation of researchers, technical specialists, entrepreneurs and innovators.

BBSRC is making available a Flexible Talent Development Account (FTDA) for you to bid into in support of your workforce development plan. The plan should include details of any FTDA funds you wish to apply for and the scalability of these activities.

Flexible Talent Development Account

To meet the ambitions of the workforce plan, a FTDA is being made available. This fund will be competitively awarded to applicants based on the strength of the workforce plan statement, and the impact and feasibility of the activities planned to support it.

The FTDA may be used to support, for example, doctoral and research Masters studentships, higher apprenticeships, continuing professional development of the project’s research and innovation team, exchanges and secondments, and the development of training resources.

It may be targeted to the core team assembled to deliver the Prosperity Partnership, or for the purpose of developing new talent for the sector at all levels and in all roles needed.

The planned activities must indicate scalability on three levels:

  • the core FTDA bid (for a notional budget of £200,000)
  • a +10% funding scenario
  • a -10% funding scenario.

If successful in this FTDA application, BBSRC will decide on the scale of activities under these scenarios to fund.

Note that any requests for doctoral or research Masters studentships or higher apprenticeships must ensure that the projects allocated to these trainees will not be critical to the successful delivery of the Prosperity Partnership’s strategic objectives.

For any doctoral studentships requested, BBSRC expects that they receive cohort-based training by either aligning them with existing doctoral investments within the research organisation (for example, a Doctoral Training Partnerships or Collaborative Training Partnership) or through new plans in this Prosperity Partnership for cohort-based training. Details of these approaches will be required.

FTDAs will be allocated to successful Prosperity Partnerships on a competitive basis following peer review by an expert panel. FTDA funds will only be awarded if:

  • the Prosperity Partnership application as a whole is approved for funding
  • the workforce development plan and its associated FTDA bid are also approved for funds.

No matter how strong the FTDA component, these funds cannot be awarded in the event of the overall Prosperity Partnership being unsuccessful.

FTDAs will be awarded as either BBSRC training grants (through the grants system) in line with standard terms and conditions, and will be profiled accordingly. The practicalities of how grants will be awarded will be provided to successful applications.


Applicants that receive an FTDA award will be required to provide an update of their activities through the Prosperity Partnership reporting and monitoring process. All outputs should be recorded through Researchfish. Further reporting may be required following the award, as requested by government or UKRI.

Funding available and timeframe

The full funding amount of up to £11 million will be delivered in a single round with projects being up to five years in length.

BBSRC funding is at 80% full economic costs with exceptions for skills and talent training costs (100% full economic cost).

Requested funds may include:

  • staff costs
  • equipment and other items required to carry out the project
  • costs related to impact
  • travel and subsistence
  • skills and talent training costs.

Please see the BBSRC research grants guide for guidance on equipment funding.

How to apply

Submitting an outline application

You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.

We recommend you start your application early. You can save completed details in Je-S at any time and return to continue your application later.

When applying, select ‘documents’, then ‘new document’ then:

  • council: BBSRC
  • doc type: outline proposal
  • scheme: standard outlines
  • call/type/mode: 2022 BBSRC Prosperity Partnerships Outlines.

Once you have completed your application, make sure you ‘create document’.

You can find advice on completing your application in the Je-S handbook.

Your host organisation will also be able to provide advice and guidance on completing your application.

BBSRC must receive your outline application by 8 September 2022.

You will not be able to apply after this time. Please leave enough time for your proposal to pass through your organisation’s Je-S submission route before this date.

Guidance on the types of support that may be sought, and advice on the completion of the research proposal forms, are given in the BBSRC research grants guide. This should be consulted when preparing all proposals.

Four types of document should be submitted for the ‘outline stage’ application through Je-S:

  • outline document: document type ‘case for support’
  • outline budget: document type ‘other attachment’
  • primary investigators CVs: document type ‘CV’
  • cover letter: document type ‘proposal cover letter’.

Documents must be within the length limitation.

Outline document

Six pages maximum.

The document must be structured using the outline document template (DOCX, 26KB). You will be asked to describe:

  • the existing partners relationship
  • the vision and ambition, and national and regional importance
  • the additionality and added value
  • your leadership and team track records, management and governance
  • your benefits realisation plan
  • any skills and talent training required (if applicable).

The template includes guidance on how to complete each of its sections.

The length of each section can be tailored by the project leaders, but the final document can be up to six pages. When submitting through Je-S, select ‘case for support’ as the attachment type.

Outline budget

One page maximum.

This document must be structured using the outline budget template (DOCX, 23KB).

Specific details of the matched contributions may not be available at this stage. Therefore, a 10% variation, in addition to a shift in the breakdown across headings, is accepted in the total of the project value from the outline stage and the full proposal stage. All contributions will be validated again at full proposal stage.

When submitting through Je-S, select ‘other attachment’ as the attachment type.

Principal investigator CVs

One page per CV maximum.

Up to one page each for the business and academic lead principal investigators. This should convey your ability to lead a programme of this size and number of stakeholders.

Please include only information relevant to the Prosperity Partnership.

When submitting through Je-S, select ‘CV’ as the attachment type.

Cover letter

This will not be assessed. One page maximum.

When submitting through Je-S, select ‘proposal cover letter’ as the attachment type.

The cover letter must include a confirmation statement from the business lead that they will be leading the project, dated and signed by a relevant representative from the business.

Although BBSRC does not expect confidential information at this stage, project partners can highlight conflicts or information we should be aware of.

PDF attachments

You should attach your documents as PDFs to avoid errors. They should be completed in single-spaced size 11 Arial font.

How we will assess your application

Assessment process

The Prosperity Partnership assessment process will be undertaken in two stages:

  • outline stage consisting of:
    •  a BBSRC strategic appraisal panel
    • a specialist interview panel
  • full proposal stage, with a strategic prioritisation panel.

Outline stage

Outline applications will first be strategically appraised by BBSRC, and shortlisted applicants will be invited to a specialist interview panel for assessment and ranking.

Full proposal stage

Successful proposals from the outline stage will be invited to the full proposal stage. Proposals will be assessed by postal peer review and will be ranked via a prioritisation panel.

Assessment criteria for the outline stage: internal BBSRC panel

The purpose of the internal panel is to strategically appraise proposals based upon their strategic relevance to bioscience and biotechnology, and more broadly to relevant aspects of UKRI-BBSRC and UK government strategies.

The panel members will use the submitted documents for the outline stage (outline document, outline budget and CVs, but not the cover letter).

Existing relationship

We will be looking for:

  • clear evidence of a well-established research-based relationship between business and academic lead partners with demonstrable benefits achieved to date
  • well considered plans for growing the relationship within and beyond the Prosperity Partnership. The existing relationship will be assessed relative to the business lead organisation
  • ‘substantial’ or ‘long-term’ collaborations and partnerships may look different for a SME or spin-out company than they do for a large multinational.

Vision and ambition, and national importance

We will be looking for:

  • an appropriate vision and ambition for the Prosperity Partnership. Evidence that the proposed business-led research programme is positioned at TRL one to four
  • clear evidence of how the Prosperity Partnership will bring benefits to the UK economy and the research base, and address national and international strategies, including those of the business or businesses involved.

Outline budget

We will be looking for an outline budget which sets out the BBSRC funding and appropriate business and academic cash and ‘in-kind’ contributions to the programme.

Skills and talent training (where appropriate)

We will consider the quality of skills and talent training, and appropriateness for alignment with the Prosperity Partnership.

Assessment criteria for the outline stage: specialist interview panel

The purpose of the specialist interview panel is to provide a recommendation to BBSRC on which proposals should be invited to the full proposal stage.

They will rank proposals based on the assessment criteria  set out below. In particular, they will evaluate the:

  • robustness of the plans
  • shared vision and ambition
  • genuine and credible partnership between business and academic leads.

The panel will be composed of business and academic members across the broad remit of relevant sectors, or who have significant experience of delivering successful business-academia partnerships.

Assessment criteria

Vision and ambition

You must demonstrate:

  • a clear business-led vision and ambition, with a programme of work that has been developed in partnership in a co-created manner
  • evidence of how this vision will be achieved and how the partnership will contribute to regional, national and international strategies
  • coherence and relevance of the work packages in line with the vision.
Additionality and added value

You must demonstrate:

  • evidence of the additionality and added value of a Prosperity Partnership
  • clear evidence of the buy-in from business partners and co-creation of the proposed business-inspired fundamental research programme.
Applicants’ leadership and appropriateness of the team

You must demonstrate:

  • appropriateness of the leadership team with evidence of joint working between business and the academic principal investigator
  • clear plans for joint leadership
  • how you approached the design and makeup of the team’s skills and competencies in order to address the vision and ambition of the programme.
Impact (secondary)

You must demonstrate:

  • how this Prosperity Partnership will deliver the benefits identified
  • clear plans to maximise translation and impact arising from the partnership
  • plans for ‘responsible research and innovation’.
Management and governance (secondary)

You must demonstrate appropriateness of the management and governance arrangements, commensurate with the scale of the programme.

Skills and talent training (where appropriate)

You must demonstrate the quality of skills and talent training, and appropriateness for alignment with the Prosperity Partnership.

Moving forward after the outline stage

The panel interview will provide a recommendation to BBSRC based on a rank ordered list in quality priority order. BBSRC will make a decision on which proposals to invite to the full proposal based on panel outcome.

If necessary, demand will be managed accordingly at this stage, with invites to submit a full proposal potentially balanced against the available budget to attempt to avoid nugatory effort.

Full proposals will be submitted by the lead academic research organisation via Je-S.

Detailed guidance on preparing and submitting full proposals will be provided to those applicants invited to submit.

Full proposals should include the following documents:

  • proposal form
  • case for support (track record, management and governance)
  • justification of resources
  • work plan
  • CVs of key personnel where relevant
  • project partner support letters
  • institutional support letters
  • equipment documents
  • contingency for equipment (upon invitation by BBSRC only).

The assessment criteria for the full proposal stage are:

  • quality of proposed research
  • importance
  • applicants, partnership and appropriateness of team
  • resources and management
  • monitoring, evaluation and benefits realisation.

Intellectual property

Given that strategic partnership arrangements should already exist between partners, BBSRC expects that collaboration agreements and arrangements for the management of intellectual property (IP) will be in place ahead of the submission of a full proposal.

BBSRC will not specify terms for collaboration agreements or IP arrangements but expects any agreements to recognise the significant amount of public funding being invested in the programme.

You may wish to consult the Lambert Toolkit guidance published by the Intellectual Property Office (GOV.UK).

Guidance for reviewers

The panels will be run in accordance with BBSRC peer review policy and principles.

Panel members will have access to the opportunity document and the documentation submitted to BBSRC (outline document, outline budget and CVs but not the cover letter).

Panel members will be asked to refer to the assessment criteria as described earlier and the reviewer forms will reflect this.

Guidance on journal-based metrics

As part of our commitment to support the recommendations and principles set out by the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), UKRI reviewers and panel members are advised not to use journal-based metrics, such as journal impact factors, as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles, to assess an investigator’s contributions, or to make funding decisions.

The content of a paper is more important than publication metrics, or the identity of the journal, in which it was published, especially for early-stage researchers. Reviewers and panel members are encouraged to consider the value and impact of all research outputs (including datasets, software, inventions, patents, preprints and other commercial activities) in addition to research publications.

We advise our peer reviewers and panel members to consider a broad range of impact measures, including qualitative indicators of research impact, such as influence on policy and practice.

Contact details

Get help with developing your proposal

For help and advice on costings and writing your proposal, please contact your research office in the first instance, allowing sufficient time for your organisation’s submission process.

Ask about this funding opportunity

Alastair Gibbons, Senior Portfolio Manager

Business Interaction Unit


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Additional info

Responsible innovation

Responsible innovation creates spaces and processes to explore innovation and its consequences in an open, inclusive and timely way, going beyond consideration of ethics, public engagement, risk and regulation.

Innovation is a collective responsibility, where funders, researchers, interested and affected parties, including the public, all have an important role to play.

BBSRC is fully committed to develop and promote responsible innovation. Research has the ability to not only produce understanding, knowledge and value, but also unintended consequences, questions, ethical dilemmas and, at times, unexpected social transformations.

We recognise that we have a duty of care to promote approaches to responsible innovation that will initiate ongoing reflection about the potential ethical and societal implications of the research that we sponsor and to encourage our research community to do likewise.


Watch recording of BBSRC’s recent Prosperity Partnerships webinar on YouTube.

Supporting documents

Outline document template (DOCX, 26KB)

Outline budget template (DOCX, 23KB)

Budget examples eligible cash contributions (DOCX, 38KB)

Equality impact assessment (PDF, 195KB)

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