Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: BBSRC enterprise fellowships

Apply for funding to create a business, building on your previous BBSRC-funded research.

The fellowship provides:

  • a year’s salary to provide time to develop a full business plan and seek investment
  • access to mentors, business experts and professional advisors
  • tailored business training to help develop the required skills.

This opportunity is open to UK researchers.

This is also available as a part-time opportunity.

Who can apply

This call is open to all UK researchers who are seeking to create a business building on BBSRC funded research – postdoctoral researchers, fellows, lecturers, professors and so on.

You will need to be able to demonstrate that your application draws substantially on the outputs of a previous peer-reviewed research grant or another type of substantial BBSRC investment.

What we're looking for

We are seeking applications from researchers aiming to deliver impact through the commercialisation of BBSRC-funded research through the creation of a business.

Examples of eligibility to apply for an enterprise fellowship

Applicants need to evidence that they have received funding from BBSRC in areas such as the following:

  • BBSRC responsive mode or follow-on funding
  • Investments such as the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform and BBSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centres.

How to apply

You will need to apply via the Royal Society of Edinburgh website through their online application form.

How we will assess your application

Applications to the scheme are checked for eligibility. They then go through two stages, shortlisting and interviews.

Following interviews successful candidates are awarded an enterprise fellowship.

Notification of the outcome is generally provided within a week of the interview by the RSE.

Contact details

To check eligibility to apply for a BBSRC-funded enterprise fellowship please contact David Hendry at BBSRC.


Queries regarding the application process should be directed towards Hannah Chater at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


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