You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S) before 4pm on the day of the deadline.
When applying select:
- council: BBSRC
- document type: standard proposal*
- scheme: responsive mode
- call/type/mode: select appropriate call
*Please note that you do not need to indicate on Je-S if your proposal aligns to a current Responsive Mode spotlight. Alignment to spotlight areas will be identified and monitored by the office.
If you are applying for the new investigator, State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), LINK or industrial partnership awards, you should also select ‘grant type’ in the document menu and then select the relevant classification: new investigator, FAPESP, LINK or industrial partnership award.
Applications for LINK and industrial partnership awards should also be accompanied by letters from the institution’s technology transfer office and from the industry partner outlining the terms, value and benefits of the partnership.
You must nominate the relevant BBSRC research committee to review your application. Our scientifically qualified staff will check your choice and make a final decision on which research committee should peer review your application.
We recommend that you apply well before the latest deadlines, these are listed in the timeline.
See the Je-S handbook for advice on completing applications to BBSRC.
Please read the full BBSRC guidance for applicants before applying.
Applying with Brazilian partners
For applications under the FAPESP agreement, you must apply with a joint proposal for both partners and include:
- a covering letter confirming the proposal is to be considered under the BBSRC-FAPESP agreement (see UKRI-FAPESP lead agency agreement guidance (PDF, 260KB))
- CVs of all named researchers in both countries
- a FAPESP-consolidated budget spreadsheet completed by the São Paulo researchers included as a letter of support in Je-S
- a completed FAPESP research proposal form included as a letter of support in Je-S
Attachments: specific guidance for this funding opportunity
For all forms and CVs, all submissions must:
- adhere to the stipulated page limits
- use standard font (size: 11 point. We recommend the use of Arial, Helvetica or Verdana typeface)
- use standard margin sizes (not less than 2 centimetres)
This excludes text on diagrams and the use of mathematical symbols.
A minimum of single line spacing and standard character spacing must be used.
Applications that do not adhere to these guidelines may be rejected. We recommend that where a document contains any non-standard fonts (scientific notation, diagrams, and so on) and that the document is converted to PDF prior to attaching it to the proposal.
As part of UK Research and Innovation’s commitment to the principles of San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), publication references within the application should be provided as Digital Object Identifiers wherever possible.
Case for support, including track record
Can be up to 8 sides of A4, including references, figures etc.
The suggested track record page length is 1 to 2 pages with the remaining pages being used for the scientific case. The case for support must be self-contained, external links are not permitted.
The track record should provide a summary of the results and conclusions of your recent work in the technological or scientific area that is covered by the research proposal. Include reference to both BBSRC-funded and non BBSRC-funded work.
Details of past collaborative work with industry and, or, with other beneficiaries should be given.
Indicate where your previous work has contributed to the UK’s economic competitiveness or to improving the quality of life and outline the specific expertise available for the research at the host organisation and that of any associated organisations.
CVs (up to 2 sides of A4 each)
- required for all named applicants and named research staff only
- not required for named technicians
Please note that as part of our commitment to the DORA, BBSRC applicants 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 individual scientist’s contributions.