Working with business

BBSRC works with business and wider industry stakeholders

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) supports researchers, innovators, industry stakeholders and businesses in translating fundamental understanding of biological systems.

We collaborate with businesses, innovation stakeholders and partners across UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), including Innovate UK, to co-design, co-invest and co-deliver pre-competitive innovation programmes that ensure businesses can thrive in their collaborations with the UK’s world-leading research base.

Our ambition is to ensure that bioscience research and innovation is at the forefront of global opportunities and challenges to improve lives and boost economic growth.

How BBSRC works with business

At BBSRC we are passionate about supporting businesses through co-design, co-investment and co-delivery of investments in strategic, industrially relevant collaborative research and development programmes with the bioscience research base.

BBSRC work with and support others to work with a wide range of bioscience and biotechnology businesses as well as wider industry, UK government and innovation stakeholders. We do this in order to:

  • connect businesses to world-leading bioscience capability, expertise, and infrastructure across the UK
  • partner with businesses to design and invest together in strategic collaborative research and development programmes with the bioscience research base
  • work with businesses to nurture talent and meet diverse skills needs

We offer several different funding support mechanisms, including both responsive and strategic funding, to provide opportunities for businesses and wider industry stakeholders to collaborate with world-leading researchers across the UK. In doing so, you can develop new partnerships with internationally leading institutes, and gain access to world-leading expertise and facilities across the UK.

BBSRC have a dedicated team that is responsible for supporting and working with businesses. Within the team there are specialist leads that work with businesses across the full breadth of BBSRC’s strategic objectives and priority areas.

To find out in more detail how we can help you and to be put in touch with the right contact for your organisation, please contact us:

Our investments and impact

BBSRC has a strong track-record of working in partnership with our business and innovation stakeholder communities to develop exciting new funding opportunities in pre-competitive areas within bioscience and biotechnology.

We have long-lasting, strategic connections with businesses, innovation stakeholders and academic researchers across the breadth of BBSRC’s portfolio, and we make it our mission to help bring together businesses and wider industry stakeholders with world-leading researchers across the UK.

Find out more about BBSRC’s current funding opportunities.

Contact information

We would love to hear from you whether you have a specific question about BBSRC’s current funding opportunities or if you would like to get in touch to find out about how the team can support you.



Last updated: 24 January 2024

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