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Excellence with Impact

The call for applications is closed. The current competition runs from 2013 to 2015.

Winner and runners-up of the competition will be announced on 18 May 2016 at Fostering Innovation 2016.


The Excellence with Impact competition aims to recognise institutions that can develop and successfully deliver a vision for maximising impact, alongside a relevant institution-wide culture change.

The winning organisation will receive an award of £0.5M and there will be a further £0.5M available to be awarded at judges' discretion to highly commended runners up.


  • To encourage research organisations (ROs) to develop a vision that supports a wide range of impacts arising from their research
  • To encourage ROs to drive forward a strategy that maximises impacts that could arise from their research
  • To support ROs in embedding their agenda to deliver impact from their research
  • To stimulate and enhance relationships between BBSRC and participating ROs
  • To showcase to users of our research and other strategic partners those ROs that are actively encouraging impact arising from their excellent research
  • To recognise and reward efforts by all members of a RO to maximise the social and economic impact of BBSRC-funded bioscience research

"These awards recognise the impact of bioscience both on the economy and society, through driving innovation, training highly-skilled people, improving businesses and public services and attracting foreign investment."

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts


The competition was open to:

  • research organisations whose total value of BBSRC grants live on 1 April 2012 exceeded £5M (see eligible institutions download below)
  • all BBSRC strategically funded institutes

Application downloads

Frequently asked questions – Final (PDF 125KB)

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Terms and conditions (PDF 92KB)

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Excellence with Impact assessment plan (PDF 65KB)

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Application timeline

Expression of interest deadline 31 January 2013
Vision deadline 31 May 2013
Mid-term review 1 December 2014
Final report 1 December 2015
Panel interviews 10 February 2016
Excellence with Impact award event 18 May 2016