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Excellence with Impact

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


The finalists of Excellence with Impact were selected after interviews on 10 February 2016. The final 10 competing to win the competition are:

  • The University of Aberdeen
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Babraham Institute
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • John Innes Centre
  • University of Leeds
  • The University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford
  • Queen Mary University of London

Sir Gordon Duff, Chair of BBSRC Council and EwI Assessment Panel, said:

"The EwI Panel, which I had the pleasure of chairing with Professor Nessa Carey, was very impressed with the overall standard of entries to the competition, your enthusiastic participation and the impressive progress that has been achieved over the past three years. On behalf of the Panel, I would like to express my sincere thanks to you and your institution for having achieved significant return in raising standards and engaging with the ever-important impact agenda. We look forward very much to meeting you and your teams, including the Good Practice Networking & Gala Events on 18 May 2016."

The 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 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