Innovator of the Year
Call status: Open
Nomination deadline: 29 October 2015
Application deadline: 19 January 2016
This competition recognises and rewards individuals and small teams who have harnessed the potential of their excellent research.
The competition has three categories:
- Most promising
It is designed to recognise the full breadth of impacts that BBSRC-funded research can have.
Winners in each category will receive a £15,000 award, with a further £15,000 for the overall winner.
The awards will be presented at a high-profile event in London on 18 May 2016 in front of an invited audience of leading figures from the worlds of investment, industry, government, charity and academia.
The competition is open to all BBSRC-funded scientists, including:
- Postgraduate and postdoctoral scientists funded by BBSRC through a studentship, fellowship or research grant
- Principal investigators in universities who have been an applicant or co-applicant on a research grant funded by BBSRC or a BBSRC-funded fellowship
- Scientists in institutes receiving strategic funding from BBSRC who, over the preceding five years, have received BBSRC funding through a core strategic grant, institute strategic programme grant, research grant or fellowship
For team entries, the majority of the team should meet the above entry requirements.
For all entries, applicants must demonstrate the connection between their BBSRC-funded research and the innovation.
"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 (2010-2014)
How to nominate or apply
Have you worked with a BBSRC-funded researcher who has stepped outside the lab to realise the potential of their research?
Nominate them, or a small team, using the 'Nomination form' (see application downloads below). Complete the form and email to the contact below by 29 October 2015.
Nominations are open. Please allow time for the nominees to prepare their application. Eligible BBSRC-funded researchers may also apply to the competition directly.
Applications should be submitted using the application form. This form and further information are available below in application downloads.
Submit your application via email to the contact below by 19 January 2016.
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|Nomination deadline||29 October 2015|
|Application deadline||19 January 2016|
|Proposals shortlisted||8 March 2016|
|Judging interviews||18 May 2016|
|Award event||18 May 2016|
An assessment panel will select the best applications under the following 3 categories:
- Commercial innovator
- Social innovator
- Most promising innovator
Selected applications, which will progress to the competition final, will be required to submit supplementary information. They will be assessed by a separate judging panel who will choose the winners of each category. One of those winners will be the overall Innovator of the Year.
Previous awards: 2015
Professor Givens said: "I am honoured and very surprised to be named the BBSRC Innovator of the Year. Innovation is at the heart of research at Reading, and I am lucky enough to work in one of the best possible research environments of its kind. Much of my research in this area has been supported by BBSRC DRINC which is an excellent model for integrating research with industry."
Previous awards: 2014
Professor Luke Alphey said: "It is such a great honour to win Innovator of the Year – particularly when there is such stiff competition. Tonight really showcases how innovations from UK bioscience are tackling such a huge range of challenges."
Previous awards: 2013
Overall winner: Dr Ryan Donnelly
Commercial innovator: Dr Anna Hine
Social innovator: Dr Simon Gubbins, Professor Peter Mertens, Dr Carrie Batten
Most promising innovator: Dr Ryan Donnelly
Dr Donnelly said: "I'm delighted and very surprised. I knew for a contest like this there was going to be very strong competition. To win something like this at such an early stage of my career, well it's the highlight of my career, it really is."
Previous awards: 2012
Professor Lomonossoff expressed his delight at winning, saying: "You want to hope but you don't dare. It's a big surprise; rather like winning an Oscar."
Previous awards: 2011
Overall winner: Professor Jason Swedlow
Commercial innovator: Professor Chris Lowe
Social innovator: Professor Jason Swedlow
Most promising innovator: Professor Keith Waldron
Professor Swedlow said: "It is a great honour to accept this award. The support we have received from BBSRC, as well as the Wellcome Trust, during the early stages of the research has been invaluable. Our vision has always been to create a global standard for imaging software and the community that has grown up around the open source development is extraordinary. In reality I am receiving this award on behalf of a large group of extremely talented people who share a common commitment to innovation through team work, collaboration and the process of creating something new and exciting as a community."
Previous awards: 2010
Overall winner: Professor Shankar Balasubramanian
Commercial innovator: Professor Shankar Balasubramanian
Social innovator: Professor Dave Goulson
Most promising innovator: Dr Michael McArthur
Professor Balasubramanian said: "I am delighted to accept the award of BBSRC Innovator of the Year and I do so on behalf of many people who have made important contributions at many stages of the Solexa project. I would particularly like to acknowledge my departmental colleague, Prof David Klenerman, who I co-founded Solexa with in 1998.
"None of this would have happened without the support of BBSRC. Their backing was essential for the blue skies research that gave rise to our original inventions. The continued funding of fundamental science by BBSRC will be an essential part of future enterprises and ultimately, wealth creation."
Previous awards: 2009
Winner: Professor Stephen Jackson
Runner-up: Dr Luke Alphey
Runner-up: Professor Jeff Errington
Professor Jackson said: "It's a tremendous honour to receive this prestigious award. It really reflects that science, like that funded by BBSRC in my group over the years can yield both exciting science and commercial and social applications. I think this award is a showcase for how funding of science by BBSRC is able to provide major tangible benefits not only the UK science base but also the biotech and pharmaceutical industries."