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The 2015 Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) for early career researchers is now open for entries. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the scheme which, along with its sister competition Environment YES, has attracted nearly 5,000 alumni, who as a result have gone on to start businesses, work in industry, facilitate technology transfer, and have developed more collaborative academic careers.

BBSRC will no longer operate an annual competition for industrial CASE (iCASE) studentships, instead allocating the majority of these studentships to the BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) for awarding alongside their standard studentships. A small proportion of the iCASE studentships will not be allocated at this time, but will be used flexibly by BBSRC to ensure a balanced portfolio and to target strategic interventions. 

The shortlisted finalists for the 2015 BBSRC Innovator of the Year competition have been announced. The nine finalists will compete to be named Innovator of the Year 2015 at an awards event in London on 31 March 2015 in recognition of their efforts to take their innovation beyond the lab to deliver social and economic benefits.