The 2017 BBSRC Innovator of the Year competition is open!
This year there are four award categories:
• Commercial Impact will recognise researchers who have driven impact from their research in a business context including working with companies, creating spinout...
• Social Impact will recognise researchers who have used the outcomes of their research to make a positive impact on society including Policy, public engagement…
• Early Career Impact (new for 2017) will recognise early career researchers who have driven the impact of their research, either in a commercial, social or international context in the 6 years beyond their PhD or prior to securing a permanent research positions (please see the website for full eligibility details).
• International Impact (new for 2017) will recognise those researchers who have driven the impact of their research, either commercial or social, in an international context by working with international partners such as companies, charities or foreign policy makers or governments.
Winners of each of the four categories will receive a £10,000 award, with a further £10,000 for the overall BBSRC Innovator of the Year. The awards will be presented at a high-profile event in London on 24 May 2017, in front of an invited audience of leading figures from the worlds of investment, industry, government, charity and academia. Shortlisted applicants will also receive significant publicity both during and after the event.
The past eight competitions have reflected the remarkable diversity of impact that BBSRC investment in research can have, and the competition regularly turns up the unexpected. We encourage everyone to apply, from PhDs and early-career researchers to more established academics, from founders of spin-out companies to those combating diseases in far-off countries.
Nomination can be made online and the form takes less than five minutes to complete. The only criteria is that nominees must have been BBSRC-funded in the last 6 years. Nomination is not a prerequisite; eligible researchers can apply directly via the same form. http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/innovator/
The deadline for applications is 15 February 2017, so don’t wait, nominate or apply now!