Building Relationships

The college has received significant investment from the MRC and the BBSRC to facilitate impact and knowledge exchange activities.  The BBSRC Impact Accelerator Account (IAA) and The MRC’s Proximity to Discovery (P2D) award's objectives are to strengthen knowledge exchange, support new and imaginative approaches to KE and impact including skills development.  Applications can be used to fund:

  • Market Research
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Sandpits
  • Workshops 
  • Surgeries

Both calls for proposals are now open and can be applied to using the Building Relationships Application Form which can be emailed to  Surgeries have been organised by the college to facilitate industry engagement, see details below.

BBSRC Impact Accelerator Account

BBSRC logoCall: Open, rolling deadline


The BBSRC Impact Accelerator Award (IAA) funds are designed to enhance collaboration, knowledge exchange and impact.  Call is open for applications for projects that facilitate this.



The fund is open to staff and postdoctoral researchers that align with BBSRC portfolio. The funding will not cover:

  • Research projects
  • Administration costs
  • Staff between posts/funding (i.e. as “bridging” funds)


Application Process

Applications are open and will be considered on case-by-case basis.  The Building Relationships Application Form should be completed and submitted to  Applicants should highlight the type of project being supported (workshop, surgery etc) and how outcomes will be measured from that event. 


Successful Applicants

The award should be spent within 12 months and certainly before the end date of the funding scheme in April 2021.  A report may be asked for on an ad-hoc basis and for reporting purposes.  Awardees are also required to fill in Building Relationships Report Form after completion of project and submit to to facilitate reporting activities.  Applicants may be asked to provide a short case study for promotional materials and provide brief presentations about the skills developed and opportunities arising from their participation in the scheme.

Proximity to Discovery

image of the mrc logoCall: Open, rolling deadline

MRC funding to support early interactions with industry to encourage knowledge exchange between industry and academia for engagement and collaboration.



 Proposals should meet the following criteria:

  • Projects/initiatives that would enhance academic understanding of industry and their needs, or vice versa, to encourage and support new collaborations.
  • Showcase-enabling initiatives to highlight/promote research opportunities with collaborative potential for industry partners.

The funding is not intended to directly support any:

  • Research projects (only where projects could be funded by other means e.g. MRC Confidence in Concept)
  • Administration costs
  • Industrial partner costs
  • Staff between posts/funding (i.e. as “bridging” funds)


Application Process 

Projects are expected to be up to £10K with objectives completed within 12 months of award date.  Apply using the Building Relationships Application Form and submissions should be sent to


Successful Applicants

If successful, award implementation and milestones will be discussed as per award period.  For the current funding period (2018/2019) funding must be spent and project objectives completed by 31st August 2019.  Successful applicants will be noted of funding deadlines via the award letter, this deadline must be adhered as per requirements of the MRC.  Successful applicants will also be responsible for yearly reporting of outcomes for both reapplication to MRC and via ResearchFish.   Upon completion of the project the Building Relationships Report Form should be submitted to  


Other Information

 More information can be found on the MRC website


The college is coordinating discovery science surgeries to provide academics with an opportunity to discuss their research with industry experts.  You will have the opportunity to receive guidance on preferred research development strategies and enhance your understanding of industry needs and access potential networks of contacts.  Surgery themes will be circulated (both on the website and by email) prior to the event. If you would like to be considered for an appointment to any of the surgeries, please provide a brief summary (max 1 page) of the proposal.

In your summary please state:

  • overview
  • anticipated clinical utility
  • current status
  • proposed pathway to commercialisation
  • current industry support / engagement