BBSRC Survey: Have Your Say on the Next Big Things in Bioscience

bbsrc logoThe BBSRC has launched a survey seeking your views on the research areas that will be the most important and exciting in bioscience over the next 5-10 years.

The results of the survey will be discussed by the BBSRC’s governing Council and wider strategic advisory network as part of a workshop to be held at the beginning of June 2013, and will inform BBSRC’s long-term planning, including input to future Government Spending Reviews.

Anyone is welcome to respond, and the BBSRC are keen for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to but we are particularly keen to gather input from PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

Please submit your response and potentially influence BBSRC’s strategy by taking part in the short survey below by 3 June 2013.

To take part in the survey ‘The next ‘big things’ in bioscience’, please visit:

Reminder – AHRC Strategy 2013-18 Draft Published for Comment

The deadline for responses to the new AHRC strategy for arts and humanities research, and the AHRC’s role in the funding landscape is fast approaching!

This is your opportunity as the arts and humanities community to feed into the Strategy document, but you will have to act fast – the deadline for responses is the 8th November.

More details and the draft document can be found on the AHRC website.

CIHE – KTP Study Report

A new report by the Council for Industry and Higher Education has highlighted the ability of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to build sustainable innovation capability in companies without an existing track record in open innovation.

Based on a study commissioned by the Technology Strategy Board and the Research Councils, the report explores how such collaborations between business and the knowledge base can overcome the barriers to knowledge transfer and deliver successful innovation projects – at the same time stimulating organisational learning so the company becomes more innovative in the long term.

To read the report, ‘Key Attributes for Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnerships,’ click here.

Growth Accelerator – supporting businesses with real growth potential

GrowthAccelerator, is a new £200m Government backed programme that aims to provide small businesses across England with the know-how and ability to achieve rapid and sustainable growth. 

GrowthAccelerator is delivered by some of the country’s leading business growth specialists and will provide high quality coaching and other support focused on identifying and meeting each business’s specific needs.

This support will include:

  • Developing and implementing a customised growth strategy
  • Identifying and addressing barriers to growth
  • Becoming investment ready and securing finance
  • Commercialising innovation effectively
  • Developing leadership and management capability
  • Making connections with other like-minded businesses on the programme through masterclasses and an alumni community.

GrowthAccelerator has been developed for businesses with the capacity, commitment and ambition to double their turnover or employment within three years.  Many of the businesses that the Technology Strategy Board works with and supports are exactly those that this service is aiming to attract and engage with.  We are therefore working closely with the GrowthAccelerator programme to cross-refer potential clients and to ensure a good fit between our respective offerings and activities.

GrowthAccelerator is being delivered across England by leading business advice specialists Grant Thornton, Pera, Oxford Innovation and Winning Pitch, together with a range of specialist local partners.  It has an impressive team of coaches that have a track record of delivering successful growth in businesses of all sizes and in all sectors and regions

For more information and to see how GrowthAccelerator could help your business, please visit their website at:

NERC Community Event

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have issued an invitation to the environmental science community and its stakeholders to participate in a community event on the 20th November 2012 to be held at the Manchester Conference Centre, Weston Building, Sackville Street, Manchester.

This event will allow you to influence NERC’s strategic direction and research priorities from 2013 onwards. The day will be split into two parts; the morning session will focus on developing NERC’s new strategy and provide participants with an opportunity to discuss it with NERC’s Chief Executive and Directors. The afternoon session will be focused on NERC’s strategic research priorities. It will provide participants with an opportunity to engage Theme Leaders and NERC staff in discussions about emerging theme action plans.

The event will be open for registration from 10:00. The morning session will commence at 11:00 with a plenary session, followed by lunch at 12:30.

In the afternoon each theme session will be run twice and, therefore, it is possible for participants to attend discussions on two different themes.

An agenda for this event is available below.

Agenda (114KB)

Early registration is recommended.

Please use our online registration form to apply to attend the event. The deadline for registering to attend is the 9th November 2012.


For further details of this event please contact Jane Kendallor Poppy Leeder at NERC.