BBSRC ICURe is open to research teams in all UK universities, BBSRC-funded institutes and approved PSREs. BBSRC ICURe teams are composed of four individuals:
- entrepreneurial lead: any research staff or technical research staff member that receives their salary or stipend from an eligible university, PSRE or institute (including, but not limited to, PhD, technician, postdoctoral research assistant, fellowship and group leader positions). This individual must be able to commit full-time for the duration of the programme starting the week of the bootcamp and have approval of their institute, organisation, or funder
- associated science advisor: a researcher who can provide intellectual support to the entrepreneurial lead throughout the course of the programme, for example and interdisciplinary project may require input from outside the research group
- technology transfer representative or professional: an individual from the team, either from, or contracted to, the research organisation leading on the commercialisation of the intellectual asset with appropriate technology transfer expertise. This individual officer must be able to attend essential online bootcamp sessions as well as the options roundabout. In addition, provide support for the entrepreneurial lead and team during the LLP programme and continued support for further commercialisation activity following the programmes conclusion
- business adviser: a motivated individual from a relevant industrial sector to offer expert guidance and support. Teams are strongly encouraged to name an adviser in their application. Please contact the ICURe administration team if identifying a suitable advisor is a barrier. Teams are responsible for any agreements or financial arrangements that may be needed with their business advisers
The research underpinning the products or services being carried forward by the research team must be building on a previous BBSRC or other UK Research and Innovation grant that is taking forward a bioscience innovation to address a market opportunity.
We are committed to improving diversity across our programmes and are actively seeking applications from under-represented groups and non-Russell Group universities. The spread across different target market sectors will also be considered when selecting applications to ensure broad portfolio coverage.
We actively encouraging applications led by entrepreneurial leads who are from under-represented groups including women, people of colour, those living with disabilities and those from the LGBTQI+ communities.
We cannot accept applications based upon a research project that has previously been through the ICURe programme.