BBSRC ICURe trains, funds, and supports research teams to determine whether there is a market for products or services that utilise their bioscience-based ideas, research, science, and technologies. Up to £25k of funding is available to ‘get out of the lab’ and validate commercially promising ideas in the marketplace
BBSRC ICURe takes the scientific method (hypothesise, test, evaluate) and applies it to commercialisation. You will learn how to use this approach to test what your potential customers think about your idea, product, or service. In addition, you will receive training and interview practice, carrying out over 100 interviews and acquiring transferrable business and social skills.
Past participants say that having ICURe support, training, and funding to spend on customer discovery has dramatically changed their perspective on their innovation.
Support to cover up to 3-months salary and customer discovery activities. Selected teams will have the opportunity to access further support and follow-on funding from InnovateUK.
Weekly access to our team of experts and proactive connections to our network of entrepreneurs, investors and funders.
Our online delivery means that you can contribute to the programme flexibly at times that suit you.
A personalised report which includes data about your potential customers, competitors and suppliers plus a comprehensive overview of the intellectual property landscape for your sector.
Intensive 4-day online bootcamp where you will learn how to talk about your technology to customers, develop a hypothetical business model and identify your customers’ pain points. You will also create a detailed plan of your customer discovery journey.
You will plan and execute 3 months of tailored customer discovery for your idea, product or service using online software platforms, videoconferencing and marketing tools. You will receive weekly 1-hour coaching clinics from experts in taking research ideas to market.
1-day online pitch training to teach you how to pitch your ideas to potential customers and investors.
The opportunity to pitch to an experienced panel of funders, stakeholders and investors to help accelerate the impact from your research.
Following the options roundabout, selected teams can receive further support and be eligible to apply for follow-on funding from InnovateUK.
Following the options roundabout, selected teams can receive further support to help conculde a commercial transaction in the form of a license agreement or industry funded collaborative R&D agreement.
BBSRC ICURe is open to research teams in all UK universities, BBSRC-funded institutes and approved public sector research enterprises (PSREs).
The research underpinning the products or services being carried forward by the research team MUST be building on a previous BBSRC or other UKRI 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.
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, PDRA, 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.
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/professional An individual from the team, either from, or contracted to, the RO leading on the commercialisation of the intellectual asset with appropriate technology transfer expertise. This individual Officer (TTO) 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.
Dr Howard Moshtael, University of Edinburgh
Creator of SmartScroll, Physicist and Engineer
The online application form will ask you a series of questions about you, your team and your project.
All applications will go through a competitive selection process and the Entrepreneurial Lead and Associated Science Advisor will be required to participate in individual scheduled video interviews as part of that process. Your application must have been agreed with your organisation prior to applying, including that you can commit to the programme fulltime.
(TTO), a business mentor and your Principal Investigator prior to applying.
Dr Chistina O’Neill, Queen’s University Belfast
Stem cell researcher and ICURe 2018
Support to cover 3 months’ salary and customer discovery activities, as follows
Salary – Up to £15,000 support to cover 3 months EL salary.
Activities – Up to £10,000 support for
Market validation tools & idea testing support
Travel & subsistence
We’d love to hear from you with any questions you have about the programme or how it works.
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