BBSRC Strategic Longer Larger Grant

Grants available for large projects related to multidisciplinary scientific research of relevance to the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Grants are available for up to five years.

Only projects with the full economic costs (fec) of over £2 million will be accepted.


Before You Start

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has introduced the Strategic Longer Larger Grant to encourage large proposals that will tackle strategically important problems in biology which fall within the remit of BBSRC. The grant is also the intended route for all responsive mode solicitations of over £2 million.


Grants cannot principally be used for purchasing large equipment.

What You Need To Know

Key Criteria

Applications are invited from scientists working in UK Universities and BBSRC-sponsored research institutes.

Applications must:

  • Be within the BBSRC remit.
  • Aim to address a strategically important biological problem which merits a large scale commitment.
  • Include project leaders with a proven track record and ability to manage large scale, strategically important projects.
  • State which, if any, disciplines outside the biosciences are also involved.

Applicants should clearly state what the strategically important problem is and why the application would benefit from being funded as a single large grant.

Eligible Expenditure

Costs directly associated with eligible research projects, including:

  • Staff.
  • Travel.
  • Small-scale equipment costs.
  • Other general costs, for example, consultancy fees.

Eligible projects must:

  • Be scientifically excellent.
  • Demonstrate exceptional relevance to one or more of the BBSRC strategic priorities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the potential for impact.
  • Be conducted by an internationally leading research team.

For 2015/16, the BBSRC particularly encourage applications in understanding complex microbial communities in this sLoLa call with an emphasis on one or more of the sub-areas below:

  • Biofilm formation
  • The human and/or animal microbiome
  • Anti-microbial resistance
  • Soil.

How To Apply

Link to guidelines:

Useful information: Applications are made through a two-stage process.

  • Stage One - Organisations should submit an application through the Research Councils' Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.
  • Stage Two - Outline applications will be reviewed at committee meetings usually held two months after the application deadline date. Successful organisations are then invited to submit full proposals within six months.