Imperial College London’s Centre for Translational Nutrition and Food Research, Quadram Institute and John Innes Centre have been awarded a UKRI/BBSRC Seeding Award Fund to rapidly translate research outcomes into the food system. The research – had shown how a naturally-occurring genetic mutation in peas, leading to a different type of starch, could impact energy and glucose homeostasis in humans, and contribute to the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
After having successfully brought together 24 organisations from the entire food value chain to accelerate research translation into new food product through the Imperial Food Hack 2020, Imperial College London, Quadram Institute and John Innes Centre asked us to help with organising Roadmap Planning workshop with partner companies from across the food value chain as part of a UKRI – BBSRC Follow-on funding to commercialise their research and launch food products to benefit UK public health in the next two years.
Studio Zao organised a remote workshop with 6 food brands and 3 leading academic institutions using remote collaboration tool Miro and videoconferencing app Zoom.
Due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, we adopted fully-remote management of the preparation process.
Challenge Definition And Partner Engagement
- We organised video calls on Zoom to qualify partners, aiming to secure companies from across the food value chain with the technical and financial capacity to undertake new product development.
- We collaborated with the academic institutions to identify a set of challenges which are compatible with the framework for UKRI BBSRC Follow-on Funding.
- We virtually briefed all the selected partners on the grant application process and managed the preparation of their proposals. We worked closely with the companies to ensure they’re effectively demonstrating how they will bridge the gap between market need and research opportunity.
Bespoke Virtual Workshop Setup
Once we successfully built a portfolio of proposals from each partner, we proceeded with building a collaborative online dashboard with all partners’ proposals, project plans and funding requirements.
We designed a workshop to cover only the essential components of the grant application framework – User Engagement and Business Development, Individual Project Plans, Resource Requirements and Assumptions about other partners’ workstreams.