BBSRC Knowledge Integration Tool: Version 1.0

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This report is the product of a rewarding collaboration between the authors and BBSRC staff in 2015. It builds on the authors’ past research around responsible innovation and stakeholder engagement 1-3 with the support of a University of Nottingham ESRC Impact Accelerator Award and the BBSRC. We developed the case study in November and December 2015, including a week-long research trip to the BBSRC offices in Swindon.

The report presents the first iteration and preliminary testing of a tailored stakeholder mapping and solicitation tool, the Knowledge Identification Tool. This tool is a response to on-going discussions within the academy and BBSRC regarding the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation and its implementation. As such, this tool is intended to contribute to BBSRC’s commitment to deliver its ‘openness agenda’, specifically with regards to broadening the range of expertise that feeds into strategic and funding decisions4,5. It should be understood as the first of a two-stage process involving identification and integration of expert knowledge.

The report aims to:
1. Re-frame stakeholder engagement as ‘knowledge integration’ rather than stakeholder mapping.
2. Create an adaptable, simple and appropriate tool for identification of external actors with knowledge relevant for BBSRC decision-making based on robust social science.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNottingham
PublisherUniversity of Nottingham
Commissioning bodyBiotechnology and Biological Science
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


  • responsible innovation
  • stakeholder engagement
  • research funding


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