BBSRC activities in crop science evaluation
A specialist review panel has conducted an independent evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of our activities in crop science over the past decade, with particular reference to our response to a previous crop science review in 2004.
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- To assess our response to the recommendations contained in the 2004 crop science review
- To examine the development and effectiveness of our strategies relevant to crop science
- To examine the balance and coverage of the crop science portfolio
- To examine the extent to which our investments have built capacity and capability in UK crop science research, and contributed to strong research communities
- To assess the outcomes and achievements of our major investments in crop science research and training, with a particular focus on food crops
- To assess the economic and societal impacts of BBSRC-supported crop science research and training
- To examine the level of interaction with industry and other potential users of crop science research
- To examine the level of participation in international activities, including scientific collaborations and addressing the needs of developing countries
- To consider how our support for basic plant science research has benefited the crop science portfolio
- To identify ways to build on successes and address any identified gaps and issues.
The panel based their findings on:
- Results of questionnaire surveys from a sample of:
- Crop Science Initiative grant holders
- Targeted Priority Studentship in crop science academic supervisors
- Responsive mode grant holders
- Researchers with longer-term BBSRC support for crop science
- Information from our databases.