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A list of research topics supported by BBSRC can be found in the funding areas section of the website. This list is not exhaustive and you are welcome to contact the office to discuss your research.
A common area of remit queries is disease research. In general we fund human physiology, cell biology, and genetics and genomics research relevant to understanding normal human function, but we do not fund research focused on specific human disease and disease processes or abnormal conditions. We fund work on animal disease but studies primarily involving animal models of human disease and human toxicology, including abnormal toxicology reactions and drug toxicity, are not in BBSRC remit.
A description of our interfaces in the areas of biodiversity and bioinformatics can be found in the 'downloads' section of this page.
We appreciate that it can be difficult to determine where to submit a proposal for research at the interface between research councils. Before writing a full proposal that may cross research council remits, we would encourage you to send us a brief outline of your proposed research, we will then consult with colleagues within BBSRC and other research councils in order to best advise on where to submit your full proposal.
The Outline should:
- Not be more than 2 pages
- Not include detailed costs or references at this stage
- Not include background information regarding your research
- Explain what you are going to do in the project and where the main novelty of the project lies
Outlines should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queries received to this inbox will be reviewed once a week. We will acknowledge receipt of your email within one week and you will receive a follow-up email typically within two weeks, although this can sometimes be a little longer if the research proposed within the outline interfaces multiple research council remits.
Applicants should include the BBSRC's response to their remit query within a covering letter when submitting their full proposal, this will prevent further lengthy interactions following submission. However, please note that BBSRC retains the rights to withdraw an application if it is found upon examination to be out of BBSRC remit.