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BBSRC plans parallel increases in grants, investment and interaction with industry

26 May 2005

The BBSRC has today published its Delivery Plan 2005-08, which describes its priorities over the next three years.

Key features include: an increase of at least 4% pa in funds available to support proposals from researchers across-the-board; £25M for Systems Biology, and a further £16M for research into innovative tools and resources to advance bioscience; an average increase of 3% pa in core funding to BBSRC-sponsored institutes; a doubling in collaborative research with industry, and more flexibility in PhD training.

“We are balancing our increases in direct support for researchers to take their ideas forward, with investment in the new technologies, research infrastructure and training that the UK needs to remain a world-leader bioscience and in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries,” says Chief Executive, Professor Julia Goodfellow. “It’s about funding the best science properly, and this means investing in people and facilities, as well as supporting individual projects.”

The BBSRC’s plans are made on the back of successive Spending Reviews that have seen its allocations increase from £212M in 2000-2001 to £336M today. “We have a very strong base that enables us to plan for sustainable growth across our portfolio – in supporting excellent science, driving innovation and knowledge transfer, and promoting public engagement,” says Goodfellow.

BBSRC is already looking further ahead to the end of the decade. This summer it will begin widespread consultation, with researchers, policymakers, industry and others, on its strategic planning over the coming years.

ENDS

About BBSRC

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £380 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk

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