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BBSRC publishes 2005-06 Annual Report and Accounts

17 July 2006

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the UK’s main public funder of research across the life sciences, today published its Annual Report and Accounts.

The 2005-06 Annual Report and Accounts describes BBSRC’s progress against its strategic objectives; for example in research funding, research training, knowledge transfer and public engagement. It also details BBSRC’s role in maintaining the UK's continuing overperformance as second globally to the United States in the biosciences.  

Highlighted topics include:

  • Increased multidisciplinary research and cross Research Council collaboration, including new collaborations in stem cell science and engineering, and in research on ageing
  • World-leading bioscience, for example research at the John Innes Centre which has elucidated the structure and workings of a gene complex that stops chromosomes in wheat crops from pairing with those in the wild, - opening up the possibility of breeding new varieties with traits such as tolerance to drought
  • Increased support for collaborative research with industrial partners; and outputs ranging from technology to reduce levels of pesticide use, to in vitro growth of cartilage tissue which could lead to pioneering cartilage transplant surgery in the future, and the production of protein drugs in the eggs of transgenic hens
  • Progress in establishing the UK’s first Integrative and Systems Biology Centres, and new investment of £27M in a further three centres
  • Identification of potential biomarkers for individuals’ susceptibility to gut cancers
  • Public engagement on nanotechnology and research on diet and health
  • New doctoral training centres in Systems Biology, in partnership with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Progress on Research Council harmonisation. BBSRC made efficiency savings of £4M during 2005-06

Professor Julia Goodfellow, Chief Executive of BBSRC, commented: “The integrated strategy BBSRC is following will ensure that all the Council’s efforts are going towards securing strategic goals. We are making sure that science funding, knowledge transfer and training are all pulling in the same direction. It is important to recognise that this integrated approach is also the result of a dialogue with our research community, the public and key user stakeholders. This has allowed us to form a consensus on the big bioscience challenges. It is this approach that will help us deliver a sustainable and internationally competitive UK bioscience base, together with highly trained researchers, and high levels of knowledge transfer and an open approach to public engagement.”

The Accounts record the Council's income and expenditure for the year together with its assets and liabilities at 31 March 2006; these financial statements are supported by detailed Notes.

ENDS

Notes to editors

The BBSRC 2005-06 Annual Report and Accounts have been laid before Parliament. BBSRC is required by Schedule 1 to the Science and Technology Act 1965 to submit a report on its activities to Parliament.

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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