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Strategic Plan: Overview

Working with stakeholders, BBSRC has identified leading priorities and themes that are essential to keep the UK at the cutting edge of bioscience.

Our future plans are structured around:

World-class bioscience

We will continue to advance excellent bioscience across the breadth of our remit from molecules to systems (see Strategic Plan: World-class bioscience). High-quality research, people and institutions are the bedrock of a world-class bioscience base that delivers social and economic benefits from public investment in science and attracts co-investment from the private and third sectors.

Key strategic research priorities

As well as our strong commitment to funding researcher-led bioscience across a broad base we highlight three priority areas for particular focus. These are uniquely at the core of our remit, where focus will have the most impact, nationally and internationally:

  • Agriculture and food security: bioscience for sustainable and productive agriculture, supplying not only sufficient, affordable, nutritious and safe food, but also non-food products and feedstocks, in a rapidly changing world
  • Industrial biotechnology and bioenergy: energy, industrial materials and biopharmaceuticals, developed and produced using biological processes, reducing dependency on fossil fuels and helping drive the UK bioeconomy
  • Bioscience for health: driving advances in fundamental bioscience for better health across the lifecourse, reducing the need for medical and social intervention

Enabling themes

We have also prioritised three enabling themes, which are critical to our vision for UK bioscience. These cross-cutting themes will require clear actions over and beyond this planning period. Getting the themes right, and in some cases embracing the inherent culture change, is essential to deliver economic and social benefits from our investment of public money:

  • Enabling innovation: maximising the impact of our science and skilled people in boosting the UK economy, informing policy and improving quality of life
  • Exploiting new ways of working: enabling innovative working practices in an era of rapid technological advancement, multidisciplinary research, high throughput technologies, the next generation internet, and quantitative and computational approaches to bioscience
  • Partnerships: working with our many stakeholders, including other funders and the public, nationally and internationally, to deliver our exciting vision for global impact from UK bioscience

Diagram showing that world-class bioscience and the key strategic research priorities, underpinnned by the enabling themes, can lead to a wide range of impacts, such as: a bioeconomy, international development, improved quality of life...
Diagram showing that world-class bioscience and the key strategic research priorities, underpinnned by the enabling themes, can lead to a wide range of impacts, such as: a bioeconomy, international development, improved quality of life, economic impact, better public policy and services, skilled people and jobs, strong science base and new knowledge.