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Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark today announced the appointment of Sir Gordon Duff as the new chair of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Sir Gordon Duff will succeed Sir Tom Blundell on 01 July 2015.

BBSRC is continuing with a successfully piloted fellowship scheme and will extend the eligibility criteria for another scheme following a fundamental review of its strategy of investing in fellowships. The review, conducted between August 2014 and January 2015, used input from a wide ranging community survey and a workshop to assess BBSRC’s strategy for investing in fellowships.

From 16:00 BST on Thursday 16 April to 08.30 BST Wednesday 22 April 2015 the Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system will be unavailable. In April 2015 the IT infrastructure that supports the Je-S application is being reviewed and in order to do this the Je-S system needs to be taken down for an extended period of time.