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The Research Councils have today published their impact reports for the 2014/2015 financial year, demonstrating the impact their investments have made on the economy, on policy and for society. Each Research Council has produced its own report, showcasing specific examples of the impact of investment through their various awards, programmes and collaborations.

BBSRC has decided to postpone a call for outline Strategic Longer and Larger (sLoLa) proposals in 2016. After six years of the sLoLa scheme, building on two previous years of the LoLa scheme, the first full tranche of sLoLa projects have completed, providing an opportunity to carry out an interim review of the scheme to inform future calls and the best ways to deliver large-scale, long-term, multidisciplinary research.

BBSRC has published, on behalf of a partnership of key UK research funders and policy makers, a vision and high level research strategy for UK Animal and Plant Health Research to 2020 and beyond. In December 2014, Defra and the Government Office for Science jointly published the report Animal and Plant Health in the UK: Building our science capability, which made the compelling case for a more coordinated approach across public funders of animal and plant health research.