BBSRC has refreshed its Strategic Plan, 'The Age of Bioscience', following consultation with the research community, policy and industrial end-users of our science, and the wider public, including input from a Basic bioscience underpinning health pilot public workshop.
The refresh has provided an opportunity to review progress following the launch of the long-term Strategic Plan in 2010 and enables BBSRC to continue to seize emerging opportunities at the cutting edge of bioscience.
BBSRC Chief Executive, Professor Jackie Hunter, said: “This is an exciting time for UK bioscience, which is moving at a faster pace than ever before. BBSRC is constantly listening to its community and adapting to the environment to support world-leading research. This refreshed Strategic Plan builds on our successes, reflecting evolving priorities in important areas for UK bioscience.”
The refreshed strategic plan places continued emphasis on fundamental world-leading bioscience, while highlighting areas of increasing and emerging importance, such as the sustainable intensification of agriculture and recognition of increased capacity in synthetic biology and other enabling technologies.
The 'Enabling Innovation' theme now includes UK research and innovation campuses as one of the ways in which BBSRC helps to create the environment for impact – by supporting interactions between industry and academia.
To reflect these and other changes, some priority areas have been given new titles to better describe the science that they encompass: 'Food Security' has become 'Agriculture and Food Security', for example, and the 'Basic Bioscience Underpinning Health' priority has been updated to 'Bioscience for Health'.
Professor Hunter, added: “One area which has seen a number of updates is the Bioscience for Health priority. Our community requested greater clarity on BBSRC's approach to this priority and we've responded by developing key themes including: health across the life-course, 'one-health' and nutrition and health. These are underpinned by the development and application of new technologies and these research areas combine to help us all live healthier lives.”
The refreshed strategic plan is available here: www.bbsrc.ac.uk/strategy.