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Eleven appointees to the Council of the BBSRC have been confirmed by the board of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) they will take up their posts following the establishment of UKRI on 01 April 2018.

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The UK government has (March 5 2018) issued a document to clarify the UK’s eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020, the EU's flagship programme for science and innovation. Confirmation of the position supports the message in Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on Friday that: "the UK is committed to establishing a far-reaching science and innovation pact with the EU, facilitating the exchange of ideas and researchers".

BBSRC has published its latest Impact Report highlighting widespread impacts from investments, including impacts on industry, policy making, and research infrastructure and capacity. World class bioscience research drives the UK's growing bioeconomy and lies at the heart of key areas of social policy.