Policies and strategies:

BBSRC’s role in food, nutrition and health research

September 2013

As part of strategic planning in the 'Basic Bioscience Underpinning Health' priority area, we sought views on our role in food, nutrition and health research.

We have identified food, nutrition and health as an area in which we make significant investment, but which could benefit from clearer strategic direction.

Working group

We established a working group, with representation from academia and industry, to guide development of a succinct five-year strategic framework document which will outline our key priorities and actions in this field.

This working group has been convened under the purview of, and has representation from, our Basic Bioscience Underpinning Health and Food Security Strategy Advisory Panels.

The current membership and terms of reference of the working group are provided below.

Working group terms of reference and membership (PDF 218KB)

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To further inform the development of a strategic framework, we were keen to gather views and input from the wider research and stakeholder community, at an early stage in the group's deliberations.

In line with the overall bioscience for health strategic priority, our research funding role in food, nutrition and health lies in world-class bioscience which underpins understanding of human health. The document below outlines the working group's prior thinking around the key research challenges for BBSRC-funded science in this area, as well as new research technologies and opportunities which to consider.

Key research challenges in food, nutrition and health (PDF 236KB)

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