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BBSRC welcomes new science research strategy for food security and sustainability

6 January 2010

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the UK’s largest funder of agriculture and food related research, has welcomed and pledged its support for the new science research strategy to help improve the security and sustainability of our food system launched by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Professor John Beddington.

Professor Janet Allen, BBSRC Director of Research, said: “We welcome and fully support the aim of the cross-Government strategy to support effective, joined-up research policies and to ensure the development and translation of new knowledge, skills and technologies.

“Producing enough safe, affordable and nutritious food for a world with a growing population and changing consumption patterns is a huge challenge. The UK has the research skills and infrastructure to overcome the formidable obstacles we face.  BBSRC looks forward to playing a leading role in delivering sustainable food security, and to working with partners across Government, academia and industry to achieve the aims of this strategy.”

BBSRC invests around £190M a year in research relevant to agriculture and food. BBSRC has a leading role in delivering publicly funded food security research and recognises the need to work closely with other funders, Government departments and industry to ensure multidisciplinary research approach that meeting the food security challenge demands.

The Food and Innovation Research Strategy provides, for the first time, an overarching framework across the UK Government and Devolved Administrations. It sets out current and future programmes and highlights some past successes, good practice and where joint working is already strong, both on research projects and cross-cutting issues.



The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £450M in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. BBSRC carries out its mission by funding internationally competitive research, providing training in the biosciences, fostering opportunities for knowledge transfer and innovation and promoting interaction with the public and other stakeholders on issues of scientific interest in universities, centres and institutes.

The Babraham Institute, Institute for Animal Health, Institute of Food Research, John Innes Centre and Rothamsted Research are Institutes of BBSRC. The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.