BBSRC Science and Innovation. Prof. Nigel Brown Director of Science & Technology Cardiff University 27 November 2007. Introduction to BBSRC CSR2007 Grants and funding Knowledge Transfer and Economic Impact Q & A. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. MISSION
Prof. Nigel Brown
Director of Science & Technology
27 November 2007
Why? Quality of Life
and UK plc
BBSRC funding totals around £380M p.a.(07/08)
“Mixed economy” of BBSRC funding
Biological Sciences will be
Source – BBSRC 2004 Delivery Plan. Figures include FEC
Second highest Research Council increase - 22%
Equivalent to average 4% annual increase over 3 years set against 2.7% increase in total science budget
Good news for bioscience but much of the increase is for Full Economic Costing / university sustainability
Delivery Plan drafted for allocations
Healthy Bioscience – keeping the UK biosciences internationally competitive and attractive to inward investment
Cross-Council Multidisciplinary Programmes – Research Councils working together across disciplines
Economic Impact, including Skills and Training – step-change in the economic impact of BBSRC’s funding and boosting the supply of skilled people to the economy and society
National Facilities - Securing our national research capability and facilities in strategic areas
Systems Biology – Maintain the high level of investment to embed systems approaches in UK bioscience base and provide requisite tools and resources. Approx £70M commitment over CSR
BBSRC involvement in 5 of 6 cross-Council multidisciplinary programmes with around £125M total planned commitment. Some of delivery in RMHealthy Bioscience
New Bioenergy Centre
Build Bioenergy research capacity in UK (plant and microbial)
Living with Environmental ChangeLargely for research of relevance to climate change, particularly in areas of Sustainable agriculture and animal health.
Increase funding for joint Centres for Lifelong Health and Wellbeing
Explore joint initiative with US National Institute on Aging.
Global Threats to Security including
Explore animal health research for international development programme joint with DfID and Wellcome Trust
Bio-nanotechnologyincluding boost to science networks and partnerships with industry.
New commitment of around £50M to deliver a step-change in the economic and social impact
at least £34m with the new Technology Strategy Board, where already complementary activity with Research and Technology Clubs (RTCs).
3 RTCs already established (bioprocessing, diet and health, biorefineries)
More RTCs planned (options being considered in biopharmaceutical design, ageing, analysis of large data sets etc).
Skills and training - key element of long-term economic impact strategy
£1B over 3 years …
of which at least £120M from Research Councils
of which £34M from BBSRC
for complementary and collaborative activity
Plant and Microbial Sciences 14%
Animal Sciences 16%
Genes and Developmental Biology 16%
Biochemistry and Cell Biology 17%
Engineering and Biological Systems 10%
Biomolecular Sciences 16%
Total value of live grants, 1st April 2007 = £11.8M
Overall 2 yr success rate for Cardiff = 17%
Overall HEI success rate = 26%
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Four prime criteria:
Identifying areas of the bioscience research base where an enhancement of activity may underpin the needs of industry over the next 10 years
flowIndustrial involvement in trainingPeople & knowledge flow
Interchanges between industry and academia (in either direction) help foster long-term collaborations, and offer access to knowledge, skills, expertise, equipment and facilities.
Next Closing Date: 13 March 2008
Next Closing Date: 7 February 2008
NOTE: closing time now 4.00 p.m.