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Bbsrc science and innovation

BBSRC Science and Innovation

Prof. Nigel Brown

Director of Science & Technology

Cardiff University

27 November 2007


Bbsrc science and innovation

  • Introduction to BBSRC

  • CSR2007

  • Grants and funding

  • Knowledge Transfer and Economic Impact

  • Q & A


Bbsrc science and innovation

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

  • MISSION

  • Fund first-class bioscience research

  • Train bioscientists

  • Support knowledge transfer

  • Engage with public

  • STAKEHOLDERS

  • INDUSTRY: agriculture, food, chemical, health, pharmaceutical

  • PUBLIC: dialogue and consultation

  • GOVERNMENT: e.g. DEFRA, FSA, RCUK

Why? Quality of Life

and UK plc

BBSRC funding totals around £380M p.a.(07/08)


Bbsrc science and innovation

Institutes

  • strategic research

  • mission-oriented

  • longer-term funding

  • specialist facilities

“Mixed economy” of BBSRC funding

Universities

  • basic research

  • curiosity-driven

  • shorter-term funding

  • research training


Towards predictive biology

Towards Predictive Biology

Biological Sciences will be

  • more quantitative and predictive and

  • more integrative in that there will be

    • input from different disciplines

    • data from different technologies

    • move to understand function at cellular, whole animal and population level


Strategic objective 1 excellent science

Strategic Objective 1: Excellent Science


Csr2007 bbsrc delivery plan to be published on 11 december 2007

CSR2007BBSRC Delivery Plan to be published on 11 December 2007


Bbsrc science and innovation

Funding – commitment 07/08

£387M

Source – BBSRC 2004 Delivery Plan. Figures include FEC


Csr 2007 bbsrc budget allocation

CSR 2007: BBSRC budget allocation

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


Bbsrc headlines for csr2007

BBSRC: Headlines for CSR2007

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


Healthy bioscience

Annual inflationary increases to responsive mode budget. More than £500M commitment over CSR

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 RM

Healthy Bioscience


Multidisciplinary cross council programmes

Multidisciplinary cross-Council Programmes

Bioenergy

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.

Ageingincluding

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.


Economic impact

Economic Impact

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


Technology strategy board budget

Technology Strategy Board Budget

£1B over 3 years …

of which at least £120M from Research Councils

of which £34M from BBSRC

for complementary and collaborative activity


Bbsrc science and innovation

BBSRC Grants and Funding


Bbsrc responsive mode spend

BBSRC Responsive Mode Spend

Plant and Microbial Sciences 14%

Agri-Food 11%

Animal Sciences 16%

Genes and Developmental Biology 16%

Biochemistry and Cell Biology 17%

Engineering and Biological Systems 10%

Biomolecular Sciences 16%


Where does hei funding go

Where does HEI funding go?


Cardiff university

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

Total value of live grants, 1st April 2007 = £11.8M

Overall 2 yr success rate for Cardiff = 17%

Overall HEI success rate = 26%


Grants live 1 st april 2007 11 8m

Grants ‘live’ 1st April 2007 = £11.8M


Recent changes to grants system

Recent changes to grants system

  • Full Economic Costing introduced

    • Resource is assessed NOT COST

  • Harmonisation of applications through Je-S

    • MRC will join in future

  • Now 4 grant rounds a year

    • Number of applications decreased

  • Longer Larger (LoLa) grant scheme

    • Outline stage for grants >£2M

  • New assessment criteria from July 2006 closing date

    • Quality of science; timeliness; economic impact

    • Appropriateness of training for staff – NEW

  • Data Sharing Policy

    • From July closing date. Extra page for DSP.


Grant funding

Grant funding

  • Responsive mode (investigator-led)

    • includes New Investigator and Industrial Partnership Awards

  • Initiatives (managed mode)

    • usually one or two calls (e.g. Systems Approaches to Biological Research (SABR), Bioenergy)

  • Other funding streams

    • Tools & Resources Development Fund (continuous)

    • Biological and Bioinformatic Resources


What makes a successful grant application

What makes a successful grant application?

  • Is it high quality science?

  • Is it really high quality science?

  • Are you absolutely sure it is high quality science?

  • Is the case for support clearly written and not overloaded with extraneous detail?

  • Have you had someone read it who is reasonably expert in the science?

  • Can a non-specialist understand why the work is important?

  • Have you had someone read it who doesn’t know the area in detail?


What makes a successful grant application 2

What makes a successful grant application (2)?

  • Have you properly justified the resources?

  • Have you indicated where it matches BBSRC priorities?

  • Have you indicated the career development potential of the research?

  • Have you got industrial partnership (IPA)?

  • Have you answered the referees’ comments robustly and sensibly?

  • Have you received feedback on failed applications?


Closing dates to note

Closing Dates to note

  • Responsive mode

    • 22 January 2008; 23 April 2008; 22 July 2008

  • Longer Larger applications (>£2M)

    • 5 Dec 2007; 12 March 2008; 22 July 2008

  • Tools and Resources Development Fund

    • 10 January 2008

  • Follow on Fund

    • 7 February 2008; 26 June 2008

      NOTE: closing time now 4.00 p.m.


Bbsrc science and innovation

Knowledge Transfer & Economic Impact


Bbsrc activities to maximise economic impact

Industrial

involvement

in training

Collaborative

research

Commercialisation

of

Research

&

Development

People &

knowledge

flow

BBSRC activities to maximise economic impact


Collaborative research

Industrial

involvement

in training

Collaborative

research

Commercialisation

of

Research

&

Development

People &

knowledge

flow

Collaborative research

  • LINK

  • TSB

  • IPA

  • Clubs


Bbsrc technology strategy

BBSRC technology strategy

Four prime criteria:

  • capacity for high-quality research

  • ability of the UK science base to deliver that research

  • size of commercial opportunity

  • ability of companies based in the UK to derive benefit

Identifying areas of the bioscience research base where an enhancement of activity may underpin the needs of industry over the next 10 years


Industrial involvement in training people knowledge flow

Industrial

involvement

in training

Collaborative

research

Commercialisation

of

Research

&

Development

People &

knowledge

flow

Industrial involvement in trainingPeople & knowledge flow

  • CASE

  • Ind CASE

  • MTI

  • KTP

  • RS-IF

  • IIP


Bbsrc science and innovation

People & knowledge flow Industry interchange

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


Commercialisation of r d

Industrial

involvement

in training

Collaborative

research

Commercialisation

of

Research

&

Development

People &

knowledge

flow

Commercialisation of R&D

  • YES

  • FoF

  • EFs

  • BPC


Bbsrc science and innovation

Follow-on Fund

  • to enable scientists to advance ideas with commercial potential to a stage where commercial opportunities can be secured e.g. further technical or scientific development, broaden patent claims, market analysis, identify licensees, etc.

  • grants of up to £110k fEC

  • open to existing grantholders

  • BBSRC has funded 41 projects worth £3M over first five calls

Next Closing Date: 7 February 2008


The future

The future …

  • more cross-RC working

  • increasing funds for collaborative research

  • focus on skills

  • increasing support for activities such as FoF and YES

  • need to demonstrate economic impact

  • role of new Technology Strategy Board?


Closing dates to note1

Closing Dates to note

  • Responsive mode

    • 22 January 2008; 23 April 2008; 22 July 2008

  • Longer Larger applications (>£2M)

    • 5 Dec 2007; 12 March 2008; 22 July 2008

  • Tools and Resources Development Fund

    • 10 January 2008

  • Follow on Fund

    • 7 February 2008; 26 June 2008

      NOTE: closing time now 4.00 p.m.


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