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BBSRC as a partner

Research and innovation.

Our aspiration is to recognise, learn from and work collaboratively with our partners to create an inclusive research community.

We define our partners to be:

  • other research councils
  • other funding organisations, universities and research institutions
  • learned societies
  • academies
  • charities
  • government departments and agencies.

Our expectation is that all organisations with which we work demonstrate and evidence their commitment to inclusivity. Collectively, we will positively promote research as a career that is available to everybody and challenge the perceptions of the stereotypical researcher (see the Dan Nussey case study in downloads). We will work closely with the Equality Challenge Unit to promote the Athena SWAN charter mark and other frameworks to facilitate culture change.

Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowship

We are committed to supporting scientists who wish to return to research after a career break through our investment of £200,000 per year in the Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowship. This Fellowship allows scientists who have had a career break of two or more years for family, caring or health reasons to undertake a challenging research project and take part in a tailored training programme designed to allow the Fellow to update their skills and knowledge.

These fellowships, administered by the Daphne Jackson Trust, are highly flexible to allow the Fellow to undertake the See related links for a list of current Daphne Jackson Trust Fellows receiving at least 50% of their support from BBSRC.

Daphne Jackson Trust case study: Anthony Wynne (PDF 104KB)

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Daphne Jackson Trust case study: Dr Jamuna Selvakumaran (PDF 103KB)

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Research projects

We are working with our partners on a number of research projects which will identify issues affecting funding applications and success rates from the diverse population. We will publish the findings here as they are completed.

Published projects

Ongoing projects

Equality and diversity in the peer review system, which method of peer review is best?
As part of the UK Research and Innovation equality and diversity action plan, there is a commitment to ensuring that all funding processes are fair and inclusive. This project will examine the feasibility of using anonymous peer and open peer review in the reviewing and assessment of all funding proposals.