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Vulnerable capabilities report

Copyright: Rothamsted Research

Together with MRC, and in collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology, we held a consultation in summer 2014 to identify vulnerable capabilities and skills within the UK bioscience and biomedical research base. Following further consultation with our training partners in 2017, an updated version of the review is now available.

BBSRC and MRC review of vulnerable skills and capabilities (PDF 436KB)

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Over 120 submissions were received from academic research organisations, BBSRC and MRC institutes, centres and units, businesses, professional societies and other organisations with an interest in research skills.

Respondents were invited to provide evidence for one or more vulnerable skills and capabilities. A total of 242 'vulnerable' areas were raised and have been grouped into the following categories:

  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Maths, statistics and computation
  • Physiology and pathology
  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Core research and subject specific skills.

Respondents were asked to indicate at what level(s) and in what way(s) they have identified vulnerability within the last five years; these varied for the different areas and are described in more detail in this report (see above).

We continue to consider how to support vulnerable capabilities and further details are provided in the updated executive summary of the report. The following areas are being addressed as a priority:

  • Maths, stats and computation
  • Physiology and pathology
  • Agriculture and food security.