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BBSRC activities in crop science evaluation

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A specialist review panel has conducted an independent evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of our activities in crop science over the past decade, with particular reference to our response to a previous crop science review in 2004.

Evaluation of BBSRC's activities in crop science (PDF 261KB)

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Evaluation of BBSRC's activities in crop science: Appendices (PDF 304KB)

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  • To assess our response to the recommendations contained in the 2004 crop science review
  • To examine the development and effectiveness of our strategies relevant to crop science
  • To examine the balance and coverage of the crop science portfolio
  • To examine the extent to which our investments have built capacity and capability in UK crop science research, and contributed to strong research communities
  • To assess the outcomes and achievements of our major investments in crop science research and training, with a particular focus on food crops
  • To assess the economic and societal impacts of BBSRC-supported crop science research and training
  • To examine the level of interaction with industry and other potential users of crop science research
  • To examine the level of participation in international activities, including scientific collaborations and addressing the needs of developing countries
  • To consider how our support for basic plant science research has benefited the crop science portfolio
  • To identify ways to build on successes and address any identified gaps and issues.

Evaluation findings

The panel based their findings on:

  • Results of questionnaire surveys from a sample of:
    • Crop Science Initiative grant holders
    • Targeted Priority Studentship in crop science academic supervisors
    • Responsive mode grant holders
    • Researchers with longer-term BBSRC support for crop science
  • Information from our databases.