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Research spend by research topic and investment mechanism

BBSRC research spend 2016-17: £319.3 million

These charts show allocations for the research spend on each topic in 2016-17.

  • The outer rings show the composition by investment mechanism of the total spend for each research topic
  • The inner rings show the total funding split between HEIs and strategically-funded institutes for each research topic, irrespective of investment mechanism

All figures given in £ million.

Icons (except 'Ageing', 'Immunology', 'Soil Science' and 'Stem Cells' icons) made by Freepik from Flaticon.


Colour Investment mechanism
Responsive mode Outer circle
Research and industry clubs
Strategic (ISPG, etc.)
HEIs Inner circle
Strategically funded institutes


Research topic Spend
Ageing £16.1m
Animal health £48.3m
Animal welfare £5.6m
Bioenergy £13.4m
Crop science £71.2m
Diet and health £11.5m
Immunology £36.8m
Industrial biotechnology £42.5m
Microbial food safety £9.2m
Microbiology £116.8m
Neuroscience £33.2m
Pharmaceuticals £15.3m
Plant science £96.7m
Regenerative biology £2.6m
Soil science £12.2m
Stem cells £8.0m
Structural biology £34.4m
Synthetic biology £38.0m
Systems biology £19.6m
Technology development £41.8m
The 3 Rs £0.9m