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Bioscience Impacts: a closer look at what £450m investments can deliver to the UK

The power of biology impacts all our lives.

Every year, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), invests over £450 million in world-class bioscience, and impact can arise from everything BBSRC invests in. This includes research addressing strategic challenges, the curiosity-driven frontier bioscience which helps us to understand the rules of life, and the development of transformative technologies that push the boundaries of scientific discovery.

The variety of impacts that we see is testament to the determination of our community to realise the benefits of their research. As part of UKRI, BBSRC plays an important role in enabling researchers to partner with businesses and other stakeholders, supporting the translation of research into tangible impacts for the economy and society.

From cereal killer detectives to using worms to tackle ageing, this publication showcases some of the many and varied impacts arising from BBSRC investments in world-leading research and innovation.

To find out more about how UKRI-BBSRC investments have impacted science, the economy and society, visit Our Impact page for more in-depth case studies.

BBSRC Impact Showcase 2020 (PDF 3.76MB)

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About BBSRC

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by government, BBSRC invested £451 million in world-class bioscience in 2019-20. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.


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