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University of Glasgow forms strategic partnership with BBSRC

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The University of Glasgow has joined a small exclusive group of institutions in forming a strategic partnership with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Announcing its new strategic partnership with BBSRC today, the university becomes one of only 12 universities in the UK who are linked with the research council in this way.

The strategic partnership affirms the university’s role in producing world-leading research, and underlines the commitment of the two organisations to work together to align their strategies.

The university currently receives more than £33M from BBSRC to fund research in fundamental biosciences which underpin our understanding of human and animal disease, create great food security, and drive forwards leading international research programmes and opportunities.

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, said: “The University of Glasgow is delighted to be BBSRC’s latest strategic partner. This partnership is grounded in the outstanding research undertaken by our staff, which BBSRC supports with over £33M of current funding.

“I look forward to an even closer working relationship with BBSRC as we progress our shared research priorities”

The university will look to work closely with BBSRC on contributing to the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, feeding into ideas on how to transform world-leading research into commercial outcomes.

Strategic partnership with BBSRC involves increased dialogue between them and senior management of partner universities. Through that dialogue the aim is to better understand mutual strategic priorities and direction to enable a more joined-up, synergistic and efficient approach to investment.

Dr Paul Burrows, Executive Director, Corporate Policy and Strategy, BBSRC added, “Funding of excellence, wherever found in the university system, remains at the heart of our philosophy. However, we recognise certain universities, based on their volume of BBSRC competitive funding and/or strength in our strategic priority areas, are particularly important to help us deliver our ambitious strategy for UK bioscience.

We therefore are delighted to welcome the University of Glasgow as our newest strategic partner.”



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 £473 million in world-class bioscience, people and research infrastructure in 2015-16. 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.

More information about BBSRC, our science and our impact.
More information about BBSRC strategically funded institutes.

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