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Strategic Plan: Efficiency and effectiveness

BBSRC is committed to utilising resources effectively and responsibly to maximise funding for science.

BBSRC deploys funding with maximum effectiveness and will maintain a comprehensive resource management framework. Our plans for efficiency and effectiveness cover three distinct areas:


BBSRC provides strategic funding to eight institutes. Working in partnership with institute governing bodies and executive staff BBSRC will promote high standards of accountability, propriety and efficient use of resources. This will be achieved through:

  • Embedding the new governance and partnership arrangements and sharing best practice in areas such as human resources strategy and management
  • Annual monitoring of progress on institute strategic programmes and associated funding streams
  • Promoting increased utilisation of equipment and other assets through greater sharing and making access available to other organisations, on and off campus
  • Detailed assessment of each institute's science and associated activities (such as knowledge exchange, training and leadership, public engagement) every five years
  • Institutes working together and/or with other partners to harmonise and share resources
  • Enhancing energy efficiency through the application of BREEAM standards


Although the Higher Education Funding Councils have the sponsorship responsibility for the HE sector, we take steps to ensure that the two thirds of our resources invested in universities are used for the intended purposes and in a manner that is efficient and accountable. This will be achieved by:

  • Working closely within RCUK to harmonise the interface with universities
  • Maintaining clear and largely common Research Council conditions attached to funding
  • Visits to universities to validate use of funds and operation of best practice
  • Promoting collaboration and strategic partnerships with key universities and institutes


Effective and efficient administration will be achieved by:

  • Increased collaboration and merging of support activities with other Research Councils, largely through the UK SBS, with emphasis on a more harmonised interface for stakeholders
  • Development of detailed delivery plans to define the full range of actions that flow from this Strategic Plan
  • Maintaining contact with industry, Government, universities and institutes to review strategies and plans on a regular basis
  • Ensuring that funding opportunities are communicated widely and applications processed on a fair and timely basis using effective and efficient peer review procedures
  • Implementing enhanced information systems to support the above activities