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Forward Look for UK Bioscience

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Pushing back the frontiers of biology to deliver a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future.

The Forward Look for UK Bioscience is a roadmap setting the direction of travel for UK bioscience and is an opportunity to address some of the 21st century’s greatest challenges to provide food security, clean growth and healthy ageing.

It has been developed by UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

“The Forward Look covers a period when the research landscape is changing rapidly. There are significant opportunities for UK bioscience to drive growth in the bioeconomy, acting as a focus for private sector investments and inspiring new companies around potentially disruptive bio-based solutions in exciting areas of agri-tech, industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology to name but a few,” said Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Chair of UKRI - BBSRC.

The plan for the future draws on advice and expertise of the research community and a diverse range of stakeholders.

Working within UKRI, the priorities identified will guide BBSRC’s actions and investments in the coming years, particularly in relation to development of the council’s more detailed Strategic Delivery Plan, ensuring investment in the best bioscience, technologies and infrastructure and the incredible range of talented people needed to deliver.

The Forward Look for UK bioscience is structured around three themes that outline key challenges for the years ahead:

  • Advancing the frontiers of bioscience discovery
  • Tackling strategic challenges
  • Building strong foundations

“There is a real opportunity for BBSRC to ensure the strength of the UK biotechnology and biological research and skills base continues to be selected as a partner of choice globally and to harness the power of biology to drive a more healthy, prosperous and sustainable future,” said Professor Welham.


About UK Research and Innovation

UK Research and Innovation is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.

We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

About the Forward Look for UK Bioscience

The Forward Look for UK Bioscience is a step towards the development of BBSRC’s strategic delivery plan which will be published in the spring of 2019, and will guide BBSRC’s priorities and actions in the coming years.

Read the full document: Forward Look for UK Bioscience.


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 £498 million in world-class bioscience in 2017-18. 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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