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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Polaris House
North Star Avenue
Swindon
SN2 1UH

Tel: 01793 413200
Fax: 01793 413201

Web: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council was formed by Royal Charter in 1994 by the amalgamation of the former Agricultural and Food Research Council with the biotechnology and biological sciences programmes of the former Science and Engineering Research Council. It is a non-departmental public body which is principally funded from the Science Budget by the Department of Trade and Industry through the Office of Science and Technology.

The Council was established for three purposes:

  • to promote and support high-quality basic, strategic and applied research, and related postgraduate training relating to the understanding and exploitation of biological systems;
  • to advance knowledge and technology and provide trained scientists and engineers, which meet the needs of users and beneficiaries (including the agriculture, bioprocessing, chemical, food, health care, pharmaceutical and other biotechnology related industries), thereby contributing to the economic competitiveness of the UK and the quality of life;
  • to provide advice, disseminate knowledge, and promote public understanding in the fields of biotechnology and the biological sciences.

The Council encourages multi-discplinary approaches; giving opportunities to chemists, physicists, agricultural scientists and engineers, as well as biologists.

The BBSRC currently supports research into the following areas:

  • agricultural systems
  • animal science and psychology
  • biochemistry and cell biology
  • biomolecular sciences
  • chemicals and pharmaceuticals
  • engineering and physical sciences
  • food
  • genes and developmental biology
  • plant microbial sciences
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