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BBSRC Strategic Plan 2010 - 2015: The Age of Bioscience Driven by new tools and technologies ….never before have researchers been able to address such.

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2 BBSRC Strategic Plan : The Age of Bioscience Driven by new tools and technologies ….never before have researchers been able to address such a breadth and depth of biological questions….

3 Three crucial enabling themes Three major strategic science priorities World-class bioscience

4 Food Security Bioenergy and Industrial Biotechnology Basic bioscience underpinning health Three major strategic science priorities (Grand Challenges) Three crucial enabling themes Exploiting new ways of working KE, innovation and skills Partnerships Hemera © Thinkstock 2011 iStockphoto © Thinkstock 2011 © Jupiter Images Corporation 2010 © 2011

5 The Delivery Plan is guided by six core principles: Maintaining excellence in bioscience Meeting UK and global bioscience ‘grand challenges’ Transforming delivery and driving efficiency Powering economic recovery and growth in the new bioeconomy Ensuring a supply of highly skilled people Underpinning national security

6 Maintaining excellence in bioscience Protect responsive mode: balanced portfolio of funding mechanisms More strategic focus: societal and economic Grand Challenges Fewer initiatives: unless with leverage…. more highlight notices Excellent people: skills development and careers New ways of working: Data intensive and multidisciplinary bioscience Infrastructure and capability: e.g. institutes as national facilities

7 Institutes Mostly strategic research Mission orientated Longer-term funding (5yr programmes) specialist facilities and capabilities Universities Basic and strategic research Curiosity driven / aligned to university strategy Short and long-term funding (1-5yr grants) specialist facilities and capabilities BBSRC fund research in Universities and Institutes 1:2 around £260 M p.a. around £140 M p.a. © Institute For Animal Health 2009

8 GFS programme: Joining up research through BBSRC leadership Position UK as a Global leader in wheat:  Wheat genome 5x coverage  £7M for public wheat pre-breeding programme (sLoLa award) Reducing GHG emissions from Agriculture: Living with Env. Change (LWEC) Transformational research: enhancing photosynthesis Underpinning the livestock sector: productivity, sustainability, health and welfare Food Security Some BBSRC priorities Hemera © Thinkstock 2011 Michael Blann/Digital Vision, © Thinkstock 2011 Hemera Technologies © Getty Images 2011© Jupiter Images Corporation2009 iStockphoto © Thinkstock 2011

9 Food security* 9 BBSRC Strategic Priorities Crop science Animal health Livestock production Soil science and agri-systems approaches Healthy and safe food

10 Recent Calls FACCE JPI pilot action: ‘A detailed climate change risk assessment for European agriculture and food security’FACCE JPI pilot action: ‘A detailed climate change risk assessment for European agriculture and food security’ Ecology of infectious diseases Effects of environmental change on the soil-water interface: Implications for food production and water supplyEffects of environmental change on the soil-water interface: Implications for food production and water supply EMIDA ERA-Net (Emerging and Major Infectious Diseases of Livestock)EMIDA ERA-Net Sustainable Crop Production Research for International DevelopmentSustainable Crop Production Research for International Development 10

11 The BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre (BSBEC) Perennial Bioenergy Crops Angela Karp (Rothamsted) IBERS Imperial College University of Cambridge Ceres Inc Cell Wall Sugars Paul Dupree (Cambridge) Newcastle University Novozymes A/G Cell Wall Lignin Claire Halpin (Dundee) University of York SCRI RERAD Limagrain UK Ltd Syngenta AgroParisTec – INRA joint Research Unit of Biological Chemistry Lignocellulosic Conversion to Bioethanol Katherine Smart (Nottingham) University of Bath University of Surrey BP Bioethanol Ltd Briggs of Burton British Sugar Ltd Coors Brewers Ltd DSM Ethanol Technology Ltd HGCA Pursuit Dynamics SABMiller Scottish Whisky Research Institute Second Generation, Sustainable, Bacterial Biofuels Nigel Minton (Nottingham) Newcastle University TMO Renewables Ltd Marine Wood Borer Enzyme Discovery Simon McQueen- Mason (York) University of Portsmouth Syngenta Biomass Traits Group Biomass Growth Biomass Composition Biomass Deconstruction Fermentation Fuel ENVIRONMENT, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY £20 million plus £4 million industrial support

12 Advanced Training Partnerships (ATPs; £12.7M/5 years) Aberystwyth University (C. Newbold) ATP for Sustainable and Efficient Food Production Partnering with Bangor and NIAB, plus Waitrose, White Gold, Velcourt Royal Veterinary College (S. May) Advanced Training in Intensive Livestock Health and Production Partnering with Cambridge, Edinburgh (Roslin), Newcastle, Kent, plus Aviagen, Pfizer, Vion University of Nottingham (J. Roberts) Establishment of a Strategic Training Hub for the Advancement of the UK Agri-Food Industry Partnering with Harper Adams, Rothamsted (Brooms Barn), Cranfield, plus Campden BRI, BASF, Masstock, Waitrose, Bakkavor University of Reading (C. Williams) Food Quality and Health – Sustaining the Future Partnering with Rothamsted, Birmingham and, via Leatherhead Food Research, British Sugar, Danisco, National Milk Research, PepsiCo, Sainsbury’s

13 Enhancing photosynthesis Ides Lab - 5-day intensive workshop that a ims to develop multidisciplinary, transformative, and high-risk high-reward proposals Outline proposals continually refined through ‘real time’ peer review by respected academics A select number of high-quality outlines have been invited to submit full proposals – over $8M available Parallel standard BBSRC initiative on enhancing photosynthesis - £2M available

14 Standard Research Grant (SRG) Led by early-mid career SSA/S.Asia PEARL Fellow Project duration: = 4 years No funding for PhD studentships Funding covers PI salary Led by early-mid career SSA/S.Asia PEARL Fellow Project duration: = 4 years No funding for PhD studentships Funding covers PI salary Sustainable Crop Production Research for International Development (SCPRID) Led by PI from any eligible institution Project duration: ≤ 5 years May include PhD studentships Funding does not cover PI salary Led by PI from any eligible institution Project duration: ≤ 5 years May include PhD studentships Funding does not cover PI salary –Projects for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders (PEARLs) Must include at least one UK partner and one from a Developing Country Assessed for Scientific Excellence, Development Relevance and Research Capacity Building Must include at least one UK partner and one from a Developing Country Assessed for Scientific Excellence, Development Relevance and Research Capacity Building All Projects

15 BBSRC international activity Developing Countries – Already two successful initiatives with DfID (SARID and CIDLID) – Launched third SCPRID Jan 2011 (with Gates and Indian Govt) Europe – Joint Programming Initiative: BBSRC-lead with INRA on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change – Shaping FP8 Agricultural ‘superpowers’ – Collaboration with NSF on enhancing photosynthesis – Further exploring opportunities with Brazil

16 FACCE JPI - Joining Forces in Europe in Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change FACCE-JPI Secretariat INRA/BBSRC Joint Programming brings a new dimension to European research by aligning national programmes in participating countries around grand societal challenges.

17 Global Food Security Programme

18 Global Food Security

19 The challenge for agriculture Need: 50% more production on less land, with less water, using less energy, fertiliser and pesticide … …by 2030 … whilst not increasing GHG emissions

20 Food Food production/supply Population Waste reduction including on farm, post harvest and consumer Technology adoption Better management Climate change GHG targets Changing diets Energy Fertiliser costs Nutrient costs Land use Land availability Water Biodiversity Ban on chemicals Is there really a problem?

21 By 2030: Agricultural production More people means less cultivated land per person for food, feed, (agro)-fuel and fibre production 2030 – 8.3 bn people 2030?

22 Environment Energy Emerging technologies Human Health Economics, politics and social Research & development Effects of the climate change on agriculture & aquaculture; water and land use; and biodiversity Competition and synergies with biofuels and biorenewables; and effects of energy prices on food Nanotechnology in agri-food Industry Global commodities markets and world trade policies Underpinning biology, chemistry, economics, engineering and social science Nutritional requirements linked to health Food Centric Issues Food: from agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries to processing, consumer affairs and diet Food Increasing populations and demand on food Competition for agricultural land from multiple sources: industry, housing, leisure Increasing costs and impacts of global food distribution networks Changes of diet in key developing nations (change to higher protein/meat diets) Potential impact of global pandemics of animal or plant diseases and new emerging diseases Food safety, including pathogens and toxins Public attitudes to food and farming (e.g. GM, organic food, pesticides, greater ethical treatment of animals, food costs) Food waste, at farm, processing and in the home Understanding personal nutrition for health or survival Changing requirements of food supply linked to changing demographics Biofortification of crops to improve nutrition Environment, sustainability and resource use

23 Agri-Food Research Production Manufacture DistributionConsumerHealth BBSRC Defra FSA DfID MRC NERC ESRC Scot.Gov DH Food related Disease Natural Environment Research EPSRC TSB

24 Programme Themes 1. Economic Resilience 2. Resource Efficiency 3. Sustainable production and supply 4. Sustainable, healthy, safe diets Innovation Skills Infrastructure; International User engagement and communication Sustainable, affordable, safe, healthy food Sustainable ecosystems; reducing GHG and waste

25 Agri-ecosystems priority = research towards developing an understanding of the interactions of the multiple elements of an agricultural system and the broader natural environment, to inform predictive and/or adaptive strategies to sustainably manage and balance agricultural production and ecosystem services (e.g. biodiversity). -Whole system analyses (problems not shifted elsewhere) -Includes water and energy interactions and costs -Brings together expertise of natural, biological and social/economic sciences -Predicting how strategies can impact on the whole system essential for policy makers (Defra, EA) and landscape managers (farmers!). How do we decide what services to prioritise, where and when? Effective management of tradeoffs. -Central importance of soil science and rhizosphere interactions

26 Interfaces with other programmes Impact of environmental change on water and food security Improving security of food supply in developing countries to increase prosperity and societal and political stability Sustainable, safe and nutritious food supply. Diet and health. LWEC Global Uncertainties Food Security Lifelong Health and Wellbeing UK, EU, World context Growing population Changing demographics Agricultural efficiency Aquaculture World trade Transport Post harvest losses Food processing Food choice Retail Reducing ‘energy’ inputs across the food supply chain. New sources of energy and competition for land. Energy


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