This is a detailed list of all our councils’ themes, research areas, programmes and priorities. You can find what we are investing in and what resources you can access.
To understand our overarching objectives and future plans, see the UKRI strategic themes and council delivery plans.
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The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) supports world-leading multidisciplinary synthetic biology research in the UK. Synthetic biology could help to solve major global challenges in fields including health and wellbeing, energy, food security and the environment.
This priority promotes systems biology approaches across our portfolio. Systems biology addresses biological questions by integrating experiments with computational modelling and theory. It aims to holistically explain biological function, from molecules to cells to whole organisms and populations.
Prepare for future disease epidemics and halt the ‘slow motion pandemic’ of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
This theme focuses on research that yields the next generation of new technologies, methodologies and resources in bioscience. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) encourages development of novel bioanalytical or biological tools and technologies where there are gaps.
The Transformative Technologies programme develops the tools, technologies and approaches that enable researchers to push the boundaries of bioscience discovery and stimulate innovation. The programme is divided into four main themes:
This challenge supports new ways to produce food that reduces emissions and pollution, and contributes to feeding a growing world population.
The aim is to:
The UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund (formerly known as the Rainbow Seed Fund) is a £40 million early-stage venture capital fund. Its purpose is to build and grow technology companies stemming from the UK’s research base.
The aim of this investment is to drive innovation in digital health by promoting knowledge and skills sharing across healthcare, academia and business.
EPSRC and UKRI have invested in five digital health hubs that will drive the development of innovative digital technologies for healthcare.
UKRI impact acceleration accounts (IAAs) are strategic awards providing funding to research organisations to use creatively for a wide range of impact activities.
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is committed to ensuring high standards of welfare for all managed animals including farmed, laboratory, and companion. We encourage research that seeks to understand and promote the welfare of managed animals in the UK.
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