There are three main drivers for this programme.
Investing in and developing the UK research base
We want to ensure the UK has the capacity and capability to undertake a wide range of cross-disciplinary, internationally competitive scientific research. This research will serve to attract investment and provide opportunities for employment and economic growth.
This involves working closely with:
Encouraging and building the research base and user interactions
We want to ensure the UK research base is connected with its user community, to allow the flow of ideas along the supply and value chains to help facilitate translation of research and innovation. This will support knowledge exchange and the commercialisation of BBSRC-sponsored research, and make the community user-ready as well as providing opportunities for inward investment, employment and economic growth.
Meeting societal needs, promoting awareness and facilitating societal interactions
We want to ensure the UK research base helps to provide solutions to key societal needs, such as helping to maintain affordable, sustainable lifestyles through increased use of bio-renewables, while meeting key legal obligations, particularly in net zero carbon.
The role also includes promoting interactions with society, informing on the outcomes of research and gauging public attitudes to current and emerging issues in this area.
Similarly, this programme endeavours to support the UK government’s net zero strategy with investments that address targets in the report.