As at 1 January 2010, 
BBSRC was third among funders of  projects at WHRI

The graphic shows WHRI's portfolio of short-term (2009-2014) projects -
the number of running projects plotted against date
(funders=Defra, HDC, BBSRC (in light blue), the EC, EPSRC,  & "others")
Projects started after 1 Jan 2010 not included

data from

History of the BBSRC
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) was established in 1994
from the Agricultural and Food Research Council
plus biotechnology and biological sciences programmes of the Science and Engineering Research Council.

BBSRC's Institutes
BBSRC now has seven institutes (Institute for Animal Health, Roslin, Babraham, Food Research, Grassland and Environmental Research, John Innes, Rothamsted).

Types of research supported by BBSRC
In 2006-7 BBSRC's total Research Spend was UKP 296.7  million 
             3.7% was devoted to "Specific applied research" projects, 
          27.8% to "Strategic applied research",
          68.5% to "Orientated basic research" projects
(Definitions as per the OECD Frascati Manual)
(Source )

Types of organisation supported by BBSRC
In 2007-8, BBSRC's total (gross) expenditure was UKP 380 million
          64% of this went to universities and other organisations,
          36% ( UKP 138 mio ) to the BBSRC institutes

BBSRC's contributions to Its Institutes

BBSRC's biggest revenue spend in that year was at John Innes
           UKP 20.6 million, 74% of the John Innes Institute's total revenue income, came from the BBSRC.
BBSRC's lowest revenue spend was at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research.
          UKP 5.9 million,  38% of IGER's total revenue income,
was from the BBSRC.

BBSRC Institutes' other sources of revenue
The institutes' other sources of revenue in that year were  (
as overall average),
           22% from
        16% from "Other sources" 
           10% from
"Other research income"
          8%  from "EU and international sources"
          5% from "Industrial contract income"

BBSRC's capital funding of Institutes
The total capital funding from the BBSRC to its institutes was UKP 44.4 mio
          Its biggest spend ( UKP 17.6 million) was at the Institute for Animal Health
          The smallest             ( UKP 1.3 million) was at the Institute for Food Research
We are still looking for figures from the time of the Agricultural Research Council
All data gratefully received!

The BBSRC and other Research Councils

The BBSRC works with the Economic and Social Research Council
and the Natural Environment Research Council
in certain joint programmes,
notably the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (RELU)

In 2006 RELU allocated ? 7 million for work on Animal and Plant Disease Management,
Sustainable Rural Planning

RELU funded, for example, a project on
"The Role of Regulation in Developing Biological Alternatives to Pesticides" at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Data created (sic) include Fungal nucleotide sequence data for insect pathogens
and Diversity of insect pathogenic fungal species

BBSRC and the Technology Strategy Board
BBSRC works with the Technology Strategy Board and Defra on
the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform
"a major initiative to stimulate the development of new technologies
that will increase food productivity, while decreasing the environmental impact
of the food and farming industries.

"The Platform will invest up to UKP 75 million over the next five years (=2010-2015)
in innovative technological research and development in areas such as
           crop productivity,
           sustainable livestock production,
           waste reduction and management, and
           greenhouse gas reduction. "

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