BBSRC Strategy and More


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Presentation from the Livestock Inter-Agency Donor Group (IADG) Meeting 2010. 4-5 May 2010 Italy, Rome IFAD Headquarters.

The event involved approximately 45 representatives from the international partner agencies to discuss critical needs for livestock development and research issues for the coming decade.

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BBSRC Strategy and More

  1. 1. BBSRC Strategy and More Dr Jef Hammond Head World Reference Laboratory for Foot and Mouth Disease Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright Laboratory, U.K. A BBSRC Institute
  2. 2. Outline • Introduction to BBSRC • BBSRC Strategic Plan 2010-2015 • Animal Sciences funding • Food Security • CIDLID • FMD
  3. 3. What is BBSRC’s function? MISSION • Fund first-class BIOSCIENCE (NON- MEDICAL) RESEARCH • TRAIN bioscientists • Support KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER • ENGAGE with public STAKEHOLDERS • SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY • INDUSTRY: agriculture, food, chemical, health, pharmaceutical • PUBLIC: dialogue and consultation • GOVERNMENT • INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS EXCELLENCE WITH IMPACT
  4. 4. Strategic Plan 2010 – 2015 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….
  5. 5. BBSRC Strategic Plan 2010-2015
  6. 6. Strategic Plan 2010 – 2015Three major research priorities Food Security Bioenergy and Basic bioscience Industrial underpinning health Biotechnology
  7. 7. Knowledge exchange,innovation and skills Ensuring that our world- class science and skilled people have maximum impact Boosting the UK economy, connecting to policy and improving quality of life. • Skills and capabilities • KE and translation • Promoting innovation • Culture change
  8. 8. Exploiting new ways ofworking Innovative ways of working in an era of rapid technology change, the next generation internet, and quantitative and computational bioscience Bioscience IS big data science • New tools and facilities • Data rich bioscience - Standards - Sharing - interoperability • Systems biology
  9. 9. Partnerships Working with our many stakeholders and other funders, nationally and internationally, to deliver our exciting vision for UK bioscience • Collaborative funding • Enhancing impact • Engaging society • International links
  10. 10. BBSRC Funding Mechanismsfor Animal Sciences • Research Institutes through capital investments, National Capability awards, Institute Strategic Programme Grants (ISPGs) – Institute for Animal Health – Roslin Institute • Responsive Mode grants + Strategic grants – HEI sector and BBSRC institutes • Initiatives – CIDLID: BBSRC partnership with DfID and Scottish Gov. – 16 grants awarded. Total funding £13M • Fellowships • Studentships • TSB: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Platform
  11. 11. BBSRC-DFID Initiatives • Sustainable Agricultural Research for International Development (SARID) - 2006 • Combating Infectious Disease of Livestock for International Development (CIDLID) - 2008
  12. 12. CIDLID • Budget: £13M • Remit: to improve farm animal health, welfare and productivity by enabling the more effective, sustainable management of livestock diseases. • 16 projects funded • 7 at IAH
  13. 13. New Food SecurityResearch ProgrammeRising to the challenge • BBSRC is leading for RCUK on a new Food Security research programme: – multi-funder (RCs and Gov Depts) – multi-disciplinary – long term • Established a Programme Development Board – co-design programme and governance
  14. 14. RC-UKCross-Council Programmes Productive economy Healthy society Sustainable world• Digital economy • Lifelong health and wellbeing • Living with environmental change• Resilient economy • Connected communities • Energy• Global uncertainties • Food security 14
  15. 15. Major BBSRC Investments >£200M across both institutes Roslin- Livestock Genetics Front ElevationPirbright LaboratoryInstitute for Animal HealthInfectious Viral Diseasesof Livestock
  16. 16. Site redevelopment at IAH Pirbright –2013- £100 million plus
  17. 17. Reference Laboratories at Pirbright•Global presence•Enabling capability•World class reputation•FAO World Reference Laboratories•Defra Reference Laboratories•EU Community Reference Laboratories•OIE Reference LaboratoriesInstitute for Animal Health
  18. 18. FMD • A present and continuing severe global threat • Devastating economic, social and environmental impacts – severe productivity losses – disruptions in a wide range of agricultural, industrial and social activities – major threat to food supply – major expense in control and re-eradication – high cost of surveillance and emergency preparednessInstitute for Animal Health
  19. 19. World Reference Laboratory for FMD WRLFMD:Main activities • 24/7 Diagnostic Service • Global surveillance • Strain characterisation • Vaccine matching • Extensive library of isolates • Test improvement, validation, quality assurance, reagent supply and training • Advice • Reports WRLFMDInstitute for Animal Health
  20. 20. New research projects:AfricaFMD Research programme in southern Africa(Linking projects funded by BBSRC/DfID, Wellcome Trust,FAO/OIE) -Epidemiology of FMD in Tanzania -Improved vaccines for Southern AfricaAsiaUK-Defra -Development of full genome sequencing toolsFAO -High-resolution molecular epidemiology of FMD in western EurAsiaEPIZONE -Sequencing network for European and Asian laboratories (WRLFMD, LVRI, SAP, VET-DTU)
  21. 21. FMD control through collaboration • Combined activity • No duplication • Leverage for funding • United approach • Already showing success
  22. 22. Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations Quality Information for• Countries• Regions Supporting• Governments Farmers of• Industry Tomorrow• Animal Health Agencies• Farmers Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright Laboratory, Ash Road, Pirbright, Woking, Surrey, GU24 0NF, Thank you for your attention United Kingdom. Tel: + 44 (0)1483 232441 Fax: + 44 (0)1483 232448