The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public
Its aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.
Funded by government, BBSRC invested £498 million in world-class bioscience in 2017-18. The Council supports research and training in universities and at eight strategically funded institutes (which include Norwich Research Park Partners John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute and Earlham Institute).
BBSRC supports around 1,600 scientists and 2,000 research students in universities and institutes across the UK.
BBSRC funds world-class bioscience, people and research infrastructure that helps to tackle major challenges such as the impact of climate change, a healthier old age, and sustainable food production, land use and energy production.
Find out more about how BBSRC-funded research has had an impact on science, the economy and social issues here Our impact – BBSRC (ukri.org)
Norwich Research Park is a UK Research and Innovation campus. Research and Innovation Campuses create environments where interactions between world-leading researchers and businesses can occur – be it in labs or over coffee. These low-risk environments foster early-stage innovation, accelerating excellent research into tangible social and economic benefits for the UK and beyond.
These Campuses form a crucial part of UKRI-BBSRC’s broader innovation strategy to enable entrepreneurs and businesses to access, influence and collaborate with the brightest academic minds and the best bioscience facilities in the UK.
Research and Innovation Campuses form a vital component of the UK innovation ecosystem. Each Campus is centred on a critical mass of world leading bioscience, strategically funded by UKIR-BBSRC. This provides a unique environment where companies can access specialist facilities and exchange ideas with leading researchers.
There are 5 UKRI Research and Innovation Campuses namely; Norwich Research Park, Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus, Babraham Research Campus, Easter Bush Campus and Rothamsted Research Campus.