Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence


Memorandum 45

Supplementary memorandum from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

BBSRC ANNUAL EXPENDITURE ON MARINE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY-RELATED RESEARCH

  Overall, BBSRC's total spend on marine science research for the period 2002-03 to 2006-07 can be seen in Table 1, below.

  Note that these figures include all relevant research, including research grants, Institute Core Strategic Grant (CSG) projects and studentships. For 2006-07, figures shown are forecast spend as 2006-07 annual spend for Institute CSG projects is not yet available.

  This paper should be read in conjunction with the BBSRC's response to the Investigating the Oceans Inquiry (Memorandum 26, for information). As discussed in the initial response, marine science research is at the periphery of BBSRC's remit and therefore the Council supports little research that is directly relevant to this area. The data provided below includes research on: aquaculture involving animals that naturally have all or part of their life cycle in a marine environment, (eg cod and salmon); MSc degrees in aquaculture; research involving cephalopods, cyanobacteria and crustacea. It does not include freshwater organisms; model species such as zebrafish; studies into run-off, catchment or environmental pollution (unless a marine environment is specifically targeted).

TOTAL MARINE SCIENCE SPEND FOR THE PERIOD 2002-03—2006-07


Table 1
Estimated Spend (£K)
Forecast spend
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07 (£K)

Total
2,342
2,887
2,839
3,585
3,111



MARINE SCIENCE SPEND BY RESEARCH COMMITTEE


Table 2
Estimated Spend (£K)
Forecast spend
Committee area
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07 (£K)

Agri-Food
401
376
545
848
702
Animal Sciences
821
877
652
917
1,197
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
275
362
366
377
207
Biomolecular Sciences
43
81
74
67
50
Engineering and Biological Systems
7
14
22
24
17
Genes and Developmental Biology
667
1,008
1,056
1,144
775
Plant and Microbial Sciences
130
168
126
210
162
Total
2,342
2,887
2,839
3,585
3,111


  Details of the Research Committee remits can be found at: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/science/areas/Welcome.html

MARINE SCIENCE SPEND BY CROSS-COMMITTEE PRIORITY AREA


Name of cross-Committee priority area
Awarding Committee
Estimated Spend (£K)
Forecast spend
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07 (£K)

Bioscience Engineering
PMS
0
0
0
0
2,409
Theoretical Biology
GDB
0
0
0
71,428
77,922
Total
0
0
0
71,428
80,331


RESEARCH CO-FUNDED WITH ANOTHER RESEARCH COUNCIL

  BBSRC did not co-fund any marine science research jointly with other Research Councils in the period 2002-03-2006-07.

July 2007





 
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