This is a detailed list of all our councils’ themes, research areas, programmes and priorities. You can find what we are investing in and what resources you can access.
To understand our overarching objectives and future plans, see the UKRI strategic themes and council delivery plans.
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This initiative supports innovative research to develop solutions to current food security issues and challenges relating to sustainable food production. It will translate research into measurable real-world outcomes that increase prosperity in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia or southern Asia.
This programme aims to:
The Philippines is a mineral-rich country yet mining is restricted due to previous negative environmental impact, illegal operations and mismanagement. This programme seeks sustainable solutions that benefit the economy and local livelihoods and minimise negative impacts on the environment.
This is a priority area for standard research grants from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). It encourages proposals that aim to enhance food and non-food production using resources more efficiently, with better outcomes – while minimising environmental impact.
The application of engineering tools and principles to design and engineer novel biologically based parts, devices and systems that do not exist in the natural world, as well as the redesign of existing natural biological systems for useful purposes.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) supports world-leading multidisciplinary synthetic biology research in the UK. Synthetic biology could help to solve major global challenges in fields including health and wellbeing, energy, food security and the environment.
Design and synthesis of novel coordination complexes and ligands, and development of novel synthetic methodologies.
This research area involves devising new ways to design and synthesise organic molecules, with an emphasis on developing new reagents or new novel synthetic methodologies based on new chemical reactivity.
With a focus on structures comprising several or many molecules, design and synthesis of chemical systems using molecular self-assembly and recognition.
This priority promotes systems biology approaches across our portfolio. Systems biology addresses biological questions by integrating experiments with computational modelling and theory. It aims to holistically explain biological function, from molecules to cells to whole organisms and populations.
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