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UK Biotech and Biological Science Research Council

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress

Assessment

Non-financial commitments
London 2013

1. Work with the Global Food Security (GFS) program, a cross- government research coordination mechanism, to scale up engagement on nutrition-related research.

2. Work with CGIAR’s HarvestPlus to organize a UK and international scientific workshop on next-generation bio fortified crops and bioavailability.

3. Work with research councils and other partners to develop a networked approach to nutrition and health.

Reported progress

The Global Food Security (GFS) programme is leading on a new 47.5m interdisciplinary research programme to transform the food system for health and sustainability. The programme is designed to place nutrition at the heart of the food system and determine what foods we should be eating, growing, manufacturing and importing for healthy people and a healthy planet. The first call in the programme was launched in late 2019 and aims to fund several large consortia (up to 6m each), bringing together academia, policy, business and civil society.

Nutritional content of crops features in the scope of the Transforming the UK food system for healthy people and a healthy environment programme (Strategic Priorities Fund) which aims to deliver research to fundamentally transform the UK food system, by placing healthy people and a healthy natural environment at its centre, including crop science. Both of the current calls, Call 1 for Research Consortia (25m) and Call 2 for a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) (5m), include agricultural and crop science to improve human health.

BBSRC has committed 1m to form a joint UK pot of 1.5m with the Medical Research Council (MRC) to support UK researchers participating in the Joint Programming Initiative a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL JPI) joint action on the Development of targeted nutrition for prevention of undernutrition for older adults (PREVNUT). The aim of this call is to support transnational and transdisciplinary research consortia, focusing on the prevention of undernutrition in older adults through a proper balance between nutrition, lifestyle and physical activity, and/or the development of new food products. The call closed on 12 May 2020.

invested 500,000 to support five Diet and Health Seeding Awards to add value to previous BBSRC investment through the Diet and Health Research Industry Club (DRINC) and Priming Food Partnerships (PFP). The aims of the Seeding Awards are to increase engagement with businesses based in the UK, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and to facilitate knowledge exchange activities between academics and industry, thereby enabling uptake of research. Awards began on 1 October 2019 and completed by 28 February 2020.

8.7m was invested to support 10, three year interdisciplinary research projects via the UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund (UKRI GCRF) Collective Fund Call, 'A Combined Food Systems Approach to Scaling-up Interventions to Address the Double Burden of Malnutrition', which seeks to consolidate existing evidence and synthesise new evidence for sustainable, multidisciplinary approaches that will address the global challenge of the double burden of malnutrition, both under- and over- nutrition, both of which are associated with inadequate micronutrient intakes https://bbsrc.ukri.org/funding/filter/2019-double-burden-malnutrition/

Nutrition and health is a key area in the Transforming the UK food system for healthy people and a healthy environment programme (Strategic Priorities Fund), which aims to deliver research to fundamentally transform the UK food system by placing healthy people and a healthy natural environment at its centre. Two calls are in progress: Call 1 for Research Consortia (25m) and Call 2 for a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) (5m), both of which include nutrition to improve human health.

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

At least half of the individual commitment components are assessed to be on course