UK Endemic Livestock Research Initiative

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), in collaboration with Defra, DAERA, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and AHDB, are launching a new £9.25M funding Initiative to tackle the challenge of endemic diseases in UK livestock (pigs, poultry and ruminants). Bovine TB research is not included as it already receives extensive funding from each of these UK government funders.

The Initiative seeks to build partnerships between academics, businesses and on-farm users and invest in collaborative research and development projects focused on predicting, preventing, mitigating against and treating endemic disease on UK farmed animals.  The research will support the livestock industry’s continued progress in improving animal health and welfare and reducing environmental impacts. 

The Initiative will consist of two phases.  The first phase is a priming partnerships phase consisting of a BBSRC/AHDB Catalysing Partnerships opportunity to support knowledge exchange; and a priming partnership workshop, with associated funding from BBSRC, Defra, DAERA, Scottish Government and Welsh Government, to be held virtually over two weeks from 15th – 26th November 2021.  Researchers, farmers, businesses, vets and other organisations are invited to attend the workshop to form groups that co-develop ideas for research and innovation to tackle endemic diseases in livestock.  At the end of the two-week workshop, groups will share their ideas with all workshop participants and receive feedback.  Some workshop participants will then be invited to develop their research proposals and submit them for funding as part of the first phase.  This will be linked to a wider Phase 2 open call for larger collaborative research and development investment, to be launched in autumn 2022. 

The following are the web links to the funding opportunity and the online priming partnership workshop application for the first phase of the Initiative:

Back to top