21 April 1995

Research cuts on cards

MORE research cuts and job losses will follow the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Councils plan to shift funding to priority areas.

The move will redirect £8.7m in 1995-96 to 10 key areas including plant and animal genetics, non-food uses of plants and the development of new vaccines.

To release money for priority areas, the former Agricultural and Food Research Council plans "some reductions in funding to institutes sponsored by the BBSRC and in grant awards to universities". "This re-orientation is unlikely to be achieved without further reductions in institute staffing," a statement adds.

Prof Tom Blundell, BBSRC chief executive, said its plan outlined how the council "shall ensure funds are directed towards the scientists most able to pursue our objectives". &#42