Bioscience for health


Through bioscience for health (BfH), BBSRC provides sustained research investment to improve health and wellbeing through the life course.

This recognises the importance of both fundamental bioscience and studies of human, animal and microbial biology, and collaborative multidisciplinary approaches that will lead to improvements in the health and wellbeing of humans and animals in the context of the 'One Biology, One Health' concept. This is a collaborative and coordinated approach to combat infectious diseases of zoonotic origin by drawing on a common pool of scientific knowledge from multiple disciplines to improve the health and wellbeing of animals and people in their environment.


The ageing population is a key policy challenge for the UK Government for which sustained investment is required. Increasing the 'healthspan' of an individual through understanding the biological mechanisms of ageing and maintenance of health through the life course is the key driver for BfH, and BBSRC supports research addressing the UK ageing strategy.


The BfH priority is delivered through responsive mode grants, cross-Research Council programmes, industrial and international collaborations, and topic-specific workshops.

Looking ahead

Future delivery of this priority will be through completion of a final phase of the cross-Council Lifelong Health and Wellbeing programme, and further support through RM and international activities.