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Terms of use

These terms of use (together with the documents referred to on it) (Terms) set out the terms for use of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (‘BBSRC’) website (our/the site), which apply to all visitors to our site. Please read these terms of use carefully before you start to use the site. By using our site, you indicate that you accept these Terms and that you agree to abide by them. If you do not agree to these Terms, please refrain from using our site.

Our site is operated by BBSRC (we or us). BBSRC is based at North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1UH. For more information about BBSRC see Our organisation.

Accessing our site

Access to our site is permitted on a temporary basis, and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on our site without notice (see below). We will not be liable if for any reason our site is unavailable at any time or for any period.

From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of our site, or our entire site, to users who have registered with us.

If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any third party. We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these Terms.

When using our site, you must comply with the provisions of our acceptable use policy as outlined below, as well as our blog rules when using the Chief Executive's Blog section of the site.

You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to our site. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of these terms, and that they comply with them.

Intellectual property rights

We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our site, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

You may print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from our site for your personal reference and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to material posted on our site.

Copyright material from our site may be reproduced in print or electronically for educational and research purposes provided that:

You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of material on our site must always be acknowledged.

You must not use any part of the materials on our site for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors.

If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these Terms, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

Use of images

Unless otherwise noted, all images (GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF or other formats) on the BBSRC website are the copyright of either BBSRC or Thinkstock.

Images must not be downloaded, reproduced or retransmitted from this website, and while images may be used for personal use, prior consent must be obtained from BBSRC.

If you believe that any material on the Site infringes upon any copyright that you own or control, please contact the webmaster@bbsrc.ac.uk.

Reliance on information posted

Commentary and other materials posted on our site are not intended to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed. We therefore disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials by any visitor to our site, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Our site changes regularly

We aim to update our site regularly, and may change the content at any time. If the need arises, we may suspend access to our site, or close it indefinitely. Any of the material on our site may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update such material.

Our liability

The material displayed on our site is provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to its accuracy. To the extent permitted by law we and any third parties connected to us hereby expressly exclude:

This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

Information about you and your visits to our site

We process information about you in accordance with our privacy policy. By using our site, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.

Uploading material to our site

Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload material to our site, or to make contact with other users of our site, you must comply with the content standards set out in our acceptable use policy. You warrant that any such contribution does comply with those standards, and you indemnify us for any breach of that warranty.

Any material you upload to our site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary, and we have the right to use, edit, copy, distribute and disclose to third parties any such material for any purpose. We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any material posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.

We will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any materials posted by you or any other user of our site.

We have the right to remove any material or posting you make on our site if, in our opinion, such material does not comply with the content standards set out in our acceptable use policy.

Acceptable Use Policy

Prohibited uses

You may use our site only for lawful purposes. You may not use our site:

You also agree:

Interactive services

We may from time to time provide interactive services on our site.

Where we do provide any interactive service, we will provide clear information to you about the kind of service offered, if it is moderated and what form of moderation is used (including whether it is human or technical).

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

Contributions must not:

Suspension and termination

We will determine, in our discretion, whether there has been a breach of this acceptable use policy through your use of our site. When a breach of this policy has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate.

Failure to comply with this acceptable use policy constitutes a material breach of these Terms upon which you are permitted to use our site, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:

We exclude liability for actions taken in response to breaches of this acceptable use policy. The responses described in this policy are not limited, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.

Special terms and conditions for use of Portfolio Analyser

The terms of BBSRC's research and training grants places a responsibility on universities to provide information about researchers and their projects. BBSRC's facility for searching and analysing awards is provided to make this information accessible and understandable for a wide range of users to promote and facilitate collaboration, networking and engagement across the full breadth of BBSRC research. The facility meets BBSRC’s requirement to be transparent and accountable for its funding decisions by making information available to any interested user.

The data and information contained within the Portfolio Analyser (or available via it’s export facility) and accessible in the “Search awarded grants” and “Search Institute publications” sections of the BBSRC website is referred to in this special terms and conditions section as the “DATA”. Use of the DATA is subject to the other BBSRC website Terms of use on this page and to the special terms and conditions in this section. Where the special terms and conditions in this section conflict with the remainder of the other BBSRC website Terms of use, these special terms and conditions will prevail to the extent necessary to resolve the conflict. These special terms and conditions apply to use of the DATA only. 

You are encouraged to use and re-use the DATA, subject to the terms and conditions on this page. BBSRC would welcome notifications of any uses made of the DATA. BBSRC must be contacted regarding any plans involving the republishing of the DATA. The DATA is protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world and by database rights. All such rights are reserved.

In addition to the rights granted under the other BBSRC website Terms of use, you may make the following use of the DATA:

In respect of all use of the DATA you must clearly acknowledge the source of the DATA and clearly include with any DATA or adaptation of the DATA that is stored, published, distributed or transmitted the following acknowledgement: 

“Contains data obtained from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The data is protected by copyright, database right and related rights, and all such rights are reserved by the BBSRC. Use of the data is subject to terms imposed by BBSRC and available on the BBSRC website. BBSRC has not endorsed or otherwise specifically approved this use of the BBSRC data”.

In respect of all use of the DATA you must not:

BBSRC has made reasonable efforts to ensure that the DATA is accurate at the time it is made available. The DATA may include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors and it may be out of date at the time you access it.  Without limitation to the provisions of the other BBSRC website Terms of use, BBSRC does not warrant the completeness of the DATA and may withhold some data for reasons including but not limited to data protection and security. Subject to and without limitation to the provisions of the other BBSRC website Terms of use, BBSRC expressly excludes any liability for any error or omission in, or any failure to update the DATA and for any decisions based on the DATA.

Viruses, hacking and other offences

You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack.

By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it.

Linking to our site

You may link to our site, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.

You must not establish a link from any website that is not owned by you.

Our site must not be framed on any other site.

We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice. The website from which you are linking must comply in all respects with the content standards set out in our acceptable use policy.

If you wish to make any use of material on our site other than that set out above, please address your request to webmaster@bbsrc.ac.uk.

Links from our site

Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

Jurisdiction and applicable law

The English courts will have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from, or related to, a visit to our site although we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country. These terms of use are governed by English law.

Variations

We may revise these terms of use at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we made, as they are binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in these terms of use may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on our site.

Your concerns

If you have any concerns about material which appears on our site, please contact webmaster@bbsrc.ac.uk.

Thank you for visiting our site.