The study examined questions such as should research tackle existing diet and health problems or concentrate resources on research to maintain a health diet and prevent health problems in the first place? Should 'blue skies' research that may be many years from producing an outcome be publicly funded or would the money be better spent on educating people about healthy eating?
The outcomes of the study will help BBSRC, which invests over 300M of public money in life science research each year, to determine how best to prioritise funding. It is part of a move by the Research Council to have as wide an input as possible into its strategic decision making. The views of the public will be considered alongside those from academia and industry. IFR, sponsored by BBSRC, will look to the results of the study to help develop the strategic vision that will underpin its research agenda for the next decade.
Professor Julia Goodfellow, Chief Executive of BBSRC, said, "BBSRC is committed to wide stakeholder input to inform our decision-making. Projects such as this, investigating public attitudes towards research, are becoming an intrinsic part of how we develop our strategies. Diet and health is a key issue at the moment and will be into the future; the results of this study will be extremely helpful to BBSRC and IFR."
Dr Gene Rowe, Steering Grou
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