The BBSRC and ESRC have jointly co-invested £3M to establish several biosocial research projects to investigate the roles of epigenetic processes as potential determinants of human health, well-being and susceptibility to chronic disease: EpiSocSciNet



The BBSRC is one of seven research councils making up the Research Councils UK (RCUK), funded by the Governments Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The vision for the research council is to lead world-class bioscience, promoting innovation in the bioeconomy and realizing benefits for society within and beyond the UK. They have a “strong commitment to funding curiosity-led research, and will continue to advance excellent bioscience” in as many areas as possible from molecules to systems.

The ESRC is one of the UK’s largest organisations for funding research on economic and social issues. They are a non-departmental public body (NDPB) established by Royal Charter in 1965 which receive most of their funding, like the BBSRC, through the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The research council, similarly to the BBSRC, supports the quality of research awards, promotes to maximise impact in society and encourages independence. The ESRC missions are to promote and support high-quality, strategic and applied research and training, to advance knowledge, and provide advice on and promote public understanding of the social sciences.