The UK Food Safety Research Network connects food industry, food and health policymakers and academia to collaboratively pursue shared research priorities that will protect the UK from foodborne hazards.

The network is hosted by Quadram Institute funded by BBSRC and the Food Standards Agency and serves as an innovation hub to coordinate and fund cross-sectoral research and training activities that address current and emerging challenges.

We are currently scoping our network activities and updates will be provided on this page pending the launch of the network’s dedicated website.

The network’s objectives are to:

  • assemble a community of UK food producers, food policy makers and scientific researchers who collectively can take robust actions toward improving food safety
  • identify areas of research need and opportunity that, in the view of food stakeholders and network members, will have meaningful impacts on UK food safety
  • coordinate new collaborative research activities that will promote the application of science towards the food safety challenges identified by our food system community
  • host training to promote skills development, interoperability and relationship-building between our food system community
  • translate the knowledge generated within the network to food safety stakeholders, and to upcycle existing information and technologies relevant to food safety that have not yet been applied more broadly

The network is led by Quadram Institute group leaders Dr Matthew Gilmour and Dr Maria Traka. 

Priority areas

We have had significant feedback from partners across the food chain and this has prioritised three key areas for collaborative projects within the Network:

First Call for Proposals and Expressions of Interest

Applications are open for our first call for proposals. The first call has two streams applications for projects that are ready to be rapidly funded and initiated (Stream A), as well as an opportunity to put forward an expression of interest for project ideas that are not yet fully formed and that will be developed in subsequent Network community forums (Stream B).

Closing Date: 3 October 2022

Webinars about the first call are taking place to support your applications.

Scientific Series

Training and other workshop events that are affiliated with the UK Food Safety Research Network or hosted by Network members and partners:

Past events

Key Resources from Network Partners

Institute of Food Science & Technology:

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