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Research needs from Food Standards Agency

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The Food Standards Agency has a number of tender opportunities. The FSA is asking for expressions of interest for Strategic Evidence Programme Research Projects in the following areas, all with a deadline of 14 September:

  • Identification and prioritisation of risks to food safety and quality associated with the use of recycled waste derived materials in agriculture and other aspects of food production.
  • Exploring the Potential of Integrating Next Generation Sequencing and Other ‘Big Data’.
  • Optimising food and feed sampling and analysis.
  • Exploring the potential for technology to support agency objectives in meat operations.

For more information on these projects, please contact Mike Daw (

In addition to these projects, the FSA also aims to better understand the behaviour, attitudes and knowledge of consumers in relation to food and food safety. As part of this aim, the FSA commissions Food and You, a random probability survey of households across the UK that has been run biennially since the first wave in 2010, with waves two and three completed in 2012 and 2014. The Agency is now looking to commission fieldwork and reporting for a further three waves of the survey, to continue building a robust time series of information for analysis against a baseline from previous waves. This will enable the Agency to capture changes over time and provide an evidence base against which the Agency can monitor delivery of its Strategy and develop specific policy initiatives. The survey will form an important element in ‘Gathering and using science, evidence and information’, which is a key activity in the FSA’s new Strategic Plan 2015-2020, and will deliver cross-cutting evidence to help the Agency in working towards a range of strategic outcomes.

The deadline for proposals for this work is 29 September.

For more information on this project, see:


Author: Michael Daw

When working for Manchester Met University, I'm responsible for facilitating strategic relationships with businesses and other external organisations. When doing Transition New Mills, I'm on the Steering Committee and facilitating the Energy Action Group.

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