The research and survey work funded by the Food Standards Agency is focused on helping the Agency understand food issues and meet its policy aims and objectives. The Agency does not provide research grants, but contracts research groups to address specific questions aimed at producing the background evidence on which it can base its policies.
Full peer reviewed reports of Agency-funded research projects can be found on Foodbase, an open access repository. Where available, the repository also provides references or links to peer review articles arising from work funded by the Agency. The Food Standards Agency is committed to openness encourages authors and publishers to license papers so they can be freely copied and re-used, provided that when they are reused they are fully attributed.
The repository can also provide information on how data from FSA-funded surveys that are held in a data archive can be accessed.
Details of the Agency’s portfolio of research can be found at the links below.
- Nutrition, diet and food choices
- Foodborne illness research
- BSE research
- Assessing the safety of food components
- Chemical contaminants in food
- Radiological safety of food
- Improving consumer choice and standards of food production
- Supporting research: economics, risk communication, consumer contribution to policy and methods of analysis
- Research specific to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- Social science and consumer research