We are one of the Main Research Providers (MRPs) for strategic research in environmental, agricultural and biological science funded by the Scottish Government’s Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division(RESAS).
Formally, BioSS has always been considered too small to be self-governing and forms part of the James Hutton Institute. The BioSS Director reports to the Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute, and responsibility for BioSS ultimately resides with the James Hutton Institute Governing Body. Scientifically, BioSS is promoted as an independent organisation managed by a Director and a Head of Research. These are joined on the BioSS Management Group by two further Research Leaders, four Principal Consultants, an External Development Manager, IT Manager and Administrative Officer to determine, implement and communicate strategic decisions. A number of working groups focus on specific issues to shape working practices within BioSS.
BioSS employs over 30 staff in five locations to reflect the geographical distribution of the institutes we collaborate most closely with , and has its headquarters at the Kings Buildings, Edinburgh which is the science campus of the University of Edinburgh. This ensures BioSS staff work closely alongside scientists whilst maintaining a distinct profile.
As with all scientific organisations, the work of BioSS gets reviewed in many forms, including: by grant awarding bodies; by peer reviewers for scientific publications; and during external reviews at an organisational level. The reports of our most recent external reviews have described BioSS as "among the top UK groups for modern applied statistics" and "an already excellent organisation".