Food & Nutrition NBRI is a vital national and international resource providing expertise and accurate data/ information essential for high-quality research on relationships between diet and health and delivery of key national strategic aims that support adoption of healthier and sustainable diets.

It acts as a national coordinating ‘hub’, actively engaging and collaborating nationally and internationally with strategic partners and research communities and informing government policy around diet and health. 

End-users include academia, industry, healthcare, government, consumers.

Food & Nutrition: National Bioscience Research Infrastructure

Who uses our work?

Our data, databases and tools are used extensively by academia, industry, healthcare, government, consumers.

Food composition data are the fundamental evidence base for nutrition science and extensively used across multiple fields, both nationally and internationally, including dietetics, food technology, biomedical research, and public health policy.

Our data, databases and tools underpin the understanding of the relationships between diet and health and the patterns in food composition and consumption, essential for the development of nutrition‐based health programmes and research into healthy and sustainable diets.

In addition, they are vital in supporting innovation to deliver nutritious and sustainable food, and healthier food products

Now and into the future

Food & Nutrition-NBRI will enable the UK to deliver nutritional policy and world-leading science in support of current and emerging national strategic needs in nutrition (food composition and intake), health (e.g., obesity, healthy ageing) and sustainability (environment, food security). It will continue to add new food data and tools to meet the needs of researchers within Quadram Institute Bioscience and more widely across food biosciences in the UK.

It will provide training and capacity development for key users in food and public health, and regularly engage with end-users, stakeholders, and other potential beneficiaries to ensure knowledge exchange.

Our ambition is to achieve impact that benefits the UK population, by supporting high quality research and innovation on healthy and sustainable diets, and digital resources to facilitate the transition.


Our key objectives are to:

  • To provide improved delivery and coverage of food composition data covering specific nutrients and other emerging components, and other food groups of nutritional significance, as well as associated sustainability indices and food allergen information.
  • To develop and apply new validated tools and methodologies for dietary assessment, and data integration for food nutrition data.
  •  To extend data and tools access and capabilities to support future food and bioscience research.
  • To provide coordinated training to a variety of stakeholders and deliver increased stakeholder engagement and community building.