BBSRC Invest £90M in Norwich Research Park

24 May 2012

Over a third of new funding announced today to ensure the UK’s bioscience research base remains globally competitive will be invested in research programmes on Norwich Research Park.

Norwich Research Park scientists will help cement the UK’s position at the forefront of meeting the grand challenges faced by society in the coming decades.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has announced £250M as the first phase of five year strategic investment programmes. This includes 26 strategic science programmes and 14 key national research capabilities, to be delivered by eight of the UK’s world-leading bioscience research institutes and their university partners.

On Norwich Research Park, £42 million will be invested in research at the John Innes Centre, £29 million at the Institute of Food Research and £19 million at The Genome Analysis Centre.

The investment will help the UK to meet challenges such as sustainably feeding the growing world population, finding alternatives to dwindling fossil fuels and supporting an ageing society to remain healthy for longer.

The institutes receiving funding have a vital role in supporting BBSRC’s mission to further scientific knowledge to promote economic growth and job creation in important sectors such as food, farming, renewables and pharmaceuticals. The grants will support research, key national scientific infrastructure, knowledge exchange, public engagement and institute development from 2012 until 2017.

Commenting on the funding, Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts said: “This £250 million investment from BBSRC for the first phase of major five year research programmes will sustain excellent science at some of the UK’s leading institutes and universities. This will drive growth, support highly skilled jobs and keep the UK at the very forefront of bioscience, with benefits ranging from healthcare to energy and global food security.”