Funding to bankroll research into pressing food challenges

Funding to bankroll research into pressing food challenges
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Multi-million-pound funding is aiming to address big food challenges by bankrolling research into health, environment and supply.

The £170 million funding has been awarded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

A consortium of twelve institutions will lead a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) called FoodBioSystems across the UK and bring together six university partners as well as associated partners.

The FoodBioSystems partnership will develop the next generation of bioscientists with in-depth knowledge and technical expertise of food systems and biological processes across the Agri-Food system from pre-farm to post-fork.

“Our Doctoral Training Partnerships have already supported the training of hundreds of early career scientists working at the cutting edge of biology and biotechnology,” said Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Chair of UKRI’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

“By continuing to fund, through this significant £170 million investment, vital training of the next generation of researchers we will help ensure that the UK consolidates its position as world-leader in this crucial sector.”