Animal health research has received a boost thanks to £250m worth of funding from the BBSRC. The funding is intended to “sustain excellent science” at the UK’s leading institutes and universities.
Animal health research has received a boost thanks to £250m worth of funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
This is the first phase of a strategic investment programme that aims to maintain the UK’s competitiveness in bioscience research.
Institutes to receive funding include:
- The Institute for Animal Health (IAH) (£38m),
- The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh (£23m)
- Rothamsted Research (£41m)
- The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University (£13m),
- The Genome Analysis Centre (£19m),
- The Babraham Institute (£37m), and
- The John Innes Centre (£42m).
Announcing the funding, David Willetts, minister for universities and science, said it would help “sustain excellent science at the UK’s leading institutes and universities” and would “drive growth, support highly skilled jobs and keep the UK at the forefront of bioscience“.
Successful recipients have started planning how the funding will be used.
The IAH plans to redevelop the Pirbright laboratory in Surrey, helping the organisation to maintain its status as a world-leading centre for virology, doing work that protects livestock from “economically important” diseases such as foot-and-mouth, Marek’s disease and bluetongue.
IAH director John Fazakerley said funding would also be used in strategic research programmes studying avian, livestock and vector-borne viral diseases, underpinning capabilities the IAH provides, such as personnel, infrastructure, facilities and biological collections. The latter will “form essential strategic components for the UK and the international research base”.
Meanwhile, The Roslin Institute intends to spend its £23m on improving animal science research, as well as funding new and existing facilities.
- For the full story by Rebecca Hubbard, see this week’s Veterinary Times (Vol.42, No.23, June 11).
Avian influenza research image © IAH