Bioscience research at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has received a multi-million pound boost from the Government.

About £15m has been awarded to the college and its partner organisations of University College London (UCL) as part of the London Interdisciplinary Doctoral programme (LIDo).

The investment, part of a £125m package nationwide, has been made by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and will be delivered over five years to support the training and development of 1,250 PhD students at universities and research institutions across the country.

The RVC says its bioscience research extends from the molecular level to the whole animal or population of animals. This funding will contribute to specialist programmes, giving researchers and professionals specialist knowledge which will benefit industry, government and teaching in the UK and overseas.

RVC’s vice principal for research and innovation, and professor of veterinary clinical pharmacology, Jonathan Elliott said it was excellent news and a testament to the college’s reputation as a leading and innovative institution in bioscience and veterinary medical research.

“The RVC attracts talented veterinary and biological scientists who work together in interdisciplinary teams,” Prof Elliott said. “Our research is of the highest quality and has an impact on the health and welfare of humans and animals around the world. This funding will now help us shape and inspire the next generation of researchers.”

The RVC also owns and operates the London Bioscience Innovation Centre, which is home to more than 50 biotechnology and life science companies.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, who announced the funding programme today, said the investment would safeguard Britain’s status as a world leader in life sciences and agricultural technology.

“The UK punches far beyond its weight in science and innovation globally, which is a credit to our talented scientists and first-class universities,” he said.

BBSRC executive director, innovation and skills Celia Caulcott said bioscience had a massive impact on many aspects of life today.

“BBSRC is paving the way for an explosion in new economic sectors and bioscience that will change the way we live our lives in the 21st century,” she said. “To achieve this we need to maintain our leading position in global bioscience by ensuring that the next generation of scientists have the best training and skills.”

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