The University’s Easter Bush campus is to benefit from UK-wide funding aimed at boosting agricultural science.
The campus will receive up to £5 million from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
This will go towards developing a bioincubator building for entrepreneurial companies as part of the Easter Bush Innovation Hub.
Easter Bush is one of four sites to be awarded funding, which totals more than £30 million.
The investment is aimed at creating an environment on each campus where unique facilities and world-leading agri-science can be accessed by private enterprise.
It is centred on a critical mass of bioscience, strategically supported by BBSRC, providing an environment where growing bioscience-based companies can access specialist facilities and exchange ideas with leading researchers.
The Easter Bush campus is five years into a 25 year programme of development. We are very grateful for the continued support of the BBSRC, who have already invested some £40.5 million for capital projects on the campus. The BBSRC's £5 million commitment to the new Bioincubator Building comes alongside £20 million commitments from the University and Scottish Government and will allow us to continue our goal of securing the University's status as the leading Animal and Veterinary Bioscience campus in Europe and worldwide.
Professor David Hume
Director of The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
The Scottish Government has also provided £10M additional funding towards realising the vision of the Easter Bush Campus.
The recent funding announcement was made by David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, during the launch of the UK Government’s Agri-Technology Strategy.
Other sites to benefit are Aberystwyth and Rothamsted in Hertfordshire and Norwich Research Park.
Britain has the potential to be world-leading in agricultural science and technology, yet our productivity growth has dropped significantly in the past 30 years. These leading edge campuses will help reverse that trend by getting our researchers and businesses working together to commercialise their ideas. This is vital for our economy and future food security which is why we are launching the Agri-Technology Strategy.
Minister for Universities and Science
Research and innovation campuses are hot spots – for world-class research, training, facilities, infrastructure and innovation. BBSRC investment in the campuses, alongside our partners, provides the means for start-up companies, small and medium enterprises and industrial partners to access our science and equipment and to forge links with researchers and other companies. Through building unique environments at each campus we are supporting research institutes and private enterprise to grow companies and generate new jobs.
Professor Douglas Kell
BBSRC Chief Executive
This article was published on Dec 10, 2013