At its meeting yesterday (19 March), BBSRC Council endorsed BBSRC's commitment to a new research Centre located at the Norwich Research Park to provide a step change for Food and Health research and the translation of benefit to the UK economy and society.
More detailed plans for the centre will now be developed, including the appointment of architects and contractors. The partners in the centre (Institute of Food Research, University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital) are committed to developing the concept and investing in the building. BBSRC will make an initial investment to progress the new Centre and work with the partners to secure further capital funding.
The ambition is to create a new world-leading Centre in the UK bringing together the partners in the building as well as the John Innes Centre and The Genome Analysis Centre to uniquely integrate multidisciplinary bioscience and clinical excellence to deliver new understanding of the interactions between food and the gastro-intestinal tract and the implications for health, production of safe and nutritionally enhanced crop-based food and accelerated innovation and commercial exploitation by UK industry.
The integrative research of the Centre, positioned at the heart of the Norwich Research Park, will be a magnet for world-class bio-scientists, research clinicians and industry which will become a world leading innovation hub for food and health research.