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EPSRC awards £4.5million for food manufacturing research

27 February 2013

Four new research centres, that will develop new ways of manufacturing in fields such as food production, have been awarded a total of £21million grant funding. The money has been provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and is part of a £45m package of investments in manufacturing research announced by David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science.

Speaking ahead of the BIS Manufacturing Summit, Mr Willetts said: “The UK has a proud history of manufacturing but to build on this success industry needs access to the very latest science and technology. This £45m package of investment will see our world class research base investigating innovative new manufacturing equipment and techniques. This will support our industrial strategy in a range of important sectors, driving growth and keeping the UK ahead in the global race.”

The new Centres, which will begin work later in the year, will involve academics from 15 universities across the UK and more than 60 project partners from industry. Among the four new centres, the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food – led by Dr Tim Foster at the University of Nottingham – starting September 2013, has been awarded a grant value £4.5m.

EPSRC currently supports 12 centres across a wide range of fields, from Additive Manufacturing to Industrial Sustainability to Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation. The new centres bring the total to 16. 

EPSRC’s chief executive, Professor David Delpy, said: “EPSRC Centres of Innovative Manufacturing are building on previous investments we have made in the research base and combining academic innovation with industry knowledge. These new centres are in areas that are strategically important to the UK and the work there will push research boundaries and drive growth.”


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