Funding boost for Roslin Institute

The Roslin Institute.

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Business Secretary Greg Clark announced £29 million of funding for the Roslin Institute on Tuesday during a trip to Scotland.

The money is expected to further scientific knowledge, particularly around controlling infectious diseases, such as bird flu, and helping researchers develop solutions to modern healthcare challenges.

Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea of the University of Edinburgh, said: “This investment will help to ensure Roslin’s continuing success over the next five years. The institute plays a pivotal role in the university’s mission to tackle the many pressing issues in animal health and welfare, including those which have implications for human health and sustainability of animals in the food chain.”

This investment is part of a total £319 million the UK Government has today committed for UK bioscience funding over the next five years, delivering opportunities for highly-skilled jobs and cementing the UK as a world-leader in science and innovation as we build our Industrial Strategy.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: “Through our modern Industrial Strategy, we will build on Scotland’s exceptional strengths and use all the tools at our disposal to ensure every part of the country can reach its potential, ensuring that prosperity is spread across the UK.

“Science, research and innovation are at the heart of the Industrial Strategy which is why we’re providing more than £4.7 billion of additional funding over the next five years, including the £319 million for bioscience research. The Roslin Institute is a great example of Scotland’s world class bioscience sector and exactly the sort of project our Industrial Strategy will support.”

Welcoming the announcement of £29 million for the Roslin Institute, Professor Melanie Welham, Chief Executive from Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council said: “Keeping the UK a global hub of vibrant research and innovation requires strategic investment in excellent research. I’m delighted that the Secretary of State, Greg Clark, is able to announce this significant investment in bioscience research. Alongside other disciplines, bioscience is vital for ensuring UK research and innovation remains competitive, addresses real world challenges and makes a difference to people’s lives.”