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£38M Investment to Protect UK Livestock

28 May 2012

UK - The Institute for Animal Health (IAH) has been awarded £38M of strategic investment from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). This investment will enable the Institute to maintain its status as a world-leading centre for virology doing work that protects livestock from economically important diseases such as foot-and-mouth, bluetongue, and Marek's disease.

This investment is in addition to over £250M from BBSRC and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) for the redevelopment of the Institute in Pirbright, Surrey.

"This funding", says IAH Director Professor John Fazakerley, "will enable the Institute to maintain its position as a world-leading centre for research into virus diseases of livestock and viruses that can transmit from animals to humans.

"We are delighted with this endorsement from BBSRC. We are proud of the work that we do and are committed to delivering the science strategy of the UK through excellent research. We share with BBSRC a commitment to using bioscience research to underpin future global food security as well as improvements in the wellbeing of humans and animals."

Funds have been awarded through distinct strategic programme grants to support research programmes over five years. These have been combined with a grant to support vital national research capabilities and a ring fenced budget for knowledge exchange and commercialisation.

The funding follows an assessment process including independent peer review of Institute science and programmes including knowledge exchange, public engagement and strategic human resources.

The £38M is part of a total of £250M that will fund BBSRC's strategic investment in Institutes and HEI’s involved in strategic programmes.

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