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Government funding upgrades to top labs

Significant government funding is being allocated for the upgrading of science and research facilities around the UK, as part of a push to ensure that researchers have access to the best facilities.

A share of £103 million worth of investment is being delivered to science and research facilities with the funding ensuring that the best researchers around the country have access to suitable equipment, enabling them to continue world-changing breakthroughs. As well as supporting scientific discoveries, this will also help to meet the Prime Minister’s goals of growing the UK economy and creating nationwide jobs.

Facilities receiving funding are based across the UK, including in:

  • Cambridge
  • Durham
  • Edinburgh
  • Leicester
  • Bristol
  • Hull
  • Nottingham
  • Glasgow
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Belfast
  • Warwick
  • Southampton

The £103 million of funding is comprised of two parts, with £79.3 million coming as part of the funding that has been announced to ease the impacts of the delay in UK association to the Horizon Europe Programme from the EU. A further £23.7 million of funding is coming as part of the announcement to ‘forge a better Britain’ through science and technology.

Chloe Smith, Science and Technology Secretary, said:

“Our world-class science and technology sectors are the engine for growth in the UK economy, and the basis for scientific and technological advancements that will improve everyone’s lives.

These sectors need continued, concentrated backing from the government and I am determined to provide it during my time as Science and Technology Secretary, through funding such as this, which will ensure our world class labs have the infrastructure and equipment to match their status.”

UKRI International Champion, Professor Christopher Smith, said:

“This crucial support for UK research infrastructure is part of the package of support provided by government so that our research and innovation communities can carry on with their essential work notwithstanding the delay to association with Horizon Europe.

“The investments, made across the UK, will provide UK researchers with advanced equipment, facilities and technology, and help maintain the UK’s position as a leader in research and innovation.

“This support will ensure the UK is an attractive place for scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs to live, work and innovative.”

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