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Issue 488, 24 February 2003
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SRIF announcement gives backbone to research

 

John Sclanders, John Fisher and Ruth Wilcox

Trust-funded technology – (l-r) John Sclanders, John Fisher and Ruth Wilcox and the new spine simulator

The University has been allocated £28.8m in the government’s latest round of science research infrastructure funding (SRIF). The DTI has announced £1bn of SRIF2 funding, spread over 150 institutions throughout the UK, for ‘investment in scientific excellence’ during 2004-2006.

University Pro-Vice-Chancellor for research, Professor John Fisher said: “This is wonderful news, and our new facilities and equipment will enable us to maintain our place as a leading research university in the region, in the country, and in the world.”

Today’s announcement follows the University's success in the first SRIF round (2002-4), when it received £20.3m to support projects including a new Informatics Institute, the White Rose Grid (see Reporter 486) and the Biophysics institute (see Reporter 484). New SRIF-funded facilities due to open in March include the Centre for Chemical Dynamics and the Centre for Particulate Science and Formation. Most of the others will open this year, while larger new build projects, LIGHT and a new Institute of Molecular Medicine, will finish in 2004.

In addition to the SRIF-funded projects, new facilities have been funded through other sources. The Frank Parkinson Tissue Engineering Laboratory, supported by the Frank Parkinson Trust, incorporates one of the first ‘spine simulator’ machines in Europe, which will be used to carry out pre-clinical assessments of tissue regeneration and replacement therapies. It was officially opened on February 14 by acting chair of the trust, John Sclanders.

The University is currently considering some forty proposals, with a total value of £60m, for SRIF2. A decision on which bids will be presented to the HEFCE will be reached through the committee structure. The deadline for the University's submission is 31 May 2003 and confirmation of funding would be received by 31 July 2003.

For further information, see the press releases on the University and the DTI webpages.

 
 


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