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Bacon welcomes budget boost for Norwich Research Park

IMAGE: Norwich Research Park from aboveAn MP today welcomed the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that the Norwich Research Park will share in £100 million of investment in science and research facilities.  The Park includes the John Innes Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for research in the biological sciences. 

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon said:

“Norfolk MPs have made the case to ministers for the economic growth prospects offered by the county’s internationally renowned cluster of scientific expertise around the Norwich Research Park.  I am very pleased that the government has listened.

“I am delighted that the work of the scientists at the Norwich Research Park has been recognised by the Government.  The Park includes the John Innes Centre, one of the world’s leading centres of excellence in biological sciences which by itself contributes over £170 million a year to the UK economy. 

“Also based at the Research Park is the Sainsbury Laboratory, internationally renowned for its excellence in the fields of plant and microbial sciences, and the Genome Analysis Centre, which is using its ground-breaking work in genomics technology to tackle global problems in agriculture, sustainable energy, food and nutrition. 

“Norwich Research Park’s cutting edge work helps to secure Britain’s place as a world-leader in scientific research, which is vital to our future economic success. This welcome investment will help the Research Park to realise its future plans and strengthen Norfolk’s growing reputation as a dynamic county that can deliver the growth which the economy needs”. 

23 March 2011

About the Norwich Research Park:

Europe's centre for research in health, food and environmental sciences, the Norwich Research Park is a collaboration between the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, and four independent research centres; the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, the Sainsbury Laboratory and from July 2009 The Genome Analysis Centre.  The Norwich Research Park is home to over 30 science and IT based companies making the NRP a vibrant place to do business as well as research.

With over 11,000 people the Norwich Research Park has one of Europe’s largest single-site concentrations of research in Health, Food and Environmental Sciences. We are internationally recognised for the excellence of our research in the plant and microbial sciences, food, health, environmental sciences, computer and information systems and chemistry. An analysis of the most highly cited scientists in the UK over the past 20 years reveals that Norwich is ranked 4th after London, Cambridge and Oxford (New Scientist, 1 July 2006/Thomson ISI).

See website for Norwich Research Park here

JIC is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Our mission is to carry out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and to make our findings available to society.

The scientific research at the Centre makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences, including cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, computational and mathematical biology.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) and a company limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709).

The JIC is an institute of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

The JIC leases the extensive land and buildings it uses from the John Innes Foundation, an independent charity (registered charity No. 313462) that was formed in 1910 following a bequest from Mr John Innes.

The vast majority of our funding is won, in open competition, from various funding agencies in the UK and worldwide. We are currently supported by over 40 different organisations. The Centre is grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

The Centre is co-located with these other separate organisations:

See website for the John Innes Centre here