Researchers at Nottingham University have secured a grant to help develop advance sustainable food production and medical devices.
The £10.2 million fund has been split over a number of different areas within the institutes’s workings with £4.5 million being allocated to its school of biosciences which lead a new Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Good. This has been provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) which has also given £5.7 million to a new Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices to pioneer healthcare technology of the future.
It is part of a much wider funding programme from the EPSRC and Nottingham's centres are just two of four that were announced as part of the organisation's £21 million programme to boost a whole number of areas within the country. The group is looking to improve manufacturing in fields such as electronics, lasers in production processes, medical technology and food production.
The latter is increasingly important to help the food supply chain sector pull back some respectability following the horsemeat scandal which highlighted the complicated nature in which some retailers currently operate. A number of key officials said that the systems needed to be simplified to ensure that any issues of this ilk do not happen again.
Dr Tim Foster from the University's Division of Food Sciences, said: "Our vision is to meet the future scientific and technological requirements of the food industry from post-farm gate to supermarket shelf. To do this we need to develop world-leading technologies, tools and processes tailored to the specific needs of individual food products."
The university stated that the long-term goal of the new EPSRC for the food side of things is to ensure that the competitiveness and security of the UK and global supply chain in this sector is maintained. A number of suppliers in mainland Europe were highlighted as being the crux of the horsemeat problem and officials are keen to eradicate any issues like this in the future.