£12M for first national Centre for Agricultural Innovation

20th Mar 2015

Following the Chancellor's Budget announcement, BBSRC welcomes news that the UK Government will invest £12M in the first national Centre for Agricultural Innovation.

The new Centre for Agri-Informatics and Sustainability Metrics (AIMS) has been proposed by a consortium of leading industry and academic partners: the BBSRC-funded Rothamsted Research, the University of Reading, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB).

With the funding secured, the consortium will work towards establishing the AIMS Centre over the next few months, with the Head Office based at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden.

Professor Jackie Hunter, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: "This is an exciting development for Rothamsted Research and recognises the long-track record of BBSRC informatics investment and the strength of Rothamsted Research science and infrastructure, built on strategic support from BBSRC. Once established, the new centre will help to deliver a step change in agricultural productivity to keep the UK at the forefront of the sector."

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