Norwich Research Park is set to receive funding worth more than £160m to help progress the site's cutting-edge science developments.

The Earlham Institute, John Innes Centre and Quadrum Institute has secured £163.9m over five years, which is more than 40% of a wider investment from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

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The cash - which was revealed this morning by Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman, who is also the government's minister of state for the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology - is hoped to cement the region's position as a world leader in life science research and innovation.

It is part of a wider investment by the BBSRC into their strategic research institutes and infrastructure across the UK that totals more than £376m for 2023-2028.

The Earlham Institute will receive £31.4m for two new strategic programmes of research into Cellular Genomics and Decoding Biodiversity.

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The John Innes Centre will receive £76.6m for four strategic programmes to enable research across plant and microbial science.

And the Quadram Institute Bioscience will receive £55.9m for research programmes focused on delivering healthier lives through innovation in gut health, microbiology and food.

The research park is currently home to 40 companies and covers 100,000sqft but plans were revealed last year to cover 900,000sqft and house 300 companies within 15 years.

Roz Bird, chief executive of Anglia Innovation Partnership LLP, the organisation that runs Norwich Research Park, said the investment will "help improve the lives of people around the world".

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She added: "[It] underlines the strategic importance, and potential future contribution, of this science park campus, to modern industrial biotechnology, in the UK.

“We have established a growing sense of community on the campus.

"Our aim is to maximise the research activity taking place through our campus-wide enterprise strategy, and business development activity, creating a wide range of jobs, at the park campus, and contributing to the local, regional and national economy."

Minister of State for Science at the new Dept of Science, Innovation and Technology, George Freeman MP, said: "The world is facing a number of major challenges from the climate emergency, food supply security, a growing risk of deadly disease pathogen pandemics, air and water pollution and the urgent need to harness new green energy.

"This £376m investment for UK biosciences announced today will help build on the UK’s longstanding leadership in bioscience – from plant science, to gut biome and nutrition, new biofuels, disease resistant crops and tropical diseases to help attract and retain the best and brightest scientists from around the world, drive innovation and economic growth through the Bioeconomy and help the UKs Science Superpower mission to better harness science and technology for global good."