Three new multidisciplinary projects involving collaborations between academic and industry partners have been recommended for funding of a share of £1M to carry out research to stimulate technological advances that can deliver healthy nutrition for consumers.
The grants were funded by the Research Councils UK's ‘Priming Food Partnerships’ initiative which is supported by four councils: BBSRC, MRC, EPSRC and ESRC. The initiative supports
pre-competitive research, with the ultimate aim of stimulating innovative research and technological advances of relevance to the food industry.
Speaking on behalf of Research Councils UK, BBSRC Chief Executive, Professor Melanie Welhamsaid: “Food manufacturing is the UK’s single largest manufacturing sector. The food and drink supply chain is a major part of the UK economy, accounting for 7% of GDP, employing 3.7M people, and generating £80Bn per year (ref 1).