Nottingham breaks research funding record

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The University of Nottingham has secured a record-breaking £181m worth of new grants to fund its pioneering research in the last year.

Academics at the University have secured the record funding during the last financial year, which is a significant endorsement of the University’s national and international reputation as a research centre of excellence.

The University has a large and complex research portfolio and has won 801 awards from multiple funders during the last year. The University secures its funding from Research Councils, charitable foundations, Government departments, the EU, private companies, professional organisations and other grant-giving bodies.

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The largest of these awards is £14.2m from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), to establish a Synthetic Biology Research Centre.

There are also a further 20 awards in excess of £1m for a variety of cutting edge research projects.

The University has performed particularly well with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), where the largest single research award of £4.6m was given for the Centre in Additive Manufacturing.

Saul Tendler, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University, said: “This record-breaking figure is an outstanding achievement for the University, and is testament to the world-leading researchers that we have. Funding of this kind is vital to enable us to continue to carry out life-changing research, and this continued support underpins our place in the world as a research centre of excellence.”

Success across the board

Other successes have included £3.8m from the Medical Research Council for research into therapeutic delivery; £804k from the Science & Technologies Facilities Council for research in astronomy and astrophysics; £614k from the Natural Environment Research Council for immunodynamics and infectious disease risk; £404k from  the Economic & Social Research Council for citizen-centre approaches to social media; and £318k from the Arts & Humanities Research Council to fund a Centre for Hidden Histories of the First World War.

The increase in funding can be seen across the board. The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has had a particularly successful year, winning £59m worth of research grants and awards, which is a 29 per cent growth on 2012/13. The Faculty of Science has seen a growth of 12 per cent with £42m of research grants and awards.

Nottingham has maintained the rate of funding from the Research Councils in 2013/14, with a five per cent growth in awards won. There has been significant growth in awards from charities (71 per cent) and a 25 per cent growth in awards from the UK Government.

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