A new state-of-the-art Scientific Support and Facility (S&F) providing environmental researchers across the UK with access to innovative technologies to enable world-leading environmental research is to open later this year.
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will provide £13million funding for the facility, which will be based at the Universities of Liverpool and Sheffield. Launching on 1 October 2020, the NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF) will be commissioned for five years with an investment of £2million per annum, plus transformational capital funding of £3million. Environmental researchers in the UK will be able to access the full range of omics supporting technology, expertise and training. This includes genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics and metabolomics, based on cutting-edge technology tailored specifically to the needs of environmental studies.
The teams at the Universities of Liverpool and Sheffield are currently involved in the NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility (NBAF). They will ensure continuity of service for the environmental omics community during the transition from NBAF to NEOF, as well as introducing new omics capabilities, support and training.
Science Minister Amanda Solloway said: “UK researchers are working tirelessly to advance our understanding of the most pressing environmental challenges we face - from combating climate change, reducing pollution and protecting our biodiversity. This funding will ensure our world-leading environmental researchers can access new state of the art equipment and harness innovative technologies to help protect our planet and work towards net zero by 2050.”