The Uk government has announced a £213 million investment to upgrade UK laboratory facilities to help scientists and researchers fight COVID-19 and install supercomputers to track infectious diseases and more.
According to a UK.GOV press release, Science Minister Amanda Solloway announced on Wednesday 6 January to upgrade UK science facilities which will also allow scientists to respond to global challenges such as climate change, with airborne sensors in London to monitor greenhouse gas emissions, and floating offshore wind farm testing facilities in Plymouth.
The investment is part of the government’s flagship Research & Development (R&D) Roadmap, to bring world-class facilities for scientists and researchers in the UK.
£27 million of the investment will go to researchers at 43 of the UK’s Medical Research Institutes across the country, providing cutting edge equipment such as ultra-high performing computers and microscopes, allowing the detection and modelling of diseases in more details than previously attainable.
This will help researchers respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and help boost resilience to future pandemics, as well as find treatments for other diseases such as cancer and dementia.
Science Minister Amanda Solloway said: “The response from UK scientists and researchers to coronavirus has been nothing short of phenomenal. We need to match this excellence by ensuring scientific facilities are truly world-class, so scientists can continue carrying out life-changing research for years to come as we build back better from the pandemic.”
The £213 million investment will be delivered through the government’s World Class Labs funding scheme and made through 7 of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) research councils. It covers investments in all disciplines from physical sciences to arts and humanities.
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