Aberystwyth University has announced plans for an investment of £40.5m in the development of a new UK Innovation and Research Campus at Gogerddan.
The new campus will be known as the Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus.
The development is made possible by a £14.5m investment from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) announced by David Willetts MP, UK Minister for Universities and Science, at the launch of the UK Government’s Agricultural Technology Strategy.
£20m from the European Regional Development fund (ERDF) and £8.5m from Aberystwyth University bring the total investment in this project to £40.5m
BBSRC will invest up to £14.5m to help establish the world leading Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus for food and renewable energy and will be a key partner in delivering this ground-breaking project.
Of the total amount invested, up to £2.5m is earmarked to develop the Pwllpeiran Upland Research Centre near Aberystwyth (subject to the final lease being agreed with Welsh Government), a unique facility which will concentrate on enhancing and improving upland agriculture through research based innovations, training and development.
The Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus at Gogerddan will bring great benefit to the economy and society, from the local to the global, by harnessing Aberystwyth’s unique natural resources of people and place, and its interdisciplinary capabilities.
New infrastructure and facilities will be developed to attract companies and researchers interested in creating commercially viable new products, based on modern approaches to plant breeding.
IBERS at Gogerddan is the home of the BBSRC and Welsh Government supported £6.8m National Plant Phenomics Centre, which features the most advanced research greenhouse in the UK, which opened in May 2012.
The Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus will include a commercially focused training centre, and will enable numerous departments within the University to work with IBERS to develop the bio-economy.
It will also involve an upland research platform for the UK, and a Public-Private-Producers-Partnership for Food and Energy Security built around an innovative, business facing plant breeding facility incorporating national capability for independent evaluation of new products.