New £18 million award to support horticulture and the agri-tech sector in the South East

The University of Kent is part of the Growing Kent and Medway initiative.

The Growing Kent and Medway initiative is one of seven national projects to receive government funding from the UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places fund. The project is led by NIAB-EMR (East Malling Research station) and includes the University of Greenwich and a large group of horticulture and viticultures companies. The aim is to develop innovative, research-led approaches to enhance the region’s Agri-tech industries. The University of Kent will receive £3.14 million to develop a multi-disciplinary programme involving Biosciences, Economics, the Kent Business School and Kent Innovation and Enterprise. The University’s bid was led by Professor Colin Robinson and Dr Alessia Buscaino from Biosciences, with strong support from the other co-investigators: Professors Jeremy Howells, George Chryssochoidis and Ben Lowe from KBS, and Professors Alastair Bailey and Iain Fraser from Economics. The grant will fund a total of 6 senior Research Fellows, who will work closely with a range of regional partners.

Dr Buscaino said,

“The School of Biosciences brings unique expertise to the “Growing Kent and Medway” consortium. We are excited to contribute to the development of a world-class research, innovation and enterprise hub in Kent and Medway.”