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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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Project summary

The Cambridge Centre for Crop Science (3CS) will use modern plant science to increase the range of productive crops and sustainable cropping systems for use in the UK and in regions of the world where food security is threatened.

It combines the excellence of the University of Cambridge and the National Institute for Agricultural Botany (NIAB) in multidisciplinary research with an agri-food industry user base. The partnership connects the unrivalled diversity of the university with the unique NIAB pipeline that connects research to the end-users of innovation in farming and agri-tech, the food industry, and applied research and extension services.

UKRPIF funding will allow 3CS to be housed in a state-of-the-art research laboratory, supplemented by glass house and field station facilities and access to growth and trials land across the United Kingdom.

3CS will be led by a newly-appointed Professor of Crop Science, and will involve researchers from the University of Cambridge, NIAB, other UK and international research institutes, and industrial partners. Collaboration will be a central theme of 3CS: interdisciplinary; national and international; private and public sector.

Page last updated 5 July 2017