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Engineers, ecologists, economists and heritage experts will be among diverse research teams joining with local authorities and innovative business to build successful 21st century cities. Announced by Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson, The Urban Living Partnership will harness the broad spectrum of UK research and innovation expertise to help cities realise their aspiration of healthy, prosperous and sustainable living.

BBSRC and Science Foundation Ireland have entered an agreement to welcome, encourage and support research applications that cut across national boundaries involving collaborative teams led by researchers from the UK and Ireland. The new partnership will support collaborative research and technology development in areas such as bioscience for health, agriculture, food security, industrial biotechnology and bioenergy.

BBSRC’s Innovator of the Year 2016 competition is now open to applications. From early-career researchers with a fresh idea, to experienced academics with a lifetime’s work to celebrate, the competition celebrates those researchers maximising the potential of their research to benefit the bioeconomy.