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Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation

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The Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) is a joint venture between Newcastle University and Fera Science Ltd. (Fera).

The aim is to deliver innovation in research across the agri-food supply chain, and provide sustainable solutions to problems facing Fera's diverse customer base in both the agricultural and food sectors.

IAFRI represents a new model for how universities can work with research organisations, operating under a private-public ownership approach to deliver both innovation and wealth creation in strategically important industrial sectors in the UK and while operating for the benefit of society.

IAFRI is based at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus (Sand Hutton, North Yorkshire) and the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (AFRD)'s research sites in Newcastle Universitys city campus and on the two research farms (Nafferton and Cockle Park) in Northumberland.

IAFRI brings together renowned experts under the Directorship of Professor Rob Edwards, the Head of School for AFRD. With its direct linkage to Fera's customers' needs, the IAFRI mission is to conduct frontier research by bringing together the best multidisciplinary research talent in the social and natural sciences.

"We deliver both innovation and wealth creation in strategically important industrial sectors in the UK."

This research will then be fast-tracked into innovation to drive new solutions, techniques, skills and best practice in the agri-food sector. This is well aligned to deliver national ambitions in innovation for the UK's agri-food industries, as well as uniquely contributing to international food security research, for both immediate and longer term applications.

As part of its longer term commitment to research excellence, IAFRI will work to safeguard and grow the specialist skills base needed to sustain a vibrant agri-food sector in the UK through a learning and development programme. This will be achieved through a combination of a targeted PhD training programme, as well as postgraduate and CPD training.

Contact IAFRI

Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation

Agriculture Building

Newcastle University

King's Road

Newcastle upon Tyne


Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7962


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T: +44 (0)300 100 0321


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