First 37 infrastructure projects span the spectrum from cognition to catalytic reactions

May 14, 1999

Thirty-seven university teams are this week celebrating after netting Pounds 150 million in the first round of the Joint Infrastructure Fund.

The winning projects are:

* A building at Leeds University for development, analysis and testing of transgenic crops

* A research institute at Oxford University to develop next-generation industrial materials and manfacturing processes in electronics, metallurgy, ceramics, polymers and biomaterials

* A cognition lab at Warwick University

* Specialised cameras and microscopes at Oxford University's school of pathology

* Installation and support for a multibeam echo sounder on RRS James Clark Ross, the UK ice-strengthened scientific research vessel

* A four-metre visible and infrared survey telescope for the southern hemisphere, to look deep into space with a wide field of view

* An accelerator mass spectrometer at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre. This will enable scientists to monitor radioactive isotopes, including carbon-14, in the earth's surface

* Equipment and facilities for the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Nottingham University to enable rapid exploitation of emerging information in genomics, protein structures and signalling pathways, for the design of new drugs

* Equipment and refurbishment of labs at Birmingham University to allow whole genome research of plants and micro-organisms

* An extension at the London School of Economics to create new labs for research on applied economics and social policy

* A centre for biophotonics - work at the interface between the biological sciences and optics - at Strathclyde University

* Ecological research facilities at Imperial College's Silwood Park centre, including a controlled environmental modelling/microbial ecology facility with climate-controlled glasshouses and DNA-sequencing laboratory

* A replacement accelerator mass spectrometer for Oxford University's archaeology research lab

* Facilities to develop gravitational wave detectors at Glasgow University

* Equipment at Nottingham University to enable fluorescent measurement of cell signalling and single molecular interactions in human cells

* A cancer sciences building at Southampton University, bringing together laboratory and clinical research on cancer vaccines and antibody therapy

* An advanced technology institute at Surrey University, bringing together electronic engineering and physics researchers for work on semi-conductor devices and novel applications

* Refurbishment and rebuilding of the chemistry department at Cambridge University

* A molecular genetics facility at the department of neuroscience at Edinburgh University

* A centre for research in clinical vaccinology and tropical medicine at Oxford University

* A building at Birmingham University to house German, Russian and Eastern European studies, including a large library, focusing on post-graduate studies

* A high-resolution mass spectrometry facility for planetary and environmental science at Oxford University, to develop new techniques to study interactions between the biosphere and inorganic chemistry of the earth, early evolution of the solar system and life in extreme environments

* Equipment for fabrication and analysis of nanoscale structures at Birmingham University

* Equipment to make liquid helium and nitrogen at the University of Lancaster

* Equipment at Cambridge University to study catalytic reactions in natural minerals, to find out how such reactions take place and explore using them to make novel chemical compounds

* Equipment at Nottingham University for research on molecular interactions in modern materials and biological systems

* Equipment for Cambridge and East Anglia universities, and the British Antarctic Survey, allowing the study of the speed and mechanisms of global climate change

* A 34-metre research vessel for the University of Wales, Bangor

* Fitting out and equipping laboratories at the new Institute of Human Genetics, part of the Centre for Life in Newcastle. The labs will be part of Newcastle University

* Equipment for a new Scottish microelectronics centre at Edinburgh University with research to develop advanced microfabricated structures including microdisplays

* A National Infrastructure for Catchment Hydrology Experiments for the UK research community. This will include establishing three lowland and four upland catchments, allowing mutidisciplinary research in hydrology, hydrogeology, geomorphology and ecology

* Building a biomaterials and tissue engineering laboratory at the University of Liverpool, which will research next- generation medical devices including artificial organs

* Equipment for post-human genome research at the school of biology and biochemistry, Queen's University, Belfast. This includes a mass spectrometer to sequence proteins

* A high-intensity laser lab at Imperial College to undertake lithographic processing of the next generation of semiconductors and to allow the investigation of chemical behaviour

* A centre at Imperial College that combines high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography to study mice models and transgenic technology

* Refurbishing labs and buying new molecular biology equipment at the University of Liverpool. This includes a two-photon microscope to capture high-quality images from deep inside tissues

* Equipment to characterise residual stress and damage in materials and engineering components at Manchester and UMIST

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