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R&D programmes handed major funding

The Government has unveiled more than £400million in funding for seven research and innovation projects across the country.

The investment, which include smart packaging to cut food waste and health products to combat infections, is part of UK Research and Innovation's Strength in Places Fund.

Projects will share £186million from the Government together with £230million from the private sector and research institutions.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: "Working with the private sector and our world-class universities, we're backing new and innovative ideas that will create jobs and boost skills in every part of the UK for years to come."

Among the investments is £46million for a University of Bristol-led consortium support new digital formats in film-making in the South West.

And a Cardiff University will receive £44million to develop technologies in communications, 5G, innovative vehicles and medical devices.

The largest single investment is £114million to a consortium headed by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine ensuring healthcare products and solutions to combat infections are made available faster and cheaper.

The other schemes are headed by the University of Edinburgh (£55million to research financial behaviour and address financial challenges), the National Institute of Agriculture Botany (£33million to increase investment in emerging technologies), the University of Glasgow (£61million to translate approaches in precision medicine) and Artemis Technologies (£63million to develop zero-emissions technologies in Northern Ireland).

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