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Labs across the UK are to be upgraded to help tackle infectious diseases, cut greenhouse emissions and more — thanks to a £213 million government investment.

The support — part of the British government's wider 'Research & Development Roadmap' — was announced yesterday by Science Minister Amanda Solloway.

It will give British scientists access to facilities including super computers in Cardiff to track infectious diseases and a floating offshore wind testing lab in Plymouth.

The government's roadmap aims to make the UK 'the best place in the world for scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs to live and work.' 

The new investment will not only provide support for the sciences, however, but will also be used to promote research in the arts and humanities.

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Labs across the UK are to be upgraded to help tackle infectious diseases, cut greenhouse emissions and more — thanks to a £213 million government investment (stock image)

Labs across the UK are to be upgraded to help tackle infectious diseases, cut greenhouse emissions and more — thanks to a £213 million government investment (stock image)

HOW THE RESEARCH FUNDS WILL BE SPENT

£34 million for improvements to the UK's data and digital research infrastructure — which will be used for studies including how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the nation.

£33.5 million to upgrade UK scientific council facilities in Oxford, Liverpool, Yorkshire and Edinburgh. These centres conduct studies into flagship projects including satellite testing and the search for dark matter.

£29 million to upgrade and replace scientific equipment across the UK.

£25 million will go towards highly sophisticated testing facilities in UK universities — including offshore windfarm testing equipment in Plymouth and Sheffield's 'blast diagnostics laboratory'.

£15 million for vulnerable research facilities in archives, galleries, libraries and museums — with a focus on conservation and heritage.  

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'The response from UK scientists and researchers to coronavirus has been nothing short of phenomenal,' said Ms Solloway.

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'We need to match this excellence by ensuring scientific facilities are truly world class, so scientists can continue carrying out life-changing research for years to come as we build back better from the pandemic.'

'From the world’s most detailed microscopes tracking disease to airborne drones monitoring greenhouse gas emissions, our investment will enhance the tools available to our most ambitious innovators across the country.'

'By doing so, scientists and researchers will be able to drive forward extraordinary research that will enable the UK to respond to global challenges such as achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.' 

The funding pot includes £27 million dedicated to upgrading 43 of the UK's Medical

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