Business Secretary Greg Clark today announced a £29 million funding package to support research at the Roslin Institute, part of the University of Edinburgh.
The investment is part of £319 million the UK government has committed for UK bioscience funding over the next five years.
The funding for Roslin, best known as the birthplace of Dolly the Sheep, will be spent on further scientific knowledge, particularly around controlling infectious diseases, such as bird flu, and helping researchers develop solutions to modern healthcare challenges.
It came as the minister invited business leaders to contribute their thoughts to the government’s consultation paper on building an industrial strategy.
Mr Clark said: “Through our modern Industrial Strategy, we will build on Scotland’s exceptional strengths and use all the tools at our disposal to ensure every part of the country can reach its potential, ensuring that prosperity is spread across the UK.
“Science, research and innovation are at the heart of the Industrial Strategy which is why we’re providing more than £4.7 billion of additional funding over the next five years, including the £319 million for bioscience research. The Roslin Institute is a great example of Scotland’s world class bioscience sector and exactly the sort of project our Industrial Strategy will support.”
Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, said: “This investment will help to ensure Roslin’s continuing success over the next five years.
“The Institute plays a pivotal role in the University’s mission to tackle the many pressing issues in animal health and welfare, including those which have implications for human health and sustainability of animals in the food chain.”
Businesses have a week to comment on the Industrial Strategy green paper.
Mr Clark and the Scottish Secretary David Mundell, met businesses from a range of sectors at Edinburgh University to invite them to contribute to the debate.
The Business Secretary later met the Scottish Government Ministers Keith Brown and Paul Wheelhouse. They discussed how the UK and Scottish Governments can work together and how the Industrial Strategy will stimulate growth and boost prosperity across Scotland.