The Rosalind Franklin Institute

The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a new national institute, announced in 2017 by the UK government, dedicated to bringing about transformative changes in life science through interdisciplinary research and technology development.

The Institute is an independent organisation funded by the UK government through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and operated by ten UK universities.

We will operate on a ‘hub and spokes’ model, with  a central hub at the Harwell Campus, delivered by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The hub will house a unique portfolio of scientific tools and researchers from both industry and academia. Equipment and researchers will also be located in spokes distributed throughout the partner network of universities.

Working with both industrial and academic partners from across the UK, we will foster interdisciplinary research with real impact.

The joint venture between all partners was signed in Spring 2018, with funded projects commencing across the research themes in partner organisations shortly afterwards.

Professor Andrew Livingston, Imperial College, and Professor Jim Naismith, Oxford University, and Director of the Research Complex at Harwell have been appointed as academic leads to guide the formation of the Institute.

About Rosalind Franklin

The namesake of the institute, the pioneering X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin.

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Institute Partners

The Institute has been formed by a group of ten university partners from across the UK, plus the research council UKRI-STFC.

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Scientific Themes

The Rosalind Franklin Institute will be driven by research in five scientific themes, each working to develop and deliver tools which enable breakthrough research.

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