The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a new national institute, funded by the UK government through UK Research and Innovation, dedicated to bringing about transformative changes in life science through interdisciplinary research and technology development.
Their work is focused into five complementary themes, which together will produce technologies which allow us to see the biological world in new ways, from single molecules to entire systems. This insight will speed up drug design and development, and push forward our understanding of human health and disease.
Operating on a ‘hub and spokes’ model, the institute has its central hub at the Harwell Campus. 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 their partner network of ten leading UK universities.
The heart of the Rosalind Franklin Institute will be the new hub building located at Harwell. The hub building at Harwell is a flagship new addition to the Harwell Campus, with four storeys of world leading scientific capability, complementing existing facilities at Harwell and at the partner spokes.
The hub will be the focal point for the Institute, and the heart of life sciences at Harwell Campus. The world leading technology hosted at the hub is matched by the innovative design of the building itself – unique in its experimental capabilities.
The institute is named after Rosalind Franklin, a great experimental scientist who worked on several diverse scientific problems, most famously DNA, bringing incredible experimental skill, technological expertise and knowledge from across the sciences.
The Institute operates as an independent charity, with funding provided by the UK government through UK Research and Innovation, managed by UKRI-EPSRC.
Working with both industrial and academic partners from across the UK, the institute will foster interdisciplinary research with real impact. The institute is open to new collaborations and partnerships with both academia and industry.