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Research Complex and Diamond Light Source Achieve Efficient Fragment Screening at XChem Facility

19 Jul 2021

Fragment-Based Drug Discovery (FBDD) is a commonly used strategy for finding lead compounds as part of the drug discovery process. Since its emergence 25 years ago, it has delivered five drugs for clinical use and more than 40 molecules have been advanced to clinical trials. Fragments are small chemical entities usually with a molecular weight…

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Applications open today for new UKRI funding model

06 Jul 2021

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced that applications are open from today for a new funding model for universities and institutions to help maximise the impact of their research. The new Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) model has a single application and focuses on reporting and monitoring¬† to improve strategic planning. ‘The model is in…

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UKRI celebrates Pride Month

29 Jun 2021

June is Pride Month, an annual event celebrating LGBTQ+ communities around the globe. Pride Month marks years of struggle for civil rights and highlights the ongoing pursuit of equality for the LGBTQ+ community. It also recognises the accomplishments and influence of LGBTQ+ people around the world. Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart…

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Research Complex enables progress towards a greener future

23 Jun 2021

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) will take place this November 2021 and in preparation, the Harwell campus is coming together to commit towards sustainability and a greener economy. The UK has a strong record of investment in research and innovation for clean growth and environmental sustainability and recent publications from Research Complex has seen…

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UKRI announces funding for reducing plastic waste

26 May 2021

UKRI has announced a Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) challenge by launching a ¬£7 million competition. This competition is to fund innovative research and development projects that are well developed, but not yet at large commercial demonstration scale. These projects focus on solving the well-known issues with the sustainability of plastic packaging with an aim…

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MRC announces applications open for Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2021

19 May 2021

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has announced that applications are open for their Max Perutz Science Writing Award. The award aims to encourage and recognise outstanding written communication by MRC PhD students. It challenges students to explain why their research matters in 1,100-words for a non-scientific audience. The award is in partnership with The Observer…

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New research dramatically widens the palette of materials for laser processing

12 May 2021

A new approach on enhanced near-infrared absorption for laser powder bed fusion using reduced graphene oxide will dramatically widen the number and capability of materials for laser processing. Laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) is a revolutionary manufacturing technology that fabricates parts with unparalleled complexity, layer-by-layer. However, there are limited choices of commercial powders for LPBF,…

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UKRI’s latest diversity data reveals positive findings but there is still work to do

30 Mar 2021

UKRI have published data analysis with regards to funding applicants and recipients of research council grants between 2019 and 2020, which reveals a number of positive findings in terms of female and ethnic minority applicants but more needs to be done for applicants with a disability. Last summer marked the first time that the analysis…

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Rutherford Appleton Laboratory to reduce carbon footprint with UKRI funding

09 Mar 2021

The UKRI has announced that Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, which includes the Research Complex at Harwell, is among several sites to receive funding to reduce their carbon footprint. This funding will cover a number of energy efficiency plans including solar panels, heat pumps, insulation and LED lighting. It is estimated they will reduce total UKRI emissions…

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