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£70 million boost for UK science research

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More than £70 million is being injected into UK science research projects to tackle challenges including airport capacity and the ability to search vast volumes of visual data.

The funding has been provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for equipment and projects at 18 universities across the UK.

The support comprises more than £30 million of capital funding for 31 bundles of new equipment. The equipment, which includes ultra-bright lasers, electron microscopes and advanced x-ray imaging, will support a wide range of research activities and ensure our world-leading researchers are working on world-class equipment.

In addition, more than £40 million will be invested in research projects spanning physical sciences, engineering and ICT.

EPSRC chief executive Philip Nelson said: 'Put simply, investment in world-class projects, equipment and people helps to make the UK the best place in the world to research, discover and innovate. This package will fuel the UK’s technological progress, help address the challenges of today and tomorrow, and contribute to a strong economy.'