Grant provided for new £2m Lincolnshire research facility

‍Plans for a net-zero glasshouse research and development facility at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme campus have been revealed.

The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership is providing a grant of £1,333,000 towards the project while the University of Lincoln is contributing £888,666.

The project involves building a glasshouse to support research and innovation services for SMEs in the agricultural sector.

The glasshouse will have independently controlled compartments for different projects throughout the year.

The research infrastructure will also be used by the AgriTech Incubator, a partnership between the university and Barclays Eagle Labs, to provide research and knowledge transfer opportunities for eligible businesses in the industry, helping them adapt to new technology, processes, and product development.

Professor Simon Pearson, director of Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology said: “This is a critical new facility that complements the world-class research and innovation facilities already in place at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Campus.

“It will support research, innovation and skills development for the Local Enterprise Partnership and the national horticulture sector, and the investment will focus on the development of novel renewable sources for glasshouse production. These will, in turn, reduce emissions and mitigate the sector’s dependency on fossil fuels.”