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John Innes Centre

The JIC is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial sciences.

Our mission is:
- to generate knowledge of plants and microbes through innovative research
- to apply our knowledge of nature’s diversity to benefit agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being
- to train scientists for the future
- to engage with policy makers and the public.

Our approach covers a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences, including genetics, genomics and cell biology through to molecular biology, computational biology, microbiology, biological chemistry, applied mathematics, and systems biology.

Our students, which typically number over 100, are normally registered for their degrees at the neighbouring University of East Anglia.

The majority of our funding is won in open competition from funding agencies worldwide, with more than 50% coming from UK government sources. BBSRC provide a large proportion of our funding, in the form of responsive mode funding and strategic funding for our Institute Strategic Programmes. We also hold grants from the European Research Council and charitable sources.

The John Innes Foundation (JIF) is an independent charity (No. 313462) formed in 1910 following a bequest from John Innes, a landowner in the City of London. The JIF Trustees provide direct support for JIC's research and training, principally through sponsorship of several graduate studentships each year, and by their support for educational programmes and the infrastructure of the site.

In recognition of its commitment to gender equality, the JIC is a Silver Athena Swan Award winner and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme.

The JIC is co-located with several other institutions of the Norwich Research Park including:
The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL), with its worldwide reputation for research in molecular plant pathology.

The Earlham Institute (EI), with its focus on exploring living systems by applying computational science and biotechnology.

Plant Bioscience Limited (PBL), which brings technology emerging from local, national and international laboratories into the commercial arena.

Other institutions on the Norwich Research Park include the University of East Anglia, the Institute of Food Research (soon to become the Quadrum Institute) and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

As a registered charity (No. 223852), the JIC gratefully receives donations to support scientific research and education. The John Innes Centre is also a company limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709).

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