The University of Sheffield has been awarded funding to host the NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF) for the next five years, providing environmental researchers across the UK with access to innovative technologies. 

Based at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences and the University of Liverpool, NEOF will be a centre of excellence that allows the UK to maintain and develop its world-leading position in environmental omics, and empower the next generation of environmental researchers. Omics refers to disciplines in biology such as genomics, proteomics and metabolomics. 

Environmental researchers in the UK will be able to access the full range of omics supporting technology, expertise and training. This includes genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics and metabolomics, based on cutting-edge technology tailored specifically to the needs of environmental studies.

Professor Burke, NEOF Director at the University of Sheffield, said: “Omics is transforming our ability to understand and manage our environment. We welcome this investment to enable us to make our expertise and equipment readily available to researchers across the UK and enhance our ability to train those at the start of their careers.” 

The University of Sheffield will also continue to host the NEOF Visitor Facility, which supports the training of early career researchers and PhD students from institutions across the country, and will lead in training in phenomics.