Facts & Figures

  • IFR is a company limited by guarantee, with charitable status (registration number 1058499). IFR receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

  • IFR has a staff of about 150, complemented by many visiting scientists and postgraduate students each year from all parts of the world, who visit IFR for collaborative research and training.

  • IFR is a partner on the Norwich Research Park, with the University of East AngliaJohn Innes CentreThe Genome Analysis CentreNorfolk & Norwich University Hospital and The Sainsbury Laboratory.

  • In 2013, an analysis of IFR’s publications over the previous past 5 years found that 459 scientific papers with an impact factor greater than 2.5 have been published by IFR researchers in 150 leading journals. In this time, IFR's papers were cited over 35,000 times, an average of 17.95 citations per publication. 

  • IFR fosters extensive contacts with universities and research institutes in the UK and overseas, and has Memoranda of Understanding with several major research organisations, such as The Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health and New Zealand Institute for Crop & Food Research Ltd to develop scientific exchanges and collaborative research.

  • Many collaborative projects with UK, European and overseas industrial and research partners and one-to-one confidential projects with a range of food companies.

  • The ‘Food and Health Network’ provides a unique opportunity for discussion between stakeholders (often with opposing views) and our research base, and FHN Direct for detailed 1:1 confidential discussions.

  • IFR Extra’, provides a rapid contract research and trouble shooting service.

  • Training the food and health scientists of the future is an important part of IFR’s mission. IFR is a partner in the Norwich Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership Programme, which brings together the resources of the world-class research institutions on the Norwich Research Park. The IFR is also a specialised international training centre for EU PhD students and postdoctoral scientists.
  • A broad customer base, that includes UK government departments, European Commission, research councils, industry and consumer groups, generating an annual income of approximately £14 million.

  • Wide-ranging links including membership of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee, and the Parliamentary Food & Health Forum.

  • Contributor to public engagement initiatives, media interaction, and collaboration on science communication projects.

  • IFR's Policy on Scientific Integrity applies to all staff, and is part of its effort to provide an environment that encourages professional standards, good research practice and minimises the likelihood of misconduct. 

    IFR Policy on Scientific Integrity

  • All research involving human subjects carried out by IFR staff, either within the Institute or in collaboration with scientists or clinicians at other locations, must be conducted in a manner which safeguards the welfare of both the volunteers and the researchers.

  • At IFR, where safety and quality of food, and improving diet and health in people, have such a high profile, small numbers of animals are used in research. Read more about our policy on the use of animals in research .

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