IFR’s research is structured around two BBSRC-funded Institute Strategic Programmes; Food and Health and Gut Health and Food Safety. The IFR research programme can be divided into six interconnected elements:

Analytical Sciences

The Analytical Sciences Unit (ASU) provides IFR with state-of-the-art platform technologies (NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and a range of hyphenated techniques: LC-MS, GC-MS). It offers associated expertise in statistics, chemometrics and microscopy (electron, two-photon, and infrared). Working with colleagues, the ASU contributes to a diverse range of projects spanning the institute’s science portfolio. Its  own research activities are focus on the development of novel approaches for characterising foods and ingredients using chemical profiling techniques, for tackling issues such as authentication and compositional analysis.

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IFR scientists collaborate with partners on the Norwich Research Park, allowing a multi-disciplinary approach to research. IFR also has strategic relationships with UEA, University College London and works widely with universities, research institutes and the food industry in the UK, across the EU and around the world.

Carrying out IFR's research mission is the responsibility of  Research Leaders, who lead small focused groups and host postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students.

The primary output from IFR research is peer-reviewed papers, which can be found in IFR’s Scientific Publications Library. IFR publishes extensively in the scientific literature. 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. These papers have been cited over 35,000 times, an average of 17.95 citations per publication.

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