Research at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing

Research at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) progress high impact food sector focused research designed to advance the industry at all points in the supply chain.  Current initiatives include: digitalisation of the food sector to optimise productivity and advance quality assurance; industry focused carbon net zero and sustainability agendas; application of analytical techniques that unlock specific challenges of food quality, safety and nutritional performance.      
NCFM have the expertise, laboratory & factory facilities, and extensive industry and academic networks, to engage at all Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) from fundamental / basic research through to full scale commercialisation. Research is typically supported by funding sources such as UKRI (particularly Innovate UK, EPSRC and BBSRC), private business, and a range of EU, National and Regional funding initiatives. Projects can be specific work for one client, through to large scale multi-partner collaborative projects. There are also a range of Masters and PhD researchers advancing food sector science and technologies.
Get an insight into some of NCFM's core research agendas below. However, please note that NCFM has far more "research bandwidth" than presented below so if there is another topic or challenge that you would like engage with, then please do not hesitate to contact us and the team will be keen to discuss this further. Contact NCFM for more information about research and development for food manufacturing: or 01406 493000.

Research Themes and Sustainable Development Goals

Our research is embedded in the following University research themes, a unique set of areas that key into our goals as a civic university undertaking internationally significant research with local relevance, and as researchers engaged in the pursuit of excellence. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals badges represent our research and collaborations in terms of their contribution to the issues the world faces today and into the future.

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At NCFM we are an internationally recognised provider of education and research in the food manufacturing and technology sector. Learn more about our range of postgraduate programmes in food manufacturing and technology, food science, and strategic leadership and find out how they could help prepare you for a career in the food and drink industry. 

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The Centre of Excellence in Agri-food Technology, Holbeach, Spalding PE12 7FJ

T: 01406 493000

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