In addition to research groups from Wageningen University & Research (WUR), research institutes and the corporate sector are now able to make use of the high-tech facilities that fall under the umbrella of the Shared Research Facilities (SRF) division. The Province of Gelderland and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, who are keen to ensure that as many parties as possible make full use of this research equipment, have subsequently provided funding in an effort to encourage the sharing of these types of state-of-the-art research facilities.

This is consistent with the ambition to make advanced equipment and facilities available for shared use in the Food Valley innovation ecosystem. To this end, Shared Research Facilities have been working closely with Food Valley Facilities (Foodvalley NL) within the Food Valley 2030 programme.

An additional advantage is that the facilities are consequently supported by specialists. In addition to financial gain, the expertise has ultimately been raised to a higher level. And where small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) did not ordinarily have access to advanced facilities, thanks to SRF they now do.

The facilities are located on Wageningen Campus and are housed within external organisations or groups who, in their role of key user, possess the expertise to use and maintain the equipment.

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