The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a new national institute, funded by the UK government through UK Research and Innovation, dedicated to bringing about transformative changes in life science through interdisciplinary research and technology development.

Our work is focused into five complementary themes, which together will produce technologies which allow us to see the biological world in new ways, from single molecules to entire systems. This insight will speed up drug design and development, and push forward our understanding of human health and disease.

Working with both industrial and academic partners from across the UK, we will foster interdisciplinary research with real impact.

Operating on a ‘hub and spokes’ model, the Institute has its central hub at the Harwell Campus. The hub will house a unique portfolio of scientific tools and researchers from both industry and academia. Equipment and researchers will also be located in spokes distributed throughout our partner network of ten leading UK universities.

The Institute is open to new collaborations and partnerships with both academia and industry – for more information please see the theme pages, or our collaborations page here.


  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020 and beyond

The Rosalind Franklin Institute was announced by the UK government, interim co-academic leads Professor Andrew Livingston, Imperial College, and Professor James Naismith, Oxford University, and Director of the Research Complex at Harwell, were appointed to guide the formation of the Institute.

The joint venture forming the Institute was signed by our 11 partners - ten leading UK Universities and the research council UKRI-STFC, in Spring 2018, and the Institute became an independent charity.

Road-maps for the core themes, with key technologies identified, have been produced by theme leaders working with their communities, and several projects have commenced.

The senior leadership team, including the chair and board, were appointed.

Building work on the Hub will commence at Harwell, managed by UKRI-STFC.

Work in the themes will continue, with investments being made in the spokes and at Harwell. Relationships with industrial and academic partners will deepen, and new grants and projects will begin to emerge.

The Hub at Harwell will open, with technologies installed across the five themes, accompanied by a support team of technical and corporate staff.

Activity in the spokes will continue to grow, with research projects based around the core technologies developing nationally.