The Institute of Food Research (IFR) is situated within the Norwich Research Park; together with the nearby University of East Anglia, John Innes Centre for Plant Science Research, the site possesses the largest number (>1000) of biological scientists in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. IFR provides the leading national resource for basic and strategic research on Food Safety, Quality and Nutrition. It is the UK's only integrated basic science provider in this area and is sponsored by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) with 200 staff and 70 visiting scientists and students.
The Institute has been active in EU research since the 1980s, having coordinated over 30 projects (including EuroPrevall) and participated in more than 120. The Institute has dedicated support for financial and contract administration and has Quality Assurance certification (ISO 9001).
IFR is involved in Tasks 3 and 4 relating to ingredient and low cost food characterisation. The Institute has extensive experience in understanding the functional properties of proteins and carbohydrates. Additionally the bio-accessibility of a range of foods has been assessed using a number of different in-vitro simulated digestion models that are both physical and biochemical in nature.