Food & Water
Research Centre

World-class laboratory facilities and support to help advance global research in food and water safety, food quality management, nutrition improvement and environment protection.

Our Mission

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Innovative research is essential to the future safety and sustainability of our food and water supplies.

At the International Food and Water Research Centre (IFWRC), we believe in providing access to the most advanced specialty instrumentation, scientific minds, and funding options, in order to support meaningful projects and enable valuable research to be undertaken quickly and effectively.

Our goal is to help qualifying labs make use of the right instrumentation at the right time, and connect them with researchers through a network of industry and academic experts, as well as with on-site staff specialists. With this support, we expect new ideas and hypotheses to emerge that will further advance food and water safety research across the globe.

Types of Projects the IFWRC Can Support

  • Food Authenticity
  • Food Fraud Discovery
  • Water Contamination Research
  • Food Quality Enhancement
  • New Ingredient/Formulation Studies
  • Diet and Health Management

Who Can Apply to Use the IFWRC?

Any scientist with a project related to food and water safety, and who cannot access the necessary equipment for their methodology, is invited to apply. Typical applicants might include principle scientists and investigators working in universities, food companies, government agencies, NGOs and other research organizations with projects on (but not limited to) food safety and quality, water quality, nutrition management, new ingredient discovery, and diet and health management.

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Benefits of using the IFWRC

  • Access to a state-of-the-art research environment, with skilled scientists on site
  • Use of advanced analytical instruments and informatics
  • Unbiased and insightful feedback from global industrial and academic experts

Our Scientific Advisory Panel

Comprised of experts from both academic and industrial fields, our Scientific Advisory Panel’s mission is to build a strong committee that will promote collaboration among scientists globally. The panel plays a key role in providing unbiased feedback and scientific insights to the centre’s operation. The panel also provides advice for ongoing projects already underway in the IFWRC.

Christopher Elliott
Christopher Elliott
Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor, School of Biological Sciences, Director of the Institute for Global Food Security, Queens University Belfast, Ireland
Dr. Gaud Dervilly-Pinel
Dr. Gaud Dervilly-Pinel
Scientific Advisor, The Nantes-Atlantic National College of Veterinary Medicine, Food Science and Engineering, France
Peter Hancock
Dr. Peter Hancock
Director, Food & Environmental Scientific Operations, Waters Corporation, UK
Ong Choon Nam
Ong Choon Nam
Professor, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and Director, NUS Environmental Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Dr. Benjamin Smith
Dr. Benjamin Smith
Director, Innovations in Food and Chemical Safety Programme, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Facilities Provided by the IFWRC

The IFWRC provides users with all of the scientific and workspace facilities needed to work outside of their own labs. 

Office Space

Conference room facilities include video calling and ceiling mics, allowing for simple and efficient remote collaboration. Dedicated desk space for each project owner creates a comfortable work environment outside the laboratory.

Fully Stocked Prep Lab

Everything you need to prepare samples is available in the prep lab, which can be conveniently accessed from both the office space and the analytical lab.

Analytical Lab

A fully supported lab, supplied by Waters Corporation, that provides a range of high-performance instrumentation, software and consumables to answer the most demanding scientific questions.



Tandem (triple) quadrupoles and QTof technologies to answer quantitative, qualitative and screening questions


Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) platforms with optical and mass detection


Laboratory software that merges LC and MS data into a single solution


Full range of Solid Phase Extraction methods to address a wide variety of sample types


Comprehensive and innovative range of column chemistries


Tandem quadrupole with GC inlet, ideal for highly matrixed sample types

Applications and Enquiries


Our Scientific Advisory Panel reviews all applications and selects global projects to be implemented in the lab. For more information about how to apply, and for all other general enquiries, please complete the form below.