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Centre for Novel Agricultural Products


PhD by research
The Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) is committed to training young researchers in its multi-disciplinary environment. Postgraduates studying within CNAP for their PhD programme are supported by a wide range of sponsors.  

As part of the Department of Biology, graduates in CNAP undertake a programme of research, guided by their supervisor and a training panel consisting of an additional two academics with relevant expertise.  There is a formal requirement for a range of activities, including taught courses on transferable skills and generic technologies.  All graduates have access to the Departmental Technology Facility, ensuring training in new technologies in biological science
For further information for prospective students click here

Independent Research Fellows

CNAP has hosted a number of independent Research Fellows developing their own research interests, funded by competitive awards from the BBSRC, The Royal Society and Fellowships from Germany, Austria and the United States.

If you wish to consider CNAP as a host for your fellowship, please contact the CNAP Director. 

Useful links:

BBSRC fellowships
Royal Society fellowship


Latest News

Researchers discovered how catmint evolved to intoxicate cats!

  • Neil Bruce took over as CNAP Director in January 2020
  • CNAP celebrated its 20th anniversary in December 2019!

Ian Graham interviewed on Radio 5 live and podcast

Secret to making renewable energy from wood? The digestive system of the gribble may hold the key!

2 new Networks in Industrial Biotechnology awarded! Congratulations to Ian Graham and Simon McQueen-Mason, who will each lead a phase II NIBB.

New bioeconomy initiative launch in York BioYork established.

Poppy genome decoded DNA code of the opium poppy genome determined.

Poppy (x70)

Strengthening links with India: 2 major new research projects Funding secured by CNAP PIs.

Oilseed rape


CNAP Director, Professor Neil Bruce

CNAP, Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York YO10 5DD, UK