The Germplasm Resources Unit (GRU) is funded through a national capability grant from the BBSRC. This award is to support the development of the GRU as a UK national facility to curate and develop germplasm resource centre as a community resource for the UK bioscience community and commercial plant breeders.

The award recognises the national and international responsibilities of the GRU in its engagement with UK policy and delivery in the area of conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture through a number of the public collections.