The University of Southampton is to receive part of £18m funding to turn food waste into renewable energy.
The unique project will get a share of the money with 12 other new industrial networks in bioenergy and biotechnology.
The funding by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council aims to boost the relationship between academic research and promoting the benefits for the UK.
Universities Minister David Willetts, who also represents Havant, said:
To get ahead in the global race we need to turn our world-beating science and research into world-beating products and services, as set out in our Industrial Strategy. These networks will unlock the huge potential of biotechnology and bioenergy, such as finding innovative ways to use leftover food, and creating chemicals from plant cells.”