Yesterday was a day of positive signals from the Chancellor, George Osborne, about his intentions to make investment in science a priority in the forthcoming spending review.
After holding a breakfast meeting with Science Minister David Willetts, the Presidents of the Royal Academies, and representatives from leading academic and business institutions, Osborne tweeted,
“Breakfast with scientists in No11. Talked breakthroughs, opportunities for British industry and spending – where science is a priority” Read More
The Presidents of the four UK National Academies – the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society, the British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering – have called on the Government to guarantee a stable investment framework for research and innovation over the next ten years. Read More
In a newly published letter, the Director General for Knowledge and Innovation at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), has requested feedback on government priorities towards science and research funding. Read More
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Yesterday CaSE attended a Parliamentary debate at Portcullis House, looking at the “key drivers of the UK’s innovation system”. While the question framed at the outset was “Which contributes more to British innovation, research tax credits or universities?”, the discussion rapidly took a different angle, focusing instead on how best to incentivise innovation across all research environments – from large companies to research laboratories, recognising that each plays a different role in driving innovation.
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“Additional commitments reduce shortfall in research capital, but we need to aim higher”
New analysis by CaSE shows that the £1.7bn shortfall in research capital the Research Base Budget faced following the 2010 Spending Review (SR10) has been reduced to just over £330m following a string of additional commitments.
CaSE’s paper (Public Funding of UK Science and Engineering – March 2013 update) shows that additional commitments to research capital now total over £1350m.
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts
Today’s speech by the Universities and Science Minister allocates just over £460m of the £600m allocated to science in the Autumn Statement to the ‘eight great technologies’ the Chancellor outlined in his speech at the Royal Society last year. Read More
CaSE has today welcomed the Chancellor’s pledge of an extra £600m for new science funding as part of the Autumn Statement, the biggest single announcement of new research spending since the beginning of the coalition.
Lord Heseltine, the former Deputy Prime Minister, used the 2012 CaSE Annual Lecture to call for science to help drive the UK’s economic growth.
Heseltine – who served in the Cabinet under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and ultimately became Deputy Prime Minister – recently published his report ‘No Stone Unturned‘. The report, commissioned by George Osborne and Vince Cable, makes 89 recommendations for getting the UK back on the path to prosperity. Read More
Speech by Lord Heseltine to the Campaign for Science and Engineering, Science Museum IMAX Theatre, 27th November 2012. Sponsored by Airbus and EADS
Thank you for inviting me and it is a pleasure to be here. Read More
CaSE has today welcomed the Chancellor George Osborne’s speech at the Royal Society, in which he highlighted the critical role of science in ensuring economic growth and social wellbeing.
In particular, the announcement of an additional £60 million over five years for the UK’s commitment through the European Space Agency will ensure the UK remains a leader in space science. Read More
CaSE and Nesta have launched our new campaign, ‘4Growth‘, which calls on the Government to invest the proceeds from the forthcoming 4G spectrum auction.
Whitehall departments have cut their research and development (R&D) budgets disproportionately, a new CaSE investigation has found – despite suggestions that such spending would be protected.
Read exclusive coverage in the Financial Times.
CaSE welcomes today’s announcement from George Osborne of an additional £200m for the Research Partnership Investment Fund – bringing the fund’s total to £300m. Read More
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is today calling for a new short-term home-building programme and a two-year stamp duty holiday. The plan is intended to get the economy moving again, and would be funded with the sale of the 4G mobile spectrum.
We do need economic change, and home-building is a potential vote-winner. But – bearing in mind that it was an unsustainable property boom that helped to cause the financial crash in the first place – is it best use of the windfall? Read More
At their party conference this morning in Brighton, the Liberal Democrats passed ‘Developing a Future – Policies for Science and Research’ – a policy motion urging the Government to increase investment in science and research across the UK.
The motion was moved by former scientist Dr Julian Huppert MP, and CaSE contributed to the development of the underlying policy paper.
Chile became the first South American country to join the OECD, and is recognized as one of the fastest growing Latin American economies. But Chile has big cracks in two pillars critical for our economic and social progress: Science, and Education.
In our recent letter to Science we emphasized how the Chilean state has been effectively deaf for decades. It has ignored over 10 national and international reports from local and foreign experts and scientists, international organisations and science academies and societies, describing the need for a national plan for research and development under a proper institutional framework and governance for science. Read More
The Olympics are over for another four years and Great Britain basks in the glory of a fantastic month for Team GB, both off and on the field. The final medal table showed – and the Paralympics continue to show – that Britain punches well above its weight when it comes to sporting success.
Team GB finished third behind the superpowers of the US and China: we collected 65 medals in total, 29 of them gold, beating the 47 medals collected by our athletes in the 2008 Beijing games and far surpassing the 48 medal target set by UK Sport, the funding body for the UK’s athletes. Read More
“Science and research are critical to our future health, wealth and happiness. The UK has a proud history of leading the world in ideas and innovation that have changed our planet and way of life.
But in recent decades, the UK government has not sufficiently recognised the importance of research and development. This country spends less on R&D than we used to, and than other countries do now.
If unchecked, this decline threatens to hurt our economy, reduce employment, and render the UK ever more reliant on buying innovation from overseas at great expense.
The Liberal Democrats’ de facto science spokesman, Dr Julian Huppert MP, has published a paper outlining where he thinks the party’s science policy should be heading.
“Developing a future” is the party’s first dedicated science policy paper since 1991 – and, more importantly, the first that has been developed while the party is in Government. As an added interest for CaSE, we took part in Dr Huppert’s consultation, and have been eager to see the outcome.
You can read the full policy paper here, but we’ve pulled out some selected highlights below.
CaSE has today called on the Government to protect the EU’s research budget from a UK-led campaign for overall cuts.
The UK is one of eight member nations calling for EU budget cuts, which includes funding for ‘Horizon 2020‘ – the EU’s research programme from 2014 to 2020. Read More
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