Research and Funding

CaSE is advocates for safeguarding and expanding the financial support for the UK’s science and engineering base. We report on Government spending announcements and analyse how such boosts or cuts could affect the science and engineering community and our national research output. Ensuring adequate funding for science and engineering is a huge part of our work, and stimulates strong engagement with both Parliament and the media, as this section reveals.

Here you will find blogs, reports, briefings and consultations on Research and Funding. To see only CaSE reports, briefings and consultations, use the button above.

CaSE responds to 2014 Budget

“New investments welcome but gear shift needed to win global race”

Below is CaSE’s response to the 2014 Budget. You can also read our our  2014 Budget background paper.

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CaSE welcomes increase in science ringfence

CaSE is delighted to welcome the Government’s increase in the ringfenced science budget from £4,576m to £4,691m for 2015-16, an increase of £115m.

The Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts, and the Chancellor, George Osborne, have both emphasised that science is a priority for the Government and this announcement demonstrates their commitment.   Read More »

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Government R&D hit by disproportionate cuts, again

The Prime Minister and the Chancellor have clearly indicated their commitment to the UK’s world-leading science sector and its ability to drive economic recovery, so we are dismayed to uncover evidence of widespread disinvestment in science across government.

The Government’s expenditure on research and development (R&D) across all government departments is an important element of public funding of science.  It is used to commission the UK science and engineering sector to provide a range of information, including scientific monitoring, surveillance, policy evaluation and new research.

In 2012, CaSE analysis of budget changes between 2009/10 and 2010/11 found evidence that many departments under financial pressure reduced R&D more than other spending. This year, analysis by CaSE of figures for 2010/11 and 2011/12, reported in the Financial Times, shows that Whitehall’s R&D expenditure has been slashed by £856 million since 2009-10, with many departments seeing year on year cuts to R&D.

You can read a full PDF of the analysis here.

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CaSE responds to the 2013 Autumn Statement

“Science supported at the highest levels – will it be sustained across government?”

Contact Dr Sarah Main at the Campaign for Science and Engineering for further details; 020 7679 4995/ 07791800858

You can also read CaSE’s full briefing on how science and engineering fared in the Autumn Statement here. Read More »

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CaSE Briefing – Autumn Statement 2013

This document sets out CaSE’s summary of announcements made today in the Autumn Statement that are relevant to science and engineering. They cover

  • Science and innovation
  • Education and skills
  • Infrastructure and capital
  • Departmental resource reduction

You can also read CaSE’s response to the Autumn Statement here.

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CaSE responds to Lords report on infrastructure

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has today published its report on scientific infrastructure, warning that the UK’s large scale scientific resources are being compromised by a lack of long term strategic investment.

CaSE welcomes this timely and comprehensive review by the Committee. Scientific infrastructure, including large pieces of equipment such as the synchrotron, aeroplanes for environmental monitoring, and high performance computing for large data sets, are essential to keep the UK at the forefront of discovery. Read More »

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CaSE response to the Lords inquiry on Scientific Infrastructure

The following is CaSE’s full response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report on scientific infrastructure – submitted June 2013. You can read CaSE’s response to the Committee’s final response here.

What role should the Government play in ensuring that there is an effective long-term strategy for meeting future scientific infrastructure needs?

A long-term strategy for meeting future infrastructure needs must be underpinned by a scientific infrastructure roadmap and accompanied by a long-term funding commitment.  Such a roadmap will include the case for well-argued large facilities, in addition to the maintenance and upgrade of existing facilities and provision for international collaborations. Read More »

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CaSE cross-party debate summary

In October, CaSE brought together the science spokespeople from each of the main political parties to debate the future direction of science and engineering in the UK. The event, kindly hosted by the Royal Society and chaired by Pallab Ghosh, gave us the opportunity to hear from each party on issues ranging from the use of scientific advice in Government through to research funding and matters around diversity in science and engineering. Read More »

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Watch the CaSE Cross-Party Debate

Last Wednesday saw CaSE bring together the science spokespeople from the three main Westminster parties to debate the future direction of science and engineering in the UK. Read More »

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EU Scientific Advisor gives Annual Lecture

(L-R) CaSE Director Dr Sarah Main, CaSE Chair Prof. Hugh Griffiths, EU Chief Scientific Advisor Prof. Anne Glover

Last Tuesday saw the CaSE 2013 Annual Lecture, given by the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission, Professor Anne Glover CBE.

The event was kindly hosted by the Zoological Society of London, with over 200 delegates in attendance from across industry, academia, learned societies and the general public. Read More »

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CaSE responds to the 2013 Spending Review

UK scientific competitiveness at risk’

In response to today’s announcement, which sees maintenance of the science budget at £4.6bn, CaSE has produced a briefing paper on the 2013 Spending Review.

Commenting on the announcement, CaSE Director Dr Sarah Main said:

“The signs had been good – the Chancellor had said that science was a ‘personal priority’  and that he was ‘up for the challenge of making the UK the best place in the world to do science’.  But instead the research community is left exposed to competition from the global scientific premier league of nations.” Read More »

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Can the Chancellor promote the UK to the scientific premier league?

“The spending review is about making choices, and for me science is a personal priority.”

Chancellor George Osborne at last week’s ‘topping out’ ceremony at the Francis Crick Institute

“I am up for the challenge… of making Britain the best place in the world to do science.”

Chancellor George Osborne in speech to the Royal Society 9 November 2012

CaSE welcomes the positive signals from the Chancellor of the Exchequer about his personal commitment to science in advance of the spending review. Read More »

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CaSE welcomes Chancellor’s commitment to science

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 »

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Academies call on gov’t to support research

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 »

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BIS requests feedback on research priorities

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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What’s driving the UK’s innovation system?

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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Research investment welcome, but we need to aim higher

“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.

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Willetts allocates Autumn Statement funding to ‘eight great technologies’

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 »

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CaSE backs Osborne’s science ambition

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.

George Osborne

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Lord Heseltine delivers Annual Lecture 2012

John Russell: Campaign for Science and Engineering: Annual Lecutre with Lord Heseltine &emdash; 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 »

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