Backing for appliance of science to UK strengths

“The Government will push ahead with its controversial plan to align research funding with the UK’s future industrial strengths. The plan could see funding concentrated on fields that are considered useful to the economy, while other areas may receive less money. The proposal, put forward last month by Lord Drayson, the Science Minister, was backed by John Denham, the Universities Secretary, in a speech at the Royal Academy of Engineering last week. In the speech he said the question was no longer ‘whether’ to choose which areas to back but ‘how’ to choose them. He reiterated this in an interview with Times Higher Education. Mr Denham said that UK research funding should ‘focus on those areas where there are significant growth opportunities over the next 20 years; where the UK has a realistic prospect of being a world leader; and where we have a clear competitive advantage’ …” (more)

[Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education, 26 Febuary]

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