BIS have today published the eagerly awaited 'Success as a Knowledge Economy' White Paper, recognising the critical role that the research and innovation landscape play in maintaining the UK’s leading position for science excellence and skills.
Aisling Burnand, CEO of Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) said “While the current system of research funding in the UK has proven highly effective over many years, there is clearly room for improvement in co-ordination between funding bodies, and in delivering strategic cross-cutting and inter-disciplinary research. The independence of the seven research councils in the UK has been central to retaining the global reputation of the UK’s science base, and we hope that the seven research disciplines will indeed continue to have strong and autonomous leadership, as promised by Government today in the Higher Education White Paper. We also welcome the appointment of John Kingman as chair of UK Research and Innovation.
We welcome the repeated pledge to preserve the Haldane principle, as well as the Government’s commitment to the valued dual-support system which will be enshrined in legislation for the first time.
The health and medical research charities that AMRC represents choose to fund research in UK universities because of the world-class research environments they provide. We look forward to continued collaboration, supported by the vital charity research support element of QR funding, and remain optimistic that excellence continues to be the primary criterion via which research funding is allocated. It’s vital the implementation of the Government’s changes will occur in such a way as to ensure adequate transition periods with no disruption to funding flows to researchers and universities.”