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Investing in science

Last reviewed 
18 December 2014

Stable long-term investment in medical research is vital for the development of new treatments and also generates economic benefits for the UK. 

Policy 
  • Long-term government investment in research through the dual support system is needed to underpin the UK’s vibrant science base. It allows scientists to access a diverse mix of funding and respond to new challenges and opportunities.
  • The Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF), distributed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), supports world-class universities and enables public donations to be spent directly on research. The fund should be increased to reflect greater charity investment.
  • Investment in research by the Medical Research Council (MRC) must be protected and increased to provide a strong foundation of knowledge and expertise on which charities can build.
Quality and standards 
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