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Working across borders is fundamental to UK’s top researchers

Survey of 1,286 researchers underlines the importance of international collaboration and mobility in science and engineering
Having the freedom to move internationally and pursue collaborations in other countries is essential for good research and innovation, according to a survey of fellows and grant recipients of the UK’s four national academies, the Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society.
In the face of impending Brexit, the academies commissioned a qualitative and quantitative study of their members and grant recipients to better understand their international collaborations and mobility.
In total, 1,286 of the UK’s leading researchers, including 762 fellows and 524 grant recipients across the four national academies, were surveyed.

First scientists move in to London’s new world-leading research lab

New £650 million laboratory welcomes the first researchers to begin their collaboration and help strengthen the UK’s world-leading reputation in science.
Backed by £350 million of government investment, the first scientists are moving in and beginning to work in the new Francis Crick Institute – one of the most developed facilities for medical research in the world.

It will support 1,250 scientists in investigating and understanding biological processes that could lead to pioneering drugs and treatments for illnesses such as cancer, stroke and motor neurone disease.

UK to merge research and innovation in a single agency with £6B budget

The new body will absorb seven research councils, covering all scientific disciplines, and the innovation agency Innovate UK, with the aim of creating integrated funding system
The UK government is to create a single research funding body, bringing together seven research councils, the innovation agency Innovate UK and research funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The new body, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will command a £6 billion budget.

Innovate UK: A closer look at the government’s reform to grants funding

Daniel Tenner: Grants for ground-breaking innovation should notice little change. 

In his latest column for Business Advice, co-founder of GrantTree and contributing grants expert, Daniel Tenner, takes a closer look at what the proposed government changes to specific grant funding options in last year’s Autumn Statement may mean in real terms for small business.

State of play in UK innovation policy

High level changes in government

Proposed reforms to the UK research and innovation landscape, coupled with the UK’s decision to leave the EU, has led to speculation around how commercialisation and capitalisation of UK discoveries may be impacted. In May 2016, the Government White Paper Success as a knowledge economy set out plans to include the UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK in the newly established overarching body for research, innovation and knowledge exchange – UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The UK Higher Education and Research Bill which will bring these reforms to life is currently under consideration in the House of Commons and recently passed its second reading; these changes are discussed in an earlier blog post.

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