Welcome boost for science and engineering… but some concerns

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a £600M injection into the UK’s scientific research infrastructure in his Autumn Statement. The money is directed at eight strands of research outlined by the Chancellor in a November speech to the Royal Society. These are:
  1. The Data Revolution and energy-efficient computing
  2. Synthetic Biology: Harnessing the $100 billion Bioeconomy
  3. Regenerative Medicine
  4. Agri-Science
  5. Energy Storage and the stockpiling of electricity
  6. Advanced Materials and Nano-technology
  7. Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  8. Opportunities to be a world leader in satellites and commercial applications of Space technology.

No real detail yet on how this money may be distributed. There’s still a Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) in the offing…

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