Professor Sir Adrian Smith has been commissioned by the Secretary of State for BEIS and the Minister of State for USCRI to provide independent advice on the design of future UK funding schemes for international collaboration, innovation and curiosity-driven blue-skies research.
The advice team will hold evidence gathering meetings across the UK. Alongside this the team are running a written call for evidence to inform this advice. Written submissions to this call for written evidence would be welcome by close of play on 24 May 2019.
The UK is committed to ongoing collaboration in research and innovation with partners across Europe and internationally. Global relationships in research and innovation are more important than ever. The UK would like the option to associate to Horizon Europe and is continuing to actively shape the development of that programme however it is also exploring in parallel credible and ambitious alternatives to deliver positive outcomes for science, research and innovation in the event that the UK does not associate.
Global relationships in research and innovation are more important than ever. Many of the world’s greatest economic and social challenges can be addressed only through international partnerships. Furthermore, the UK Government is committed to raising total UK investment in R&D to 2.4% of GDP by 2027, and to 3 per cent in the longer term.
International partnerships and collaboration will play an important part in helping to achieve these ambitions and in supporting the Industrial Strategy’s Grand Challenges. Sir Adrian’s advice will help the Government to ensure that the UK continues to be a global leader in science, research and innovation, and an attractive country for individuals to study and work. Furthermore, the advice will inform the upcoming Spending Review.
See the Terms of Reference for this work.