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Realising our ambition through science: a review of Government Science Capability

Government funding Research and development Science United Kingdom

This report assesses the UK government’s current science and engineering capabilities and recommends how best to use these to meet future challenges. 

Key Recommendations 

  • Every department should have a clearly defined science system, set out in a single document which incorporates the entire range of that department’s science activity.
  • All departments should publish annual Areas of Research Interest documents to encourage collaboration and commissioning of R&D
  • The government should make greater use of Public Laboratories as leaders in directed R&D programmes
  • Departmental submissions to HM Treasury as part of Spending Reviews should include a statement of research and development need together with costed plans for meeting those needs
  • For important cross-government areas of science, shared governance models should be established to improve co-ordination and to maximise funding opportunities
  • Plans should be developed to ensure the Civil Service has the scientific skills it needs and the mechanisms to deploy them effectively including remedies for any skills shortages
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