As reported by Chemistry World, scientists rallied outside the UK Treasury on Saturday to protest against the government’s plans to slash research funding in order to tackle the budget deficit.
The protest was planned by campaign group, Science Vital, and was in response to a comment by Vince Cable, business secretary stating that 45 per cent of research grants in the UK went towards research that was not considered ‘excellent’, as a result he said that budgets would have to be squeezed.
Over 25,000 protestors have now signed the Science is Vital petition which calls on government not to reduce science funding as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), which in a week and a half’s time will reveal the government’s spending plans for the next four years.
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