UK Science Escapes Funding Cuts

As reported by Nature, science funding in the UK has been spared deep cuts in the Government’s spending review.

Scientists across the country can now breathe a sigh of relief as £4.6 billion of the core science budget has been granted protection for the four-year budget period.

However, it isn’t all good news as more than £2 billion in research funding will be unprotected. That includes roughly £450 million in capital expenditures at the research councils — money that typically goes towards facilities, and subscriptions to organizations such as the European Space Agency.

However, despite this, even the most sceptical science advocates are pleased by the announcement. Imran Khan, Director of the advocacy group Campaign for Science & Engineering in the UK, stated, “I’m trying to be a grumpy pants’ but he admits this is a ‘a very positive step”. 

What are you views on the spending review and how it will impact science in the UK? Please feel free to leave your comments below.

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