Universities UK responds to the government's commitment to funding UK science and research

1 April 2021
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Professor Julia Buckingham, President, Universities UK said: 
  
“We are very pleased that the government has averted threats to UK science and research by allocating additional funding to support the UK’s association to Horizon Europe; and welcome their commitment to increase investment in R&D to 2.4% of GDP by 2027.  
  
“Given current pressures on public finances this is a significant affirmation of the government’s belief in research, recognising the pivotal role it plays in the UK’s current and future prosperity, and ensuring UK universities will remain at the forefront of efforts to address the most pressing global challenges.” 
 
Notes
  1. Universities UK understands that the combination of new funding, and repurposed funding which had not yet been allocated, means that there will be no funding gap for research in FY 21/22.  

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