BIS have today published the eagerly awaited 'Success as a Knowledge Economy' White Paper, recognising the critical role that the research and innovation landscape play in maintaining the UK’s leading position for science excellence and skills.
Dr Rebecca Lumsden, Head of Science Policy at the ABPI commented "We support the outlined plans for UKRI, especially the commitment to protect both dual funding and the Haldane Principle in the allocation of funds. The Research Council brands are internationally recognised, based on their scientific strength and leadership within their disciplines, so their retention will be important for maintaining the UK's international reputation."
"These proposals should allow funders to focus on their subject-area expertise and scientific leadership whilst freeing up scarce resources and time to address the strategy and improvement for British science and not just upkeep. Moreover, we recognise the important role this new umbrella organisation will play in promoting inter-disciplinary research."
"There are many details to follow-on from these proposals to be considered in the coming months and the ABPI look forward to the opportunity to contribute our members' views to that process. John Kingman, in his new role as Chair of UKRI will bring an expert view on the importance of the research and innovation landscape for the UK economy, and we look forward to working with him to maintain the UK as one of the premier league destinations for life sciences research."