Welcome boost for science and engineering…but some concerns

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a £600M injection into the UK’s scientific research infrastructure in his Autumn Statement. The money is directed at eight strands of research outlined by the Chancellor in a November speech to the Royal Society. These are:

  1. The Data Revolution and energy-efficient computing
  2. Synthetic Biology: Harnessing the $100 billion Bioeconomy
  3. Regenerative Medicine
  4. Agri-Science
  5. Energy Storage and the stockpiling of electricity
  6. Advanced Materials and Nano-technology
  7. Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  8. Opportunities to be a world leader in satellites and commercial applications of Space technology.

No real detail yet on how this money may be distributed. Please do keep your “impact stories” coming in: there’s still a Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) in the offing…


  1. Concerns have been raised following last week’s Autumn Statement that previously “ring fenced” science funding could be under threat. In the statement, Chancellor George Osborne said that there will be cuts for “non-protected departments of 1 per cent in 2013-14 and 2 per cent in 2014-15 “, which would result in £430 million of reductions for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). It’s now thought that the spending review will be in early 2013 to set departmental budgets for 2015-16, when the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests unprotected departments such as BIS could face further cuts of 3.2%.

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