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2 Characteristics of the UK Research Base: high performance Citations (all sectors) per unit spend on GERD for UK and comparators ( ) Source: Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) Elsevier 2013 The UK research base is second in the world for excellence and the most productive country for research in the G8

3 An internationally competitive Research Base More Universities near the top of international rankings than any country other than the USA UK s research base second in the world only to the USA for number of citations, and it is the most productive country for research in the G8 in citations and publications per pound.[1] With 1% world population UK produces 6.4% of world publications, receive 11.6% of citations and 15.9% of citations with highest impact. UK has won 79 Nobel Prizes for science and technology including Medicine in Second in the world and more than anywhere else in Europe. World Economic Forum [3] evaluation ranks UK among top four nations in the world in university-business R&D collaboration a notable competitive advantage for the UK Global Innovation Index 2014 [4] showed the UK moving up to 2 nd in the world rankings (and still ahead of US) out of 142 economies (from 14 th in 2010). [1] International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base, December 2013 [2] Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey [3] [4]

4 Why does Government fund Science and Research? Improving the performance of existing businesses Businesses, public and third sector organisations spent nearly 2.6billion with HEIs in 2012/13 on contract research, collaborative research and consultancy Creating new businesses: UK second only to the US for spin-outs Autonomy, based on Cambridge University research, is now a FTSE100 company Economic Impact Delivering highly skilled people to the labour market e.g. 20,440 new PhDs and 173,840 other higher degrees in 2011/12 Improving public policy and public services. BIS acts as custodian of the research base for all Government Departments. e.g. Research Council funding instrumental to developing the Institute for Fiscal Studies Attracting R&D investment from global business e.g. 658 new R&D projects attracted to the UK for the period 2009/ /12

5 BIS strategic priorities for science and research funding Concentrating funding on excellence with impact Protect leveraged funding from collaboration with business and charities. Flow of new researchers National capability to support other Government departments Access to large scale research infrastructure Research into strategic national challenges Research clusters for economic growth Stability of funding Financial sustainability through the full economic cost policy

6 Government investment in Science & Research Our Objective - to deliver and maintain a UK research base which is : excellent across a broad span of disciplines flexible, responsive and dynamic financially and intellectually sustainable and has a high impact on the economy and society This is enabled by: Dual Support for HEIs: Project funding from Research Councils Institutional funding from Funding Councils (Quality-Related research funding QR ) Funding for national research institutes by Research Councils with core and project funding Most countries with a large research base have a combination of core institutional (often formula based) and project directed funding.

7 Science and Research Independence Haldane Principle Research Councils & National Academies decisions on individual research proposals are best taken by researchers themselves through peer review. Prioritisation of an individual Research Council s spending within its allocation is not a decision for Ministers. HEFCE has statutory independence Further and Higher Education Act 1992 the Secretary of State may not attach terms and conditions on grants to HEFCE which are framed by reference to: particular courses of study, programmes of research, the criteria for the selection and appointment of academic staff or the admission of students. Government sets the overall level of funding for science and research, allocations to partner bodies, and has role in agreeing longer term/large scale infrastructure

8 BIS Research Funding Bodies Arts & Humanities 98m Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) 1,686m (NB there are Equivalent HE Funding bodies in Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland) Engineering & Physical Sciences 792m Non-clinical Biosciences 351m 2014/15 figures for Resource (i.e. not including Capital) Economics & Social Science 153m Medical Research 575m Natural & Environmental Sciences 289m Science Facilities 385m

9 REF2014 and Impact Assessment Research Excellence Framework, in development by the HE Funding bodies of UK since 2006, - based on peer/expert review of : Research Outputs (65%) research & impact Environment (15%) Impact from excellence research (20%) New element : expert-review of case studies of impact arising from excellent research Nov HEIs completed submissions over 191,000 research outputs from over 52,000 academics, along with 7,000 impact case studies Dec 2014 Outcomes published following peer review through 36 units of assessments first Research allocations informed by REF2014

10 Research Excellence - funding for institutions (millions) The two halves of the Dual Support System allocate money differently- Research Councils to prospective projects and HEFCE to departments based on retrospective assessment Each stream provides different incentives and dynamics, but both focus on excellent research and are highly concentrated on the strongest institutions HE Funding bodies (Research Funding) and Research Councils & Academies funding to UK HEIs ( ) Source: HESA Finance Record 2012/13 Recurrent (research) Funding Body Grant BIS Research Councils & Academies Higher Education Institutions 10 Universities receive 43% of all research funding from the HE Funding Bodies. These same 10 Universities also receive 51% of Research Council grant funding.

11 Collaboration: Cross Council Programmes Food Security Major response to strategic challenges for the nation and the world Coordinated impact greater than sum of the parts Digital Economy Living With Environmental Change Global Uncertainties Ageing Energy

12 Million US dollars (2005) Million US dollars (2005) Gross Expenditure on R&D UK Govt investment in science maintained in cash terms. However, the differential with some comparative countries in terms of research intensity (Gross Expenditure by all funding sources on R&D (GERD), measured as a share of the country s GDP) is increasing Gross Expenditure on Research & Development United States (on right axis) China (on right axis) Japan (on right axis) Germany Korea France UK Russia Year

13 Delivering Impact to the economy and society Past InnovateUK Research Excellence Framework (REF) will recognise universities impacts from excellent research. Present Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) and the Business Research element of QR support universities current capacity to work with business. Future Research Councils Pathways to Impact encourage researchers to consider potential beneficiaries and the future pathways towards impact

14 Collaboration through Campuses Research complex at Harwell Thriving environments for businesses, industry and universities Access to world-leading facilities and services Collaboration and innovation which supports the creation and growth of business Access to unique training environments and world-leading expertise

15 Intellectual Property 15 The UK ranked #1 in TaylorWessing Global Intellectual Property Index (GPI). GPI compares IP regimes of 36 jurisdictions UK success attributed to favourable perception amongst Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

16 Universities working with business and others A period of growing government funding for universities has also seen universities do increasingly well at business interaction and attracting external income from other sources. Last year universities secured nearly 3.6bn from external sources. M 4,000 3,500 3,000 2,500 2,000 1,500 1, Grand Total IP (including sale of shares) Facilities and equipment related services Regeneration and development programmes Consultancy CPD and CE Collaborative research Contract research Source: HEBCI surveys

17 Big data Satellites and Space Robotics and Autonomous systems Synthetic biology 17 Regenerative Medicine Agriscience Advanced materials nano - technology Energy storage Life Science Aerospace Nuclear Oil and Gas Offshore wind Information Economy Agri-tech Education Automotive Professional Business Services Construction Importance of application of emerging technology to sector High Medium Low

18 cf France s Strategy The 10 societal challenges Management of resources and adaptation to climate change Clean, safe and efficient energy Industrial renewal Health and well-being Food security and demographic challenge Sustainable cities and transports Information and communication society Innovative, integrative and adaptive societies Space: Freedom and security of European territory, citizens and residents:

19 With Action Programmes Five action programmes will be implemented in the following areas: Big data Earth system Synthetic biology From bench to bedside Human culture

20 Reaching Out International Collaboration Participating in global science and innovation: Science and innovation are increasingly international endeavours. That is why this strategy must have a global reach. Science and Innovation Network Newton Fund ERA G7, G7+5, G20 : Open Access and Infrastructure

21 The Newton Fund The Newton Fund is part of the UK's official development assistance: 375 million: 75 million each year from 2014 for 5 years 15 partnering countries collaborating with 15 UK delivery partners

22 Partner Countries Brazil China Chile Colombia Egypt India Indonesia Kazakhstan Malaysia Mexico Philippines South Africa Thailand Turkey Vietnam

23 People School Student PhD Postdoc Early Career Academician STEM PhD Newton Newton Pipeline Partnerships International Advanced Fellowships Fellowships Technical training and employability Leadership in Innovation Developing science and innovation capability Researcher Mobility Schemes

24 Research activity examples Public health intervention development scheme Increasing resilience to natural hazards in earthquake prone regions Marine development feasibility studies Centre for Digital Copyright and IP Research in China

25 Translation Activity examples Research & Innovation Bridges: institutional bridges between centres of innovation focusing on particular challenge areas Newton Institutional Links: University to university programmes which create the potential for spin-outs Climate science for service partnerships with the UK MET office

26 The UK Science & Innovation Network (SIN) Science & innovation are key in promoting sustainable growth and prosperity. The challenges facing governments are increasingly global - pandemic disease, climate change, food security, etc. International collaboration in science and innovation is vital for meeting these global challenges SIN is made up of 90 officers, in 47 locations in 28 countries and territories.

27 SIN France Case study: 2014 Franco-British Summit SIN supported negotiations towards the signing of a MOU between to UK and French space agencies The MOU was signed in the presence of President Hollande and Prime Minister Cameron This led to increased joint working on satellites, including for weather forecasting and monitoring water on Earth s surface

28 Opportunities and Challenges strong support for science & research funding best place in the world to do science & research more UK universities in the world s top 100 broad span of excellence research base, business and public services

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